The Loft Cinema presents a special screening of Christopher Nolan’s 2014 science fiction epic, Interstellar, featuring a live introduction by Dr. Feryal Ozel, theoretical astrophysicist and Professor of Astronomy and Physics at the University of Arizona. Dr. Ozel was recently featured in NOVA’s “Black Hole Apocalypse” on PBS, and at this screening she will discuss space travel, black holes and the future of humankind in space.
Special thanks to our community partner, Spacefest!
This presentation is part of the fifth annual National Evening of Science on Screen, which takes place on Tuesday, March 27 at independent cinemas across the country. Science on Screen is an initiative of the Coolidge Corner Theatre, in partnership with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
“Spectacular! This is epic cinema that begs to be compared to 2001: A Space Odyssey.” – Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
In this blockbuster space adventure from acclaimed director Christopher Nolan, a former spaceship pilot (Oscar-winner Matthew McConaughey) must leave his family and a slowly dying Earth behind to lead an expedition beyond this galaxy, in hopes of discovering a new future for humanity. In the near future, Earth has been devastated by drought and famine, causing a scarcity in food and extreme changes in climate. When humanity is facing extinction, a mysterious rip in the space-time continuum is discovered, giving mankind the opportunity to widen its lifespan. A group of explorers must travel beyond our solar system in search of a planet that can sustain life. The crew of the Endurance are required to think bigger and go further than any human in history as they embark on an interstellar voyage into the unknown. Coop (McConaughey), the pilot of the Endurance, must decide between seeing his children again and ensuring the future of the human race. Featuring an all-star cast, including Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Bill Irwin, Ellen Burstyn and Michael Cain, Interstellar is a heady mix of intellectual inquiry, crackerjack adventure and heartfelt emotion, filled with Oscar-winning, state-of-the-art special effects. (Dir. by Christopher Nolan, 2014, USA, 169 mins., Rated PG-13)
Dr. Feryal Ozel is a Turkish-American astrophysicist born in Istanbul, Turkey. She specializes in the physics of neutron stars and black holes, general relativity, and high energy astrophysical phenomena and has made many contributions to these fields. She is currently a professor of Astronomy and Physics at the University of Arizona in Tucson. She has been a member and a NASA Hubble Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. She has also appeared on numerous TV documentaries, including Big Ideas on PBS and the Universe series on The History Channel.
Science on Screen creatively pairs screenings of classic, cult, science fiction, and documentary films with lively presentations by notable experts from the world of science and technology. 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.
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