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SCIENCE ON SCREEN FILM SERIES: APRIL 2016

Ciné joins a select group of independent theatres around the U.S. participating in the prestigious Coolidge Corner Theatre and Alfred P. Sloan Foundation SCIENCE ON SCREEN grant program, an initiative that creatively pairs film screenings with lively presentations by notable science and technology experts. Each film is used as a jumping-off point for a speaker to introduce current research or technological advances in a way that engages popular culture audiences.

 

JURASSIC PARK

In Steven Spielberg's 1993 massive blockbuster, paleontologists Alan Grant (Sam Neill) and Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern) and mathematician Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) are among a select group chosen to tour an island theme park populated by dinosaurs created from prehistoric DNA. While the park's mastermind, billionaire John Hammond (Richard Attenborough), assures everyone that the facility is safe, they find out otherwise when various ferocious predators break free and go on the hunt.

The movie is based on the first installment of the Jurassic Park franchise's 1990 novel of the same name by Michael Crichton whom wrote the screenplay with and David Koepp. This timeless movie tells this story of cloning and ancient predators only more complimented by groundbreaking visuals using state-of-the-art puppets and computer-generated imagery. This films visual effects hold their own against modern works of film art.

WITH SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER: DR. STEVEN STICE, Director, UGA Regenerative Bioscience Center and D.W. Brooks Distinguished Professor, GRA Eminent Scholar, who will introduce the film on Tuesday, April 12th at 7:30p. Join us at 6:30p for a cocktail hour welcome reception with snacks by Home.Made prior to the screening, which will be followed by discussion and Q&A.

6:30p -- COCKTAIL RECEPTION  |  7:30p -- SCREENING -- TUESDAY APRIL 12

     
EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT

EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT

Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language FIlm, this is the story of the relationship between Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and last survivor of his people, and two scientists who work together over the course of 40 years to search the Amazon for a sacred healing plant.

The ravages of colonialism cast a dark pall over the stunning South American landscape in the latest visual astonishment from the gifted Colombian writer-director Ciro Guerra. Charting two parallel journeys deep into the Amazon, each one undertaken by a European explorer and a local shaman, this bifurcated narrative delivers a fairly comprehensive critique of the destruction of indigenous cultures at the hands of white invaders, and if Guerra somewhat exhausts his insights before the end of its two-hour-plus running time, there’s no denying the film’s chastening moral conviction or the transfixing power of its black-and-white imagery. At once blistering and poetic, not just an ethnographic study but also a striking act of cinematic witness. - Justin Chang, Variety

WITH SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKERS: PILAR CHAMORRO FERNANDEZ, UGA Professor of Linguistics and Lina X. Aguirre, PhD in Latin American Cultural studies from Ohio State University, and Julie Velásquez Runk, UGA Professor of Ecological & Environmental Anthropology, who will introduce the film on Tuesday, April 19th at 7:30p. Join us at 6:30p for a cocktail hour welcome reception with snacks by The National prior to the screening, which will be followed by discussion and Q&A. With support from UGA Latin American and Caribbean Studies Institute.

6:30p -- COCKTAIL RECEPTION  |  7:30p -- SCREENING -- TUESDAY APRIL 19

 

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MOST LIKELY TO SUCCEED

MOST LIKELY TO SUCCEED -- MONDAY OCTOBER 26

UGA's College of Education and Georgia Science Teachers Association presents an "Evening of Innovation", featuring a special screening of the edu-documentary, MOST LIKELY TO SUCCEED, examining the history of education in the United States, and revealing the growing shortcomings of conventional education methods in today’s innovative world. The film inspires its audiences with a sense of purpose and possibility, and brings school communities together in re-imagining what our students and teachers are capable of doing.

Following the screening, there will be a panel discussion with these distinguished professionals: Lani Pacetti, Science Instructor at the Sims Academy of Innovation & Technology; Dr. Ramana Pidaparti, Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Programs in the College of Engineering at the University of Georgia; Mike Stonecipher, Project Manager for Georgia Tech’s Enterprise Innovation Institute; and Shannon Thompson, School Librarian and S.T.E.M Instructor at Howard B. Stroud Elementary School.

6:00p -- CATERED RECEPTION  |  7:00p -- SCREENING -- MONDAY OCTOBER 26

 
     

WALTER: LESSONS FROM THE WORLD'S OLDEST PEOPLE

After an encounter with Walter Breuning, the World’s Oldest Man, Hunter Weeks and his fiancée, Sarah, embark on an adventure to meet the oldest people in the world, including some of the people born in the 1800s. Capturing the extraordinary lives of people 110 years or older, including World’s Oldest Person, Besse Cooper of Georgia, the couple’s journey sheds light on what is truly important in life. Traveling across the United States, Cuba, and Italy, Hunter and Sarah explore life’s lessons through the stories of several living supercentenarians and the families that support them. WALTER connects us to the inspiring lives of our elders and their lessons for living life right. More: walterthemovie.com

WITH SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKERS: DR. LEONARD POON, Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus at UGA's Institute of Gerontology, and Guinness gerontology consultant, ROBERT YOUNG, who will discuss "Understanding Well-Being in the Oldest Old"

Director HUNTER WEEKS will also be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A, along with family of featured supercentarian Besse Cooper. As one of only eight people verified to have lived to the age of 116, the Georgian was the eighth oldest verified person ever.

SHOWTIME:  7:30p -- MONDAY MARCH 31

     
 
ALIEN INVASION & ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE -- FEB 1-3
 
INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS (1978)
INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 1 @ 10:00p* 

Philip Kaufman's powerful remake of the classic psychological science fiction/horror film, starring Donald Sutherland and Leonard Nimoy as a health inspector and a psychiatrist who discover that human beings are being substituted by aliens. The duplicates, who appear to be perfect copies of the persons replaced, but are devoid of any human emotion, attempt to install a tightly organised, conformist society.

