Science on Screen


About the Program:

Quote from Sloan Foundation: “Since 1996, the Alfred P. Sloan foundation has sought to expand public understanding of science and technology through a nationwide Film Program. Now, with the pioneering Science on Screen series, we have an opportunity to expand even further – and to have even more fun!”

Society is becoming increasingly reliant on science and technology. With each rapid development, it can become difficult to keep track of the hows and whys of the world around us. The Alfred P. Sloan foundation has made it their mission to foster a better understanding of science amongst the general public, and the Science on Screen series has become the perfect vehicle for that message.

The program pairs a dedicated expert with a wonderful movie, exploring key scientific subjects in a unique and exciting manner. From discussing laser physics in Real Genius to exploring weather patterns in The Wizard of Oz, film can offer an extraordinary and accessible glimpse into otherwise dense scientific topics.

Launched in 2005 at the Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline, MA, the Science on Screen series was kicked off with one goal in mind – enlightenment through entertainment.

Now, with a generous grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Science on Screen series makes its way to Oklahoma.

Coming to two of the state’s premier venues – The Noble Theater at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, and the Circle Cinema in Tulsa – Science on Screen will present audiences with classic films, insightful speakers, and a little bit of learning along the way.

Edward Scissorhands – Thursday, March 8 at 7:00

In a gothic mansion high on top of a hill lives an inventor’s (Vincent Price) greatest creation – Edward (Johnny Depp), a near-complete person. The inventor died before he could finish Edward’s hands, leaving him with scissors for hands instead. After several years in solitude, Edward is taken in by a kindly suburban family. Edward quickly falls for the family’s teenage daughter (Winona Ryder), though his hands and appearance begin to raise suspicions and concerns with the neighbors. Rated PG-13, 105 min.

Anne Pollard James and Chris Wollard will be on hand after the film, showing off the incredible power of the MakerBot 3D Printer.

Anne is a part of the fabulous team that made Fab Lab Tulsa possible. She is a real estate broker by trade, but a Fab Lab Freak by CHOICE.

Chris is a local robot and vintage motorcycle construction extraordinaire. In addition to designing and building custom bikes, he is working on a 35-foot tall robot for Dwelling Spaces.

Real Genius Thursday, March 29, 7:30pm (OKCMOA) 

When science prodigy Mitch Taylor (Gabe Jarret) arrives at Pacific Tech as a freshman, he’s paired up with genius senior Chris Knight (Val Kilmer) to work on a laser project assigned by their unscrupulous mentor Professor Hathaway. Mitch initially doesn’t care for Knight’s slacker attitude, but is eventually won over, and their friendship allows them to make new progress on the laser project. It’s only when the boys learn that the CIA intends to use the laser as a weapon that they start to question what they’ve actually been working for. Rated PG, 108 min.

Adam Mock, Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at Central Michigan University, will discuss the latest science of laser technology and its applications. Adam received his PhD in 2009 from the University of Souther California. His professional interests and fields of study include theoretical and computational electromagnetics as well as micro and nano scale photonics.

The Wizard of Oz – Thursday, April 5 at 7:00

This timeless classic based on the popular L. Frank Baum stories finds Dorothy (Judy Garland) and her dog Toto running away from a dull life on a Kansas farm. Swept up by a tornado, Dorothy awakens to find that the storm has blown her to the magical land of Oz. There she encounters a host of wondrous sights – singing and dancing munchkins, witches good and bad, and an Emerald City. Dorothy and Toto set off on the Yellow Brick Road in search of the Wizard of Oz (Frank Morgan) and a way home. Along the way she is aided in her journey by the Scarecrow, Cowardly Lion, and Tin Man, who help her discover that there truly is no place like home. Not Rated, 101 min.

Speaker Ed Calianese, Warning Coordination Meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Tulsa will speak about weather.


Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Rise of the Planet of the Apes – Thursday, April 26 at 7:30 (OKCMOA)

Will Rodman (James Franco), a scientist working within a large pharmaceutical corporation, is committed to finding a cure for Alzheimer’s, a disease that afflicts his father Charles (John Lithgow). Just prior to starting human trials on a promising and potentially lucrative new drug, Will’s simian test subjects suddenly display aggressive behavior. Management deems the research a failure and Will must shut down his program. Amidst the confusion of the study’s termination, Will finds himself charged with an overlooked newborn infant chimpanzee – a male, newly orphaned offspring of his most promising test subject. The young chimp, destined for greatness, is named Caesar (Andy Serkis). Rated PG-13, 105 min.

Scientific expert and subject of discussion to be announced.

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