Science on Screen film series
We are proud to be a part of the nationwide Science on Screen® initiative which delivers creative pairings of current, classic, cult, and documentary films with lively introductions by notable figures from the world of science, technology, and medicine.
March 20, 2019, 7:15pm National Science on Screen Night
Of Blight and Blackholes: Interstellar
Climate scientist Dr. Jeremy Hoffman and astronomer Justin Bartel from the Science Museum of Virginia, discuss the real-life likelihood of a world-wide crop blight like the one that forces Earth’s residents into space in Interstellar.
A team of explorers travel through a wormhole in space in an attempt to ensure humanity’s survival.
In Earth’s future, a global crop blight and second Dust Bowl are slowly rendering the planet uninhabitable. Professor Brand (Michael Caine), a brilliant NASA physicist, is working on plans to save mankind by transporting Earth’s population to a new home via a wormhole. But first, Brand must send former NASA pilot Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) and a team of researchers through the wormhole and across the galaxy to find out which of three planets could be mankind’s new home.
Director: Christopher Nolan
Writer: Jonathan Nolan, Christopher Nolan
Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Michael Caine, Jessica Chastain
About the Speakers
Dr. Jeremy Hoffman, climate and Earth scientist at the Science Museum of Virginia, leads community-based science projects to measure urban microclimates and their impacts on human health, air quality, and biodiversity.
Justin Bartel, astronomer and immersive experience specialist, develops educational content and manages the digital planetarium at the Science Museum of Virginia.
Science Museum members show your member card at the box office and receive $1 off ticket price of $5.
April 7th, 2019, Sunday 7:15pm
Life after Death: To Dust
Former science teacher and current Director of Academic Technology at St. Christopher’s School, Hiram Cuevas & the Rabbi of Chabad of Virginia will discuss what happens after death from both a biological stand point and through the context of the death and mourning process in the Jewish Faith.
A mourning Hasidic widower enlists a reluctant biology professor in his obsessive quest to understand what exactly will happen to his young wife’s body as it returns to dust.
Shmuel, a Hasidic cantor in Upstate New York, is distraught by the untimely death of his wife, Rivkah. As he struggles to find solace in his religion, which proffers a stringent timeline for grief, Shmuel grows increasingly haunted by visions of Rivkah’s decomposing corpse. Convinced that her soul will suffer until her body returns to dust, Shmuel decides that to stop his feverish spiral he must seek an understanding of the physical processes of her decay, despite the blasphemy inherent in any scientific inquiry. Risking discovery and expulsion, Shmuel tip-toes outside his enclave, where his search leads to Albert, a bumbling biology professor at the local community college. Soon, Albert is unwittingly seduced into an odd world of homespun forensic research and begins to guide Shmuel through outrageous experiments that aim to approximate a timeline for Rivkah’s dissolution—starting with the theft, suffocation, and burial of a pig. As amateur scientists and incompetent criminals on progressively absurd outings, the two find themselves neck-deep in genres in which neither of them belongs. With their macabre moonlit misadventures growing ever more perilous, the odd couple will stop at nothing to satiate their curiosity and find Shmuel the comfort he desperately seeks.
Director: Sean Snydor
Writers: Jason Begue, Shawn Snyder
Stars: Géza Röhrig, Matthew Broderick, Sammy Voit
About the Speakers
Hiram Cuevas, Director of Academic Technology at St. Christopher’s School. As a boy, Hiram always had a passion for science. He wanted to know how things worked and found that taking things apart was the best way to learn. He taught science at St. Christopher’s School after receiving his BS in Biology and Master in Education from the College of William and Mary.
Rabbi Yossel Kranz, Executive Director, Chabad of Virginia
May 7th, 2019, Tuesday 7:15pm
Film & Fermentation: Beerfest
Three Notch’d Brewery shares the ins and outs of beer making and the science behind it while we enjoy a specially brewed ale for our 90th anniversary called the Big Screen Classic and watch the cult favorite, Beerfest (2006).
After the death of their grandfather Johann von Wolfhause, brothers, Jan and Todd Wolfhouse travel to Munich to fulfill a family tradition, spreading their grandfather’s ashes during Oktoberfest. They are brought to a secret beer competition, the “Beerfest”, where they are offended by Baron Wolfgang von Wolfhausen and the German branch of their family that accuses their great-grandmother of being a prostitute and their grandfather of stealing an old recipe for the best beer in Germany. Jan and Todd return to the USA humiliated and decide to organize a beer team and start training to compete in the next Beerfest.
Director: Jay Chandrasekhar
Writer: Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan
Stars: Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Cloris Leachman
About the Speakers
Willey Broaddus, Head Brewer Three Notch’d RVA Collab House, started with Three Notch’d working in the cellar and has steadily risen to Pilot Brewer, creating and brewing new and experimental beers.
Dave Warwick, Founding Brewmaster, Three Notch’d Brewing Company, is a multi award winning brewmaster. At the 2012 World Beer Cup, Dave collected his first medal for “Dude! Where’s My Vespa?” Espresso Stout. Since brewing at Three Notch’d Brewing Company, Dave has won multiple medals for his creative brews.
Science on Screen® at the Byrd Theatre is made possible through a grant from the Coolidge Corner Theatre, with support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation