June Science & Film Goings On
The month of June features a number of goings on at the intersection of science and cinema. While we continue to offer programming aligned with our mission, it is also an important time to promote justice for Black lives and to condemn racism and police brutality. The non-profit 500 Women Scientists has put together a useful list of ways to take action to support #BlackLivesMatter, including best practices and resources.
Our next Science on Screen film, available to stream starting June 12, is the new Sloan-supported documentary PICTURE A SCIENTIST, which chronicles how women in science are advocating to make the field more diverse, equitable, and open to all.
On June 25 at 8pm, we'll be presenting a live event featuring CDC medical illustrator Alissa Eckert, who is responsible for the iconic image of COVID-19—the spiky blob. She will be in conversation with science and technology scholar David Serlin, considering the difference between illustration and visualization, public education and accessibility, and the creation of the face of COVID-19.
We also recommend the following science or technology-themed films and television shows which are available for streaming:
A documentary that illuminates the inequalities embedded in the infrastructure of code. Watch via Human Rights Watch Film Festival or Hot Docs.
THE LOST ASTRONAUT
Featuring Ed Dwight Jr. who was poised, in the 1960s, to become NASA’s first African-American astronaut. Watch via NY Times Op Docs or Hot Docs.
Inspired by the true story of the Zambia Space Academy. Watch via Sloan Science & Film.
The true story of a countercultural group that isolated inside a self-built replica of Earth's ecosystem trying to model a sustainable way of living. Watch via MoMI.
THE RIGHT CHOICE
A married couple tries to decide what attributes their baby should have.
Watch via Dust.
THE HOTTEST AUGUST
A documentary that offers a window into the mindset of New Yorkers during August 2017. Watch via MoMI.
A remote village in Brazil comes under siege by a villainous band of mercenaries. Watch via MoMI.
A new series, based on the Bong Joon-Ho film, set in an uninhabitable world aboard a perpetually moving train where socially inequality is starkly visible. Watch on TNT or Amazon.
Adapted from Siddhartha Mukherjee's book, the history of scientific understanding of the human genome and present-day revolutions in genetic science. Watch on PBS.
A rotoscope animated series centered on a character who discovers a new relationship with time after an accident. Watch on Amazon Prime.
RICK AND MORTY
An animated series that follows Rick, a genius scientist who adventures through time and space with his grandson Morty. Watch on Adult Swim.
Cover image: Picture a Scientist, (c) Uprising LLC