The Kirlian Witness (aka The Plants Are Watching)

$11-$13    |  Aug 25, 2019  |  6:00PM - 10:00PM

THE KIRLIAN WITNESS (aka THE PLANTS ARE WATCHING, 1979) Screening
Co-presented by UCLA Film & Television Archive, the Velaslavasay Panorama, the Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies, and Atlas Obscura
Sunday, August 25, 2019
Screening 7 P.M., Pre-Screening Garden Reception 6 P.M.

Can spider plants sense pain? Is fern telepathy feasible? The empathic, ecophilic Laurie (Nancy Boykin) thinks so, most days eschewing human interactions in favor of quality time with her fiddle-leaf fig tree. After a sudden tragedy, her sister Rilla (Nancy Snyder), a photographer and the film's narrator, subsumes Laurie's plant obsession, believing that certain secrets lie within their leaves. Beautifully shot by João Fernandes (Bloodrage), The Kirlian Witness is a botanical thriller of dendritic proportions, and an essential entry in the tiny but rich horticultural horror canon. 

Enjoy a pre-screening reception in the gardens of the Velaslavasay Panorama from 6 P.M. onwards. Film program begins at 7 P.M. at the Velaslavasay Panorama, 1122 West 24th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007 (www.panoramaonview.org).