The Milpitas Monster – Director’s Cut

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Date(s) - 10/30/2018
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Century 20 Great Mall Milpitas


The Milpitas Monster - Director's Cut

The Milpitas Monster – Director’s Cut

Back in 1976 Milpitas had a huge problem: a gigantic fly, bred in the polluted waters of Alviso near the Dump, was knocking over garbage cans and spewing trash everywhere. The only citizen to get a good look at it was the town drunk (and only professional actor in the film) and no one believed him.

Robert Burrill and his photography students made the film featuring the teens and prominent Milpitas citizens of the time. The scenery was Milpitas of the 1970’s, so this is also a film about the historic buildings in Milpitas. We are the only city in America to have had its own monster. The Milpitas Monster is also one of the earliest films about the dangers of water pollution.

If you’ve seen The Milpitas Monster many times, it is still fun to see it again to try to make out all the cameo appearances. If you are one of our new citizens, you can learn something about the zany history of your new city.

Is it for kids? Our son loved sci-fi and monsters, but when he was young, having a monster in his town, among landmarks he knew, was just too much. As this was a school-sanctioned film project, there isn’t any swearing, though many citizens are mad enough, they keep their heads. There is a death. Sex? Are you kidding? Who’d want to have sex with a fly!

I have ten $10 tickets available, and can get more. We members of the Milpitas Historical Society are selling them as a fund raiser to first of all help Bob to pay for the theater showing, and then have funds for other historical projects.

If you can swing by my home at the east end of Grand Teton Dr., I’ll sell you tickets then and there, cash or check made out to The Milpitas Historical Society ($10 x the number of ticket you want.) If you’ll buy me a cup of coffee, I’ll meet you at any Starbucks or Peet’s in Town. If you want me to mail them to you, please pay $.50 extra for the stamp and envelope. I’ll do PayPal if you’ll use the “pay a friend” option so I don’t get charged fees. If you are a member of the Commonwealth Credit Union and can figure out how to exchange a payment with me that way, and coach me how to do it, I’ll refund you a dollar for your trouble. Contact information for me, to set up payment arrangements. I think I could even accept payments through Facebook, but haven’t tried that yet.

Ann Zeise

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