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Science on Screen® creatively pairs screenings of classic, cult, and documentary films with lively introductions by notable figures from the world of science, technology, and medicine. This program is an initiative of the Coolidge Corner Theatre, in partnership with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

2023-2024 PROGRAMS

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May 19, 2024 - DEEP RISING: 'Deep Rising' dives into "Promise and Peril of Deep-Sea Mining" with Steve Palumbi

A Science on Screen® presentation, “Deep Rising” dives into the Importance of protecting our oceans. This environmental film, which premiered at Sundance, dives into the harmful effects of deep sea mining and the fierce race to mine our planet's oceans. Narrated by Jason Momoa, the film highlights the urgent need to protect the deep ocean ecosystem, which plays a crucial role in sustaining life on Earth. While 95% of the ocean has yet to be explored, we are learning more about this beautiful body of water every day.

Q&A following the film with Stephen Palumbi, Professor of Marine Biology, Hopkins Marine Station. Dr. Palumbi is noted for his work on the genomics of marine organisms with a focus on practical solutions to questions about how to preserve and protect the diverse life in the sea. 

This special SOS program is part of our new Spring event, "Water: Essential to Art and Life."

March 24, 2024 - National Evening of Science on Screen

"BLACKBERRY" with Q&A on "Innovation and Psychology of Confident Decision-making.”

This comedic mockumentary film about the rise and fall of the iconic smartphone, isn’t just a tech and startup history lesson. It’s a story packed with lessons for any freelancer navigating the ever-changing tides of business and innovation.

Following this special Science on Screen presentation of BlackBerry, UC Berkeley researcher Dr. Don Moore will illuminate the psychological challenges that face all businesses and, in fact, virtually all human relations.

Special Guest:
Psychologist Dr. Donald A. Moore is Professor and Chair in Leadership & Communication at UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business. His most recent book is "Perfectly Confident: How to Calibrate Your Decisions Wisely."

"The story is so excitingly told, the performances so watchable, and the dialogue so quotable that it becomes the verbal equivalent of an action flick—kinetic, suspenseful, and sometimes unexpectedly beautiful and weirdly moving." Roger Ebert

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December 17, 2024 -"WONKA" with Q&A on "Neuroscience of Human Happiness" with Dr. Emiliana R. Simon-Thomas

Why do we love chocolate? We eat it to celebrate or when we're sad. We give it away to say, "I love you" or sometimes, "I'm sorry." The answer is a combination of senses and science.

Following the screening of WONKA, join Master Chocolatier, Chris Kollar, one of the ‘Top 10 Chocolatiers of North America’ and Dr. Emiliana R. Simon-Thomas from UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center for a Q&A. Dr. Simon-Thomas is a leading expert on the neuroscience of human happiness. Jessica Mennella, perfumer and scent educator, will entice you with an interactive sensory experience with chocolate.

Doors open at 12 Noon! Tickets are $25 and include a small popcorn and chocolate treats courtesy of Kollar Chocolates.

This program is made possible by a grant from Science on Screen® - an initiative of the Coolidge Corner Theatre, in partnership with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Co-sponsors for this event are Wonderfest and St. Helena Farmers' Market.

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