IT’S TIME / 2014

IMAGINE SCIENCE FILM FESTIVAL

October 17 – 24, 2014

The 7th Annual Imagine Science Film Festival promises to be an exciting week of films presenting scientific fact in compelling visual narrative. This year, the festival will explore TIME in all its variants: timelapse film, the age of the universe, time travel, geologic time, nonsecond-scale subatomic interactions, the genetics of aging, and much more.

Through 89 films (5 features & 84 shorts), the 7th annual Imagine Science Film Festival will explore the theme of "TIME". Topics including time-lapse, evolution, aging, development, time travel and geologic time will be discussed through experimental, animation, visual data, documentary and fiction films. We are thrilled to present films from 20 counties, including 49 premieres and featuring 35 female directors.

Opening night will take place for the second consecutive year at Google New York including a screening, panel and reception. Each night of the festival will take place at a different venue, spanning the tri-state area, ranging from universities to movie theaters to museums. Awards worth $20,000 will be determined by the 2014 ISFF Jury including Dr. James Watson, Marina Abramović, Karen Cooper, Dr. David Chalmers, Rachel Sussman & Dustin Yellin.

The final award ceremony will take place after a screening and music performance by a surprise guest at Pioneer Works in Brooklyn.

Film Programs

7th Annual Imagine Science Film Festival

Fri 10/17/14

7:00 pm - 10:00 pm 6:15 PM

Opening Night Shorts, Panel & Reception: Exploration in the 4th Dimension
Variations on the power and meaning of time, in science and film @ Google New York
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Join Imagine Science Films for opening night of the 7th annual Imagine Science Film Festival at Google New York. The evening will include a shorts screening, panel & reception introducing us to the theme of “time” through the program Exploration in the 4th Dimension followed by a panel moderated by science writer Carl Zimmer. The night’s films investigate color development in butterfly wings, psychological illness from three different perspectives, and Kurt Gödel’s theories on time travel, among many other compelling topics.

Google New York
111 8th Ave
New York, NY 10011
(Chelsea, Manhattan)

Program: Exploration in the 4th Dimension- Variations on time in science and film

Cost: Free, RSVP Required

TICKETS AVAILABLE SOON

WATCH G+ LIVESTREAM OF PANEL HERE

Films:

  • Confluence_1Confluence
  • Butterfly Wing DevelopmentButterfly Wing Development
  • Weight of Mountains-2The Weight of Mountains
  • Through the Hawthorn
  • BloodMoonTimeLapse_stillBlood Moon Time Lapse #4
  • TapeGenerations_1Tape Generations
  • Gödel, Incomplete
  • Time Crunch -2Time Crunch
  • Melanie_Hoff_215,000 Volts
  • Robota_1Robota
  • Cascades_tmbCascades

Panelists:

Rachel Sussman

Rachel Sussman is a contemporary artist based in Brooklyn. She has spoken on the TED main stage and at the Long Now Foundation, is a Guggenheim, NYFA and MacDowell Colony Fellow, and is a trained member of Al Gore’s Climate Reality Leadership Corps. Her photographs and writing have been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Guardian, and NPR’s Picture Show. Her book, The Oldest Living Things in the World, a New York Times Bestseller in Science, was published by the University of Chicago Press in April.​ ​She​ ​was​ ​recently​ ​awarded​ ​the​ ​LACMA​ ​Art​ ​+ Tech Lab grant to​ ​produce​ ​new work exploring Deep Time and deep space in conjunction with SpaceX and NASA JPL. A solo exhibition of Sussman’s work is on view at the Pioneer​ ​Works Center for Art and Innovation in Red Hook, Brooklyn, from September 13 to November 2, 2014.

Aubrey de Grey

Dr. Aubrey de Grey is the biomedical gerontologist who researched the idea for and founded SENS Research Foundation. He received his BA in Computer Science and Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Cambridge in 1985 and 2000, respectively. Dr. de Grey is Editor-in-Chief of Rejuvenation Research, is a Fellow of both the Gerontological Society of America and the American Aging Association, and sits on the editorial and scientific advisory boards of numerous journals and organizations. He is the author of The Mitochondrial Free Radical Theory of Aging (1999) and co-author of Ending Aging (2007). He is the Chief Science Officer of the SENS Research Foundation.

