SIFF (Seattle, WA): Earthquake

National Evening of Science on Screen
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2hr 03mins // directed by:Mark Robson // featuring:Charlton Heston, George Kennedy, Ava Gardner

SIFF (Seattle, WA) will present a screening of Earthquake, introduced by seismologist John Vidale. Please click here for event details.

One of the biggest of the disaster films of the 1970s, 1974’s Earthquake features an all-star cast led by Charlton Heston as a construction engineer who must restore order after a catastrophic earthquake hits Los Angeles. Washington State seismologist and University of Washington Professor John Vidale speaks before the film on different kinds of earthquakes that affect the Pacific Northwest, quake early-warning signs, and preparing for when "the big one" hits Seattle. Q&A follows the screening.

About the Film

Earthquake originally came to the big screen with great fanfare. With a first draft script from The Godfather writer Mario Puzo, the film went head-to-head with the year's other big disaster hit, The Towering Inferno. Released in "Sensurround" (a short-lived theatrical experience that added low frequency effects intended to be felt more than heard), the film received a Special Achievement Academy Award® for its groundbreaking visual effects, which included a clever mixture of miniatures, matte paintings, full-scale sets, and the complete destruction of the Universal Studios backlot.

About the Speaker

Washington State Seismologist and University of Washington Professor John Vidale joins us to discuss the different kinds of earthquakes that affect our area, early warning signs of earthquakes, and how we are preparing for when "the big one" hits Seattle. We'll also have informative flyers on earthquake safety and a free bottle of water, to help start your own Earthquake Preparedness Kit.