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Big Trouble In Little Cinema: The Films Of John Carpenter

Film Geeks SD kick off year-long tribute at Digital Gym Cinema

John Carpenter's student film

Credit: Jack H. Harris Enterprises

Above: John Carpenter's student film "Dark Star" received a theatrical release in 1974. The sci-fi "spaced out odyssey" will kick off the year-long film series Big Trouble in Little Cinema: The Films of John Carpenter at Digital Gym Cinema.

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This Sunday, Jan. 22, Film Geeks San Diego launches its second year-long film series. Big Trouble in Little Cinema: The Films of John Carpenter kicks off at Digital Gym Cinema with the director's theatrically released student film, "Dark Star."

Beth Accomando, KPBS arts reporter, and Miguel Rodriguez, Horrible Imaginings Film Festival director, programmed this series because they see John Carpenter as an underappreciated director. Despite Carpenter's phenomenal success with films such as "Halloween," he has received little mainstream or industry accolades in part because he tends to favor working in genre films that don't get as much respect.

But Carpenter has a devoted following of fans who cherish his films that range from the paranoid sci-fi thriller, "The Thing" to the audacious chopsocky action comedy, "Big Trouble in Little China."

The films will be shown in chronological order of when they were made so that filmgoers can see how Carpenter evolved as a filmmaker. That means "Halloween" will be screening in March.

You can get program updates on the Film Geeks SD Facebook page.

Film schedule (all films screen Sundays at 1:00 PM)

Jan. 22: "Dark Star"

Feb. 26: "Assault on Precinct 13"

Mar. 12: "Halloween"

Apr. 23: "The Fog"

May 28: "The Thing"

June 25: "Christine"

July 30: "Starman"

August 20: "Big Trouble in Little China"

Sept. 24: "Prince of Darkness"

Oct. 22: "They Live"

Nov. 19: "In the Mouth of Madness"

Dec. 10: "Escape from N.Y." and "Escape From L.A."

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