Ross poster display shifts to sci-fi focus

Jun 28th, 2012 | By | Category: Arts & Entertainment, June 28

“Watch the skies, everywhere! Keep looking. Keep watching the skies!”

That final line from the science-fiction classic “The Thing from Another World” is the theme for the new movie poster exhibition open in the lobby of the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center.

Featuring selected posters from the Ross’ Jerry Jensen Cinema 16 Collection, the exhibit includes 16 one sheets and six half sheets representing some of the best science fiction and fantasy films ever made. The exhibit is a sampling of the more than $100,000 worth of posters in the Ross’ collection.

Filmmakers in the exhibit include Michael Crichton, Stanley Kubrick, George Lucas, Ridley Scott, Steven Spielberg and Robert Wise. Film titles include “2001: A Space Odyssey,” “The Black Hole,” “Buck Rogers,” “Coma,” “Flash Gordon,” “Invasion of the Body Snatchers,” “Star Trek: The Motion Picture,” “Star Wars,” and “When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth.”

The lobby display is the continuation of exhibitions, begun six years ago, composed of selections from the Jensen Collection.

This exhibit changes approximately every two years providing an in-depth look at the breadth of the collection.

Gathered by Jerry Jensen, a board member of the Friends of the Ross, the collection includes more than 1,000 movie posters, along with 592 press books, 434 lobby cards and 558 movie stills. Jensen donated the collection to the Ross after learning of plans to include a film storage vault in the current facility.

Jensen also donated more than 800 16-millimeter format feature length films ranging from the silent days to the mid-1980s, and many short subjects and cartoons.

The films have been used for the free Movies on the Green series and by UNL’s film studies program.

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