Reel Science Film Series: Donnie Darko, Flash Gordon

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Digital Gym Cinema says
Cult sci-fi films meet real science in this new film series titled REEL SCIENCE. This January, join the Digital Gym Cinema, Film Geeks SD, the San Diego Natural History Museum, and a lineup of San Diego scientists for a month-long film series that explores scientific themes in cult cinema and provides audiences with the science behind the fiction.

Here’s how it works: We’re pairing cult sci-fi favorites with local scientists for an evening of mind-expanding fun. Before each film we’ll have games, trivia, door prizes, and a chance to interact with our guest scientists, who will contextualize scientific themes explored in the movie by providing corrective commentary - explaining what the filmmakers got right and, in some cases, so very wrong, in portraying concepts from the bleeding edge of scientific inquiry.

This program will take place on Saturdays in January 2017, with theNAT and Digital Gym hosting the program on alternating weekends.


PROGRAM DATES AND DETAILS:


REEL SCIENCE: Donnie Darko

Saturday, January 21, 2017, 4 PM

Location: THE DIGITAL GYM CINEMA

Hosted at Digital Gym, this evening’s program features time travel cult classic Donnie Darko. Is Donnie Darko going insane, or is the six-foot monster bunny prophesizing about the end of the world in late-night visions giving Donnie the inside scoop on an impending disaster?

Physicist Daniel Sheehan will shed some light on Donnie’s questions about time travel and on our understanding of time.

The lobby opens at 4 PM for informal discussions, followed by the film screening at 4:30 PM.



REEL SCIENCE: Flash Gordon

Saturday, January 28, 2017, 7 PM

Location: THE SAN DIEGO NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM

Hosted at theNAT, this evening we’ll present the 1980 camp sci-fi classic Flash Gordon. Football star “Flash” Gordon boards a small plane and unwittingly steps into an intergalactic battle that involves an evil emperor, a sexy space princess with telepathic gadgets, metal-faced secret police, ill-conceived spaceships galore, and flying soldiers called Hawkmen.

Entomologist Michael Wall will somehow, improbably, tether the wacky exploits of Flash and the Gang back to actual science. Based on clues from the film, what can we deduce about the adaptation and evolution of life on the planet Mongo?

Museum doors open at 7 PM for informal discussions in the Atrium, followed by the film screening in our giant screen theater at 7:30 PM.

Flash Gordon tickets available through the National History Museum: https://tickets.sdnhm.org/public/show_events_list.asp?shCode=986


FILM TICKETS:
$12 General Admission
At Digital Gym CINEMA in North Park.
2921 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92104.
(Off 805 Freeway on corner of 30th Street and El Cajon Blvd.)

CINEMA INFO:
info@mediaartscenter.org / 619-230-1938
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