Fernanda B. Viégas

Fernanda B. Viégas is a Brazilian computational designer best known for her innovative use of data visualization and her pioneering work in open, public data analysis. She currently leads Google’s “Big Picture” research group in Cambridge, MA. Viégas’ artistic visualizations have been exhibited in a number of venues including the New York Museum of Modern Art, the Boston Institute of Contemporary Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Moderated By:

Carl Zimmer

Carl Zimmer is a popular science writer and blogger, especially interested the study of evolution and parasites. He has written several books and contributes science essays to publications such as The New York Times, Discover, and National Geographic.

7th Annual Imagine Science Film Festival

Sat 10/18/14

1:30 pm - 3:30 pm 1:00 PM

Shorts: Time Travelogues
Exploring historical science across the globe @ Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts
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Join Imagine Science Films shorts program Time Travelogues, exploring historical science across the globe, followed by Q&A. Witness stories inspired by pivotal events of the past, including the discovery of Ebola in 1976, the onset of the atomic era in the 1940s, and NASA’s launch of the Golden Record aboard its spacecraft in 1977.

Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts
65 W 11th St, Rm 500 Wollman Hall
New York, NY 10011
(Greenwich Village)

Program: Time Travelogues - Historical science across the globe

Cost: $10 public, $5 students, New School students free with ID

TICKETS & RSVP AVAILABLE HERE

Films:

7th Annual Imagine Science Film Festival

Sat 10/18/14

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm 2:30 PM

Shorts: A 16mm History of Looking
Vintage documentaries on methods and history of exotic imaging @ Spectacle
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Science and cinema have been connected since the origins of the medium, with film technique often developed for the examination, dissection, and documentation of the world around us. In this program of exceptionally beautiful vintage documentaries from the 16mm collection of Brooklyn film archivist Movie Mike, we’ll look into the methods and history of exotic imaging that places cinema in the service of science. We’ll see high-speed stroboscopic, time-lapse, slow-motion and micrographic imaging, from Doc Edgerton’s original micro-second MIT studies to a universe-spanning film written by Asimov to an idiosyncratic glimpse at the microscopic world from a bible institute. And with all films shown in their lavish original 16mm format!

The 16mm selection will be preceded by the newly rediscovered and restored 1974 documentary “Exploratorium”, a mind-and-eye-bending observation into the exhibits and workings of the eponymous San Francisco science museum in the 1970s. An early work by filmmaker Jon Boorstin, the film was actually nominated for an Academy Award that year.

Movie Mike will be on-hand to present the 16mm program, and “Exploratorium” will be introduced by the museum’s own Samuel Sharkey and Liz Keim!

Spectacle
124 S. 3rd Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Program: A 16mm History of Looking

Cost: $5

TICKETS AVAILABLE SOON

Films:

    • Explo_1Exploratorium
    • A 16mm History of Looking:
      The Original Edgerton Reel (USA, 1930s, 11min)
      Unseen World (USA, 1970, 32min)
      The Revealing Eye (UK, 1960, 14min)
      World of Little Things (USA, ?, 14min)

7th Annual Imagine Science Film Festival

Sat 10/18/14

7:00 pm - 10:00 pm 6:30 PM

Feature & Panel: The Creeping Garden
The art & science of slime mold today (New York premiere of The Creeping Garden) @ Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts
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Join Imagine Science Films for a film screening of the New York premiere of The Creeping Garden, a feature documentary on the art and science of slime mold, followed by panel discussion with Dr. Oliver Medvedik, Biologist and Co-Founder of DIY lab Genspace, and Orit Halpern, Science Historian and Artist, moderated by Dr. Katayoun Chamany, Founder of the Interdisciplinary Science Program at Eugene Lang College. The films in this program reveal an unseen world: the microstructure of packed snow, crystallization of sugar at a microscopic level, and the slime mold that creeps beneath our feet.

Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts
63 5th ave University Center Rm 100
New York, NY 10003
(Greenwich Village, Manhattan)

Program: The Creeping Garden-  The art & science of slime mold today

Cost: $10 public, $5 students, New School Students free with ID

TICKETS & RSVP AVAILABLE HERE

WATCH G+ LIVESTREAM OF PANEL HERE

Films:

  • Avalance_1Avalanche Engineers
  • Sugar_cropMicroscope Time-Lapse: Sugar Crystalizing out of Solution
  • creeping garden -1The Creeping Garden

Panelists:

Dr. Oliver Medvedik

Dr. Oliver Medvedik earned his Ph.D. at Harvard Medical School, in the Biomedical and Biological Sciences program. As part of his doctoral work he has used single-celled budding yeast as a model system to map the genetic pathways that underlie the processes of aging in more complex organisms, such as humans. Prior to arriving in Boston for his doctoral studies, he has lived most of his life in New York City. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in biology from Hunter College, City University of New York. Since graduating from Harvard, he has worked as a biotechnology consultant, taught molecular biology to numerous undergraduates at Harvard University and mentored two of Harvard’s teams for the international genetically engineered machines competition (IGEM) held annually at M.I.T.

Dr. Orit Halpern

Dr. Orit Halpern is an assistant professor in History at the New School of Social Research and Eugene Lang College, and an affiliate in the Design Studies MA program at Parsons. Her research is on histories of digital media, cybernetics, cognitive and neuroscience, architecture, planning, and design. Her current book Beautiful Data: A History of Vision and Reason since 1945 (Duke University Press, Fall 2014) is a genealogy of big data and interactivity. Her published works and multi-media projects have appeared in numerous venues including The Journal of Visual Culture, Public Culture, Configurations, Technology and Society, C-Theory, and at ZKM in Karlsruhe, Germany. She has also published essays in numerous exhibition catalogues.

Moderated By:

Dr. Katayoun Chamany

Dr. Katayoun Chamany is Associate Professor of Biology and founder of the Interdisciplinary Science program at Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts. It is an undergraduate program focused on teaching science in context and preparing students for interdisciplinary careers. Over the years, her work has migrated the lab bench to the classroom, designing biology and health curricula that incorporate issues of inequity and structural violence using a critical pedagogy to demonstrate how biology and its applications can lead to positive change at the community level. On a national level, she serves as an Expert Workshop Leader and Reviewer for the National Case Study Teaching in Science Project, an ad-hoc reviewer for Life Sciences Education, a member of The Faculty of the 21st Century Project Kaleidoscope, and a SENCER Leadership Fellow (Science Education for New Civic Engagement and Responsibilities). All of this work seeks to bring context-based science to students from all walks of life. She is a grantee of the New York State Department of Health and is developing an undergraduate curriculum on stem cell science using a social justice frame and she the author of Cell Biology for Life, a collection of educational modules published by Garland publishing.

7th Annual Imagine Science Film Festival

Sat 10/18/14

9:00 pm - 11:30 pm 8:30 PM

Feature & Reception: The Infinite Man
A fictional and comedic narrative on time travel, looping and love @ Wythe Hotel
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Feature film screening of The Infinite Man, a fictional and comedic narrative on time travel, looping and love, followed by a reception at Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The Infinite Man tells the story of Dean, a perfectionistic scientist whose time travel device creates more problems than it solves.

Wythe Hotel
80 Wythe Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11249
(Williamsburg, Brooklyn)

Program: The Infinite Man- A fictional and comedic narrative on time travel, looping and love

Cost: $10 public, $5 students

TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE

Film:

  • INFINATE MANThe Infinite Man

7th Annual Imagine Science Film Festival

Sun 10/19/14

1:30 pm - 4:00 pm 1:00 PM

Shorts: Modern Animals
A contemplation of modernity and the nature film, paired with science-themed brunch @ Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts
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Join Imagine Science Films at The New School to ponder modernity and the nature film. We will explore animal habitats from dens and burrows to the open skies, from urban environments to ocean ecosystems. Coffee and snacks included!

Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts
65 W 11th St, Rm 500 Wollman Hall
New York, NY 10003
(Greeenwich Village, Manhattan)

Program: Modern Animals- Modernity and the nature film

Cost: $10 public, $5 students, The New School students with ID free

TICKETS & RSVP AVAILABLE HERE

Films:

  • MetacinemaApplied Metacinema
  • Burrow CamsBurrow Cams
  • The Divide_1The Divide
  • frogFrog Embryo Development
  • BIRDS_1Birds
  • Symphony_no_42_1Symphonyno. 42
  • to fly or not to fly_cropTo Fly or Not to Fly
  • The WaipipiThe Wapiti
  • The Flight of a Small Northern CloudyspoFlight of a Small Northern Cloudyspot
  • IR_PLANETIR Planet
  • All what is All What is Somehow Useful
  • The Coral Reef Are Dreaming Again
  • Slow Life_1Slow Life

7th Annual Imagine Science Film Festival

Sun 10/19/14

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm 2:30 PM

Shorts: Modern Animals
A contemplation of modernity and the nature film @ The Liberty Science Center
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Join us and ponder modernity and the nature film. We will explore animal habitats from dens and burrows to the open skies, from urban environments to ocean ecosystems.