Hosted by:  JOHN J. MAUER, BS, PhD, UGA College of Veterinary Science, who will speak about "Parasites and Mind Control."

INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS
     
COMPUTER CHESS (2013)
COMPUTER CHESS

MONDAY FEBRUARY 3 @ 7:30p*

Set over the course of a weekend tournament for chess software programmers thirty-some years ago, this new narrative film transports viewers to a nostalgic moment when the contest between technology and the human spirit seemed a little more up for grabs. We get to know the eccentric geniuses possessed of the vision to teach a metal box to defeat man, literally, at his own game, laying the groundwork for artificial intelligence as we know it and will come to know it in the future.

Hosted by:  GREGORY A. TRANDEL, PhD, an expert in Game Theory, who will discuss "The Humanity of Strategy."

COMPUTER CHESS

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    UPSTREAM COLOR - FRIDAY, MAY 3  
  UPSTREAM COLOR

Ciné joins a select group of twenty theatres around the U.S. as the recipient of a prestigious Coolidge Corner Theatre and Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Science on Screen grant, an initiative that creatively pairs film screenings with lively presentations by notable science and technology experts.

Ciné’s Science on Screen series showcases a “buzz” film from the 2013 Sundance Film Festival now in theatrical release: Shane Carruth’s UPSTREAM COLOR will be introduced by parasite expert DR. DONALD HARN, Georgia Research Alliance Distinguished Investigator in the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine's Department of Infectious Diseases and is also a member of UGA's Faculty of Infectious Diseases and the Center for Tropical and Emerging Global Diseases.

As a bonus, the screening will be followed by a post-screening conversation, at which HARMAN JOHAR, the self-proclaimed “Bug Guy,” and the UGA entrepreneur behind World Entomophagy, will discuss, and offer samples of edible insects.

SHOWTIMES: 7:00p - FRIDAY 5/3 -- WITH INTRODUCTION BY DR. DONALD HARN
AND DISCUSSION WITH HARMON JOHAR

UPSTREAM COLOR
    ROBOTS & SLEEPWALKERS: FRIDAYS, SEPTEMBER 21 & 28  
  ROBOT AND FRANK

Ciné joins a select group of twenty theatres around the U.S. as the recipient of a prestigious Coolidge Corner Theatre and Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Science on Screen grant, an initiative that creatively pairs film screenings with lively presentations by notable science and technology experts. Each film is used as a jumping-off point for a speaker to introduce current research or technological advances in a manner that engages popular culture audiences.

Ciné’s Science on Screen series showcases two “buzz” films from the 2012 Sundance Film Festival now in theatrical release: kicking off on Friday September 21 with ROBOT & FRANK, introduced by University of Georgia robotics expert Dr. David Saltz; and continuing on Friday, September 28 with SLEEPWALK WITH ME, introduced by Georgia State University neurological and sleep impairment expert Dr. Michael J. Decker.  

SLEEPWALK WITH ME
  ROBOT & FRANK

ROBOT & FRANK [ USA 2012, 35mm, 90min, Dir: Jake Schreier, PG13 ]

ROBOT & FRANK -- The recipient of the annual Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Feature Film Prize in Science and Technology or a Sloan Screenplay Development grant,  ROBOT & FRANK is the feature debut by director Jake Schrier and screenwriter C.D. Ford. Set in the near future, Frank, an aging dad and a retired jewel thief, is losing his memory. His two grown kids are concerned he can no longer live alone. They are tempted to place him in a nursing home until Frank's son chooses a different option: against the old man's wishes, he buys Frank a walking, talking humanoid robot programmed to improve his physical and mental health. What follows is an often hilarious and somewhat heartbreaking story about finding friends and family in the most unexpected places. This futuristic buddy caper about memory and identity, family and friendship features an award winning cast including Frank Langella, James Marsden, Liv Tyler and Susan Sarandon.

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 21 @ 7:00p -- ROBOT & FRANK will be preceded by a presentation from DR. DAVID Z. SALTZ, Head, Department of Theatre & Film Studies at UGA and Executive Director, Ideas for Creative Exploration (ICE), who will introduce attendees to ZEEB ZOB, a robot that demonstrates knowledge of Commedia dell'Arte, and the screening will be followed by a dessert reception in the CinéLab, in which attendees are invited to meet both Dr. Saltz and Zeeb Zob.

  SLEEPWALK WITH ME

SLEEPWALK WITH ME [ USA 2012, 35mm, 90min, Dir: Mike Birbiglia, NR ]

SLEEPWALK WITH ME -- Winner of a 2012 Audience Award at Sundance, comedian Mike Birbiglia wrote, directed and stars in this autobiographically inspired, fictional feature debut, based on his off-Broadway show and bestselling book. It's also the first movie co-written by Ira Glass and co-produced by the popular radio show, "This American Life." The story: when an aspiring stand-up fails to express his true feelings about his girlfriend and his stalled career, his anxiety comes out in increasingly funny and dangerous sleepwalking incidents. Both sincere and hilarious, the film engages in the kind of passionate and personal storytelling that transfigures intimate anguish into comic art.

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 28 @ 6:00p -- SLEEPWALK WITH ME will be preceded by an opening reception at 6:00p and a presentation at 7:00p from neurological and sleep impairment expert DR. MICHAEL J DECKER, the Byrdine F. Lewis Endowed Chair of Nursing in the Byrdine F. Lewis School of Nursing at Georgia State University.

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S E R I E S  S P O N S O R S H I P  P R O V I D E D  B Y :
       COOLIDGE CORNER THEATRE & SLOAN FOUNDATION  ALFRED P. SLOAN FOUNDATION