Rod Serling fan convention returns to Binghamton in July

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A fan convention devoted to Binghamton’s favorite son is returning for its second year, with a second day and more attractions.

The Rod Serling Memorial Foundation is hosting SerlingFest on July 6, and July 7.

The celebration of the life and work of the Twilight Zone creator will include panel discussions by Serling scholars and authors, including his daughter Anne.

There will also be screenings of the original Planet of the Apes which is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and the Twilight Zone Movie which came out 35 years ago.

Foundation Board President Andrew Polak says the event will attract Serling fans from across the country and Canada.

“Rod Serling, his work is timeless. It’s just, it reaches people, it’s about the people rather than, things. When you watch something of his, or read something of his you just get absorbed by it,” said Polak.

There will also be a screening of winners of this year’s WSKG Rod Serling Film Festival.

These are clips of previous years winners.

And there will be a dramatic reading of the radio version of the Twilight Zone precursor “The Time Element.”

The two day event begins Friday July 6, at the DoubleTree Hotel and then moves to the Forum Theater on Saturday July 7.

Admission is $15 for Friday, $25 for Saturday, or $30 for both.

Money raised will support scholarships for students in Binghamton’s Rod Serling School of Fine Arts.

On Thursday the 5th, the Bundy Museum will host special Serling programming as well.

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