Liberty Science Center
222 Jersey City Blvd JDW theater
Jersey City, NJ 07305

Program: Modern Animals- Modernity and the nature film

Cost: Adult $5, Child/Senior $4

TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE

Films:

  • MetacinemaApplied Metacinema
  • Burrow CamsBurrow Cams
  • The Divide_1The Divide
  • frogFrog Embryo Development
  • BIRDS_1Birds
  • Symphony_no_42_1Symphonyno. 42
  • to fly or not to fly_cropTo Fly or Not to Fly
  • The WaipipiThe Wapiti
  • IR_PLANETIR Planet
  • All what is All What is Somehow Useful
  • The Coral Reef Are Dreaming Again
  • Slow Life_1Slow Life

7th Annual Imagine Science Film Festival

Sun 10/19/14

7:00 pm - 10:30 pm 6:30 PM

Shorts & Reception: Time Control & 48 Hour Film Competition Screening
Animation, reanimation and the manipulation of time in science and fiction @ The Made in NY Media Center by IFP
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Final screening of the six 48 Hour Science-Film Competition shorts, sponsored by Tribeca Film Institute, Nanotronics & Panavision, followed by shorts program Time Control, panel & reception. Explore various concepts that constitute time control: animation, re-animation, and manipulation of time, illustrated through the lens of science fiction.

The Made in New York Media Center by IFP
30 John Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(DUMBO, Brooklyn)

Program: Time Control - Animation, reanimation and the manipulation of time in sci/fiction

Cost: $10 public, $5 students

TICKETS & RSVP AVAILABLE HERE

Films:

  • Black Vultures Cape MaySmall Brains en Masse
  • Living Foissil_1Living Fossil
  • Recursion_1Recursion
  • Division_still1_Division
  • Flowering Plants_1Flowering Plants – The Right Timing
  • Humming Bird_1Secrets of the Hummingbird’s Tongue
  • los andes 2Los Andes
  • IT HAS ALREADY BEEN ENDED_1IT HAS ALREADY BEEN ENDED BEFORE YOU CAN SEE THE END.
  • Living Still_1Living Still Life
  • Comepressed_03Compressed 03
  • root tip timelapse Root Tip Regeneration in Arabidopsis

7th Annual Imagine Science Film Festival

Mon 10/20/14

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm 6:30 PM

Feature: Focus On Infinity
A globe-spanning exploration of the universe and the people who's lives are devoted to its study (New York premiere of Focus on Infinity) @ The Museum of the Moving Image
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Join Imagine Science Films at The Museum of the Moving Image for New York premiere of the 2014 feature film, Focus On Infinity, to explore the origin of our existence. Focus on Infinity journeys through the unknown, offering insight into technological development as a means of biological discovery, the structures of our intellect and imaginations, and our perennial desire to understand this world.

Museum of the Moving Image
36-01 35th Ave
New York, NY 11106
(Astoria, Queens)

Program: Focus on Infinity 

Cost: TBA

TICKETS AVAILABLE SOON

Films:

  • focus on infinityFocus on Infinity

7th Annual Imagine Science Film Festival

Tue 10/21/14

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm 6:30 PM

Feature: Je T'Aime, Je T'Aime (35mm)
A rare 35mm screening of the Alain Resnais' 1968 time travel classic @ Anthology Film Archives
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Join Imagine Science Films at Anthology Film Archives for a screening of the 1968 French film Je T’Aime, Je T’Aime on 35mm. Experience science narrative at its finest through this epic fictitious story on time travel and memory recall.

