Science + Cinema: New Screen Frontiers

October 21, 2014

Film Row Cinema
1104 South Wabash Avenue, Chicago, IL, USA


From sci-fi to computer simulated graphics to mind-expanding documentaries, science and film have always gravitated toward one another.

The Chicago Council on Science and Technology and the Chicago International Film Festival, along with Columbia College Chicago, present a galvanizing panel comprised of prize-winning film makers, their scientific advisors and subject matter experts as they discuss the representation of science in cinema and the collaborative process between scientists and film makers.

Discussion will be followed by a brainstorming session—a chance for scientists to share their own big-screen experiments, and network with potential collaborators.

This event is a kick-off for the Chicago International Film Festival’s new science film initiative, which will involve the introduction of special divisions in the 2015 Festival for narrative and documentary films with science- related themes.


Head Games by Steve James and Bruce Sheridan; Head Games The Film, LLC

Subject matter: sports concussion

Bruce Sheridan, professor & chair, Columbia College Chicago Cinema Art + Science, filmmaker

Peggy Mason, professor of neurobiology, The University of Chicago

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Terra Incognita by Maria Finitzo; Kartemquin

Subject matter: stem cell research

Maria Finitzo, director / producer

John A Kessler, MD, the Ken & Ruth Davee professor of stem cell biology, Northwestern University

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The Believers by Clayton Brown and Monica Ross; 137 Films

Subject matter: cold fusion

Clayton Brown, executive director, director / producer, 137 Films

Monica Ross, artistic director, 137 Films

Mark Oreglia, professor in physics, The University of Chicago

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Moderator: Nick Davis is an Associate Professor of English, film, and gender studies at Northwestern University.  His book The Desiring-Image (Oxford, 2013) offered new readings and theories of queer cinema since the late 1980s, including work by non-LGBT directors like David Cronenberg, Claire Denis, and David Lynch. He is also the author of the film reviews and its associated blog and Twitter account.


Tuesday, October 21, 2014. Film Row Cinema, Columbia College Chicago. 1104 S. Wabash, 8th Floor.

Check-in 6 p.m. Discussion with directors, scientists and short film clips: 6:30 p.m. Networking 7:30 p.m.

Free and open to the public.

The discussion will be live streamed, tune in at 6:30 pm CDT: Http://

Contact Andrea Poet at or 312-567-5795 with any questions.

PARTNERS on this event include: The Chicago Council on Science and Technology, the Chicago International Film Festival, Columbia College Chicago Cinema Art + Science, University of Chicago, Northwestern University, Mayer Brown, 137 Films, and Kartemquin Films.