Future by Design, a film by Academy Award-nominated director William Gazecki about the life and vision of artist Jacque Fresco, will be shown at 7 p.m. Thursday, September 13th, in the Santa Monica Main Library’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Auditorium, 601 Santa Monica Blvd. in Santa Monica.

Fresco is considered by some to be a modern-day Leonardo da Vinci, according to public services librarian Nancy Bender.

Fresco is a self-taught futurist and a prolific inventor, having spent his entire life (he is now 90 years old) conceiving of and devising inventions, which entail the use of innovative technology, Bender says.

He is not only a conceptualist and a theoretician, but he is also a designer and social engineer, she adds.

Future by Design raises questions about the sustainability of our current levels of consumption as human beings and offers alternatives for a society free of war, prisons, and poverty, according to Bender.

A discussion with the director will follow the screening.

The program is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and on a first-arrival basis.

Information, (310) 458-8600 or www.smpl.org/.