Anthology Film Archives
32 Second Ave, Maya Deren Theater
New York, NY 10003
(East Village, Manhattan)

Program: Je T’Aime, Je T’Aime - Time travel & memory recall

Cost: $10 public, $5 students

TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE

FILMS:

  • stillCristina #2

  • Circadia1Circadia
  • JetaimejetaimeJe T’Aime, Je T’Aime

7th Annual Imagine Science Film Festival

Tue 10/21/14

9:00 pm - 10:30 pm 8:30 PM

Shorts: Non-Sequential Recall
Mind, memory, and mental re-arrangement @ Anthology Film Archives
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Following the feature film, Je T’Aime, Je T’Aime, join us for a continuation on the theme of time and memory for a shorts program, Non-Sequential Recall. The concept of remembering is fraught with questions: what is the line between what is real and what is not? What would it be like to live each day in exactly the same way? Which is worth more to us: the past or the future? The films in this program consider such questions, as they delve into complex ideas surrounding mind, memory, and mental re-arrangement.

Anthology Film Archives
32 Second Ave, Maya Deren Theater
New York, NY 10003
(East Village, Manhattan)

Program: Non-Sequential Recall - Mind, memory, and mental re-arrangement

Cost: $10 public, $5 students

TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE

Films:

  • Blame it on the Seagull
  • Amygdala_02Amygdala
  • Headspace_01Headspace
  • Escape from Planet Tar_2Escape from Planet Tar
  • Permanent PresentPermanent Present
  • ditr_02Devil In The Room
  • TheHumanCondition_01The Human Condition
  • NOSTALGIC_1Nostalgic
  • baths_1Baths

7th Annual Imagine Science Film Festival

Wed 10/22/14

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm 6:00 PM

Shorts & Reception: Intimate Portraits of Lifespan and Disease
Personal stories of heath and life from birth to death and all the time in between @ The Rockefeller University
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Personal monologues dissecting all facets of health from birth to death and the time in between. Narratives range from the fantastical tale of a test subject girl turned into a chimera, to a true account of three New Yorkers and their experiences with lithium and Bipolar. Whether fictional or real, each short illuminates the intricacies and struggles of existence.

The Rockefeller University
1230 York Ave, Carson Family Auditorium
New York, NY 10065
(Upper East Side, Manhattan)

Reception: 6-7 PM

Program: Intimate Portraits of Lifespan and Disease 

Cost: $10 public, $5 students, Rockefeller Students free

TICKETS & RSVP AVAILABLE HERE

Films:

  • Ab-OvoAb Ovo
  • Our Curse_1Our Curse
  • AiryMeAiry Me
  • Stick
  • living_in_spaceLiving in Space
  • Lithium_1Lithium: Manhattan, Manic City
  • GERMANIUM-3Germanium
  • darling_stillDarling
  • Sequence of LifeSequence of Life
  • Danielle_1Danielle

7th Annual Imagine Science Film Festival

Thu 10/23/14

7:30 pm - 11:00 pm 7:00 PM

Shorts, Gallery, Concert & Awards: We Already Live in the Future
Modernity, retrofuture, and the scientific hyperpresent @ Pioneer Works
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Join us for the 7th Annual Imagine Science Festival’s penultimate event, beginning with a shorts program that focuses on modernity, retrofuture, and the scientific hyperpresent. All awards will be announced afterwards, and the night will conclude with a concert, featuring a special musical guest. Also visit the Rachel Sussman gallery at your leisure throughout the evening. Food and drink included!

Pioneer Works 
159 Pioneer Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231
(Red Hook, Brooklyn)

Program: We Already Live in the Future- Modernity, retrofuture, and the scientific hyperpresent

Cost: Free, RSVP Recommended

RSVP AVAILABLE HERE

WATCH G+ LIVESTREAM OF AWARDS HERE

Films:

  • WHITE_HOT_GRID_still_1White Hot Grid
  • davinci_still_tmbDa Vinci
  • COPPERCopper
  • Rhizome_1Rhizome
  • Raw Data_1Raw Data
  • OMOTE-1OMOTE / REAL-TIME FACE TRACKING & PROJECTION MAPPING
  • pal198_tmbStep Into the World With Your PAL198x
  • BalletMeetsRobotics_03Ballet Meets Robotics
  • After the Flood_1After the Flood
  • Amnesiac_2Amnesiac on the Beach
  • Quanticare_1Quanticare

Gallery:

