Science on Screen 2017

Science on ScreenFounded by The Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline, Massachusetts, Science on Screen℠ is a program designed to expand both film and scientific literacy by creatively pairing screenings of classic, cult, and documentary films with lively presentations by notable science and technology experts.



Tuesday, March 28
Guest Speaker: Dr. Erika Nyhus, Assistant Professor of Neuroscience and Psychology, Bowdoin College

When their relationship turns sour, a couple undergoes a procedure to have each other erased from their memories. But it is only through the process of loss that they discover what they had to begin with.
Joel (Jim Carrey) is stunned to discover that his girlfriend, Clementine (Kate Winslet), has had their tumultuous relationship erased from her mind. Out of desperation, he contacts the inventor of the process, Dr. Howard Mierzwiak (Tom Wilkinson), to get the same treatment. But as his memories of Clementine begin to fade, Joel suddenly realizes how much he still loves her. From acclaimed writer Charlie Kaufman and visionary director Michel Gondry, this comical and poignant look at breakups, breakdowns, and breakthroughs won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. 2004. R. 108min.



Tuesday, April 11
Guest Speakers: Dr. John “Jack” Hopkins, Assistant Professor of Wildlife Biology, Unity College, and Deanna Witman, Assistant professor of Environmental Humanities, Unity College

Grizzly Man chronicles the life and death of bear enthusiast Timothy Treadwell, who was killed, along with his girlfriend, Amie Huguenard, by a rogue bear in October 2003. In one of the most extreme—and ultimately tragic—experiments in human-animal cohabitation ever attempted, for 13 consecutive summers, Treadwell lived (and finally died) among the bears at an Alaskan national park. The footage that he himself shot forms the core of this fascinating inquiry into the fragile relationship between man and nature. 2005. R. 104min.

Night-of-the-Living-DeadNight of the Living Dead

Tuesday, May 9
Guest speaker: The Maine Primitive Skills School will fill us in on basic wilderness survival skills needed to up our chances of surviving a zombie apocalypse

“They’re coming to get you Barbara!” When the reanimated corpses of the recently deceased begin to rise from the earth and seek human flesh as sustenance, a small group of survivors takes refuge inside of a farmhouse. Armed only with guns, blunt instruments, and the knowledge that a blow to the head is the only means of taking down their decaying assailants, the living must attempt to last the night. Director George A. Romero gave rise to the survival horror genre with this landmark film, and his vision of the slow-moving, cannibalistic walking dead quickly became the textbook definition of “zombie.” 1968. 97min.


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