Cinematic Science

Cinema as a medium has a unique ability to represent virtually any discipline or concept, and this spring, Cornell Cinema uses it to explore the sciences. Shedding light on the little known, and taking new tacks on well-trod lines of thought, this series showcases a collection of films that takes the macro, and the micro, and puts them on the highly accessible platform of the movie screen. Most screenings feature an introduction by a Cornell faculty member or other expert to help contextualize the subject matter. In the case of As Above, So Below, the filmmaker, Sarah Christman, will present her deeply personal film about the ephemeral life of material objects. More Than Honey provides an in-depth look at honeybees in regard to Colony Collapse Disorder and will be introduced by Marina Cauillaud (Entomology) on January 30. The fascinating life of insects is beautifully celebrated in Microcosmos. Jurassic Park will be screened as part of the Paleontological Research Institute’s Darwin Days 2014, and will be introduced by Paleo-artist John Gurche, who was a consultant on the film. Colors of Math looks into the many and varied iterations of mathematics and will be introduced by Steven Strogatz (Applied Mathematics). Particle Fever is a highly engaging look at the journey to discovering the Higgs-Boson “God particle,” and it will be introduced by Peter Wittich (Physics). Finally, Park Doing (Electrical and Computer Engineering/Science & Technology Studies) will present a free event: “A Cultural Anthropology of Television Noise” featuring a compilation of ‘found footage’ noise and live music by Ithaca’s Orbiting Art Ensemble. See all the films in the series to broaden your worldview via a unique melding of the scientific, and the cinematic.

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