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Science on Screen


Science on Screen is an ongoing film series that combines special screening and conversations including scientists and filmmakers that offer new perspectives on both film and scientific subject matter. Films span from the silent era through those made for the Internet; subjects range from seahorses to robotic clones. The series has featured the work of such filmmakers as Isabella Rossellini, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Agnieszka Holland, and Alex Rivera, who have discussed topics including marine organisms, reproductive biology, epidemiology, and human-robot interactions with scientists including Mandë Holford, Fabien Cousteau, and Maria Gloria Dominguez-Bello.

Starting February: Extinction and Otherwise, a series of scripted and non-scripted films that depict extinction, survival, and life as it might be.

Science on Screen is organized by Sonia Epstein, Executive Editor and Associate Curator of Science and Film.

Made possible with support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.



Past Films in Series

A young man in glasses sits before a chess board and an old fashioned desktop computer in a black and white image
Close-up of a hairy underwater amoeba in black and white
Close-up of a hairy underwater amoeba in black and white
A nun stands in an empty medical facility looking at salamander cages
a mountain wth a blue shawled figure in the foreground
A red light flare streaks across a green woods against a blue sky
Images from animated films, on the left a white haired female character looks around at a fantastical green world; on the right, two sad stick figures in white stand against a blank black background
Horses stand in a windswept field, the sea in the distance
A man crouches on the ground with a gun, surrounded by men in uniform
A faded photograph of an owl looking at camera, surrounded by leaves
A fantasy spiral effect of an outdoor scene of two men in a green forest
A young boy holds a butterfly on his arm
Visual representations of HAL 9000 computer from 2001, and the voice from the movie Her.
A blonde mother hugging her ponytailed daughter and both smiling