On the centennial of bandleader Sun Ra’s birth—or Earth arrival!—and the 40th anniversary of this cult classic featuring the mythic jazz figure, the Museum presents a special 35mm screening of the sci-fi musical. In Space Is the Place, Sun Ra (1914–1993) and his Intergalactic Myth-Science Arkestra land their yellow spaceship in Oakland; offer an alter-destiny; and battle the FBI, NASA, and a supernatural pimp named the Overseer. The film includes lively performances of such Arkestra favorites as “Watusi,” "The Satellites Are Spinning," and “Outer Spaceways, Inc.” Celebrate the legacy of Sun Ra’s cosmic philosophies, complex persona, and innovative, otherworldly music. 

Hear a recent NPR story on Sun Ra here.


Director
John Coney
Released
1974
Country
USA
Running Time
82 minutes
Format
35mm, Color