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The Loft Cinema presents a special Science on Screen presentation of the acclaimed 2018 drama, Hidden Figures, featuring a live introduction by Dr. Amanda H. Goodson, former NASA Senior Executive and the first African-American woman to ever hold the position of Director of Safety and Mission Assurance out of the Marshall Space Flight Center! Copies of Dr. Goodson’s new book, Astronomical Leadership: Be Amazed at Who You Are, will be available for sale and signing after the screening.
Science on Screen is an initiative of the Coolidge Corner Theatre, in partnership with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
“Both a dazzling piece of entertainment and a window into history.” – Stephanie Zacharek, Time Magazine
Meet the women you don’t know behind the mission you do. The Oscar-nominated Hidden Figures tells the incredible untold story of Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson, Empire), Dorothy Vaughn (Octavia Spencer, The Help) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe, Moonlight) – brilliant African-American women working at NASA in the early 1960s, women who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in American history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race and galvanized the world. This visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire future generations to dream big. Also starring Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst and Mahershala Ali, with music by Pharrell Williams. (Dir. by Theodore Melfi, 2016, USA, in English, 127 mins., Rated PG)
Dr. Amanda H. Goodson is a speaker, strategist, facilitator and coach. As a NASA Senior Executive, Goodson was Director of the Safety and Mission Assurance (S&MA) Office at the Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) in Huntsville, Alabama. In this position, she was an integral part of an elite team of agency experts responsible for assuring the safety of the space shuttle propulsion elements, future manned space flight vehicles, and various NASA payloads in support of the nation’s space shuttle program. Prior to that appointment, Goodson was named Deputy Director of the SM&A Office. While in government, she was selected for the Senior Executive Service Candidate Program, named Federal Woman’s Program Supervisor of the Year, received the Executional Service Medal, and was awarded a Director’s Commendation.