THE OLDEST LIVING THINGS
IN THE WORLD

Presented by Pioneer Works, curated by Christina Costello

For the past decade, Brooklyn-based contemporary artist Rachel Sussman has been ​​​ researching, working with scientists, and traveling all over the world to photograph ​​continuously living organisms 2,000 years old and older. Her work spans disciplines, continents, and millennia: it’s part art and part science, has an innate environmentalism, and is underscored by an existential incursion into Deep Time. She’s captured everything from multi-millennial trees to 5,500-year-old moss to half-million-year-old bacteria, traveling from Antarctica to Greenland to the Mojave Desert to the Australian Outback. ​Her New York Times bestselling book ​of the same title was​ published in April 2014, with forewords by Hans Ulrich Obrist and scientist Carl Zimmer. Sussman​ is a TED speaker, a Guggenheim, NYFA and MacDowell Colony Fellow, and a member of Al Gore’s Climate Reality Leadership Corps. S​he was awarded the LACMA Lab Art​ + Tech grant to ​produce new work exploring Deep Time and deep space​ with SpaceX and NASA JPL. Her work can be found in university, museum, corporate, and private collections.

7th Annual Imagine Science Film Festival

Fri 10/24/14

6:00 pm - 9:45 pm 6:00 PM

Screening, Panel & Reception: Closing Night with Margaret Mead
Women in science and film across the globe @ American Museum of Natural History
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The Imagine Science Film Festival partners with Margaret Mead Film Festival! Enjoy an evening at the American Museum of Natural History including a shorts program of science documentaries directed by female filmmakers from around the world followed by the feature film, Sepideh, a documentary about a young Iranian woman who dreams of becoming an astronaut. Screening followed by a panel discussion on women in science and film with Berit Madsen, Director of Sepideh, and Wendy Ettinger, award winning Producer and Director in addition to Co-Founder of Gamechanger Films.

American Museum of Natural History
77th Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenues, Hayden Planetarium Space Theater
New York, NY 10024
(Upper West Side, Manhattan)

Happy hour: 6:00- 7:30 PM

Screening: 7:30-9:45 PM

Program: Science documentaries by female filmmakers followed by the feature film, Sepideh

Panel: Women in science and film with director of Sepideh, Berit Madsen

Cost: $12 public, $10 seniors, $10 students

TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE

WATCH G+ LIVESTREAM OF PANEL HERE

Films:

  • Green_1Green Matters
  • TLMO_1The Lion’s Mouth Opens
  • Deep Weather_1Deep Weather
  • SepidehSepideh
  • Panelists:

    Wendy Ettinger

    An award-winning producer and director, Wendy Ettinger co-founded Gamechanger Films, the first equity fund dedicated to financing feature films directed by women. Through Gamechanger, she was the Executive Producer of Land Ho; through Chicken & Egg Pictures, she was the Executive Producer of Pariah, directed by Dee Rees. Wendy was also the Executive Producer for the Academy-award nominated documentary, The War Room, directed by Chris Hededus and D.A. Pennebaker. She produced Eye of God (Sundance Film Festival, 1997) and Hotel Gramercy Park (Tribeca Film Festival, 2008), and produced and directed Baby I’m Yours (Tribeca Film Festival, 2003). An ardent activist and philanthropist, Wendy believes deeply in the power of change through media, education, and the arts. As a casting director, she has worked with Ken Loach, Ang Lee, Hal Hartley and James Lapine. She focuses her efforts on the rights of women and girls, education and the revitalization of cities through arts. She serves on the board of Working Films, The Educational Foundation of America, Imagine Science and the 52nd Project, and non-profit organization that brings theater professionals together with inner city children.

    Berit Madsen

    Berit Madsen is a social anthropologist and documentary filmmaker from Denmark. She has carried out fieldwork in the Caribbean, Nepal, Niger and Denmark and has produced a number of documentary films as part of her ethnographic research. Her film production lies within the genre of observational cinema, with a strong emphasis on the relationship across the camera and on using the camera as a tool for investigation. Madsen has lectured extensively on ethnographic filmmaking in Denmark, India and Serbia. She has been a member of the working committee of the Nordic Anthropological Film Association since 1991, NAFA Vice General Secretary since 2006, and co-editor of its electronic newsletter NAFA-Network since 1993. Currently she is working on a manuscript for a documentary film project in Iran.

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