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Science in Fiction

Science in Fiction

Thursday, October 16, 2008

The New York Academy of Sciences

Presented By

Presented by Science & the City


NYC's Imagine Science Film Festival, October 16–25, showcases films that credibly incorporate science in a compelling narrative. Tonight, NPR's Ira Flatow moderates at the festival kickoff celebration, "Science in Fiction"—a discussion of the relationship between science and fiction in the cinema followed by a reception.

Panelists include:

Ari Handel, neuroscientist, screenwriter of The Fountain, and president, Protozoa Pictures
Darcy Kelley, neuroscience professor, Columbia University, and scientific advisor, Tribeca Film Festival
Sidney Perkowitz, physics professor, Emory University, and author of Hollywood Science
Billy Shebar, screenwriter, Dark Matter

About the Imagine Science Film Festival

The Imagine Science Film Festival (ISFF) was born from the Rockefeller Film Series, a science/film series at the Rockefeller University. It has now become a full-fledged New York Science Film Festival. ISFF has special events all year but the festival is in mid-October and will include panel discussions and screenings in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens. The objective of the festival is to showcase films, especially fiction films, that effectively incorporate science into a compelling narrative while maintaining credible scientific groundings.

ISFF is the first science film festival in New York City. It aims to create an environment where filmmakers, artists, scientists, and the public can meet. It will be a place where science is exciting and accessible to everyone, regardless of their background. At ISFF, the public will join scientists in learning and imagining science through visual storytelling.

Two awards—a $2,500 Scientific Merit Award and a $2,500 Audience Award—will be made at the end of the festival.

For more information, please visit the ISFF website.