Tuesday, March 10 | Submitted by Moxie Cinema | Downtown Central
Springfield, MO 3/10/2015
Moxie Cinema announced today it will take part in the second annual National Evening of Science on Screen on Monday, March 16. Twenty-two independent theaters in cities across the country will participate in this event, which will feature a unique film and speaker presentation at each venue as part of its Science on Screen program. The Moxie will host a free screening of “There Will Be Blood” at 6pm. Geology Professor Dr. Kevin Evans (Missouri State University) will led a post-show discussion exploring the science behind oil exploration. This free screening is the first of five Monday evening screenings scheduled through April 13 at Springfield’s member-supported arthouse theater.
“We will be pairing a variety of films with science and technology experts,” says Mike Stevens, Executive Director of the Moxie Cinema. “Each film will serve as a jumping-off point for the expert speaker to explore a related scientific or technological topic in a way that engages general audiences – from the mathematics behind codebreaking in The Imitation Game to exploring how the adolescent brain develops after watching Rushmore.”
This program began in 2005 at Coolidge Corner Theatre in Boston, MA and has since expanded to other independent cinemas through a national grant initiative <http://www.coolidge.org/sloan> funded by the prestigious Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and administered by the Coolidge. The Moxie was among only 23 cinemas to receive a Science on Screen grant in 2014.
“We’re delighted to join with the Coolidge in celebrating a National Science on Screen evening in 22 cities across America,” said Doron Weber, Vice President, Programs, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. “This has been a banner year for science movies such as The Imitation Game and Particle Fever (both of which were supported by Sloan) as well as The Theory of Everything and Interstellar. Science on Screen shows that just about any popular film can be a gateway to an exhilarating discussion about science and technology and their formative role in shaping the world we live in, be it epic, comic, satiric, horrific, biographic, dramatic or thrillerific! ”
The National Evening of Science on Screen aims to highlight the rich and varied connections between science and film. Movie-and-speaker pairings will address such diverse concepts as virtual reality, underwater exploration, climate change, and the physiology of taste. Each participating theater will present a different program, with audiences nationwide experiencing the excitement of discovery as they enjoy some scientific enlightenment along with their popcorn.
MOXIE CINEMA’S “SCIENCE ON SCREEN” SCHEDULE:
MARCH 16 at 6pm: THERE WILL BE BLOOD
w/ M.S.U. Geology professor Dr. Kevin Evans
MARCH 23 at 6pm: RUSHMORE
w/ pediatric psychiatrist Kyle John, M.D. from Mercy Hospitals
MARCH 30 at 6pm : CHILDREN OF MEN
w/ M.S.U. Biology professor Dr. Christopher Barnhart
APRIL 6 at 6pm: MONEYBALL
w/ M.S.U. Computer Science professor Dr. Lloyd Smith
APRIL 13 at 6pm: THE IMITATION GAME
w/ M.S.U. Mathematics professor Dr. Les Reid].
Thanks to the generosity of our community, Moxie Cinema went digital in 2013.