a/perture is proud to be one of only 36 recipients of the Coolidge Corner Theatre and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation nationwide Science on Screen® grant program for 2017-2018. Science on Screen features classic, cult, science fiction, and nonfiction films provocatively matched with lively presentations by experts who discuss specific scientific, technological, or medical issues raised by each film. The purpose of the program is to inspire in audience members an increased appreciation for STEM topics—science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The New York based Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, founded in 1934, makes grants in science, technology, and economic performance. Sloan’s program in Public Understanding of Science, Technology & Economics, directed by Doron Weber, supports books, radio, film, television, theater and new media to reach a wide, non-specialized audience.
Thursday, March 8 @ 7pm (speaker talk followed by film screening)
SPEAKER: DALE DAGENBACH, PHD
Dale Dagenbach is a professor of psychology at Wake Forest University who studies attention and memory and how these are instantiated in the brain. For the past decade, most of his research on these topics has been done in collaboration with colleagues at the Laboratory for Complex Brain Networks. He received his BA from New College, his PhD from Michigan State University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in cognitive neuropsychology at Johns Hopkins University before coming to Wake Forest in 1990. He served as chair of the psychology department at Wake Forest from 2006 – 2016.
FILM: ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND (2004)
The second feature from director Michel Gondry (Human Nature) finds the filmmaker reteaming with screenwriter Charlie Kaufman for this off-the-wall romantic comedy. Jim Carrey stars as Joel Barish, a man who is informed that his ex-girlfriend Clementine (Kate Winslet) has had her memories of their relationship erased from her brain via an experimental procedure performed by Dr. Mierzwiak (Tom Wilkinson). Not to be outdone, Joel decides to have the same procedure done to himself. As Mierzwiak’s bumbling underlings Stan (Mark Ruffalo) and Patrick (Elijah Wood) perform the operation on Joel — over the course of an evening, in his apartment — Joel struggles in his own mind to save the memories of Clementine from being deleted. Kirsten Dunst, David Cross, and Jane Adams also star.
Additional titles and dates for Spring 2018
Thursday, April 12 @ 7pm (speaker talk followed by film screening)
SPEAKER: RAJESH KAPILESHWARI, PE, LEED AP
For over two decades Rajesh has been active in the field of energy and resource conservation. As Principal at Ethos Engineering and a practicing professional engineer licensed in the states of North Carolina and Texas, he primarily focuses on design of sustainable, energy-efficient and high-performance facilities. Rajesh served as a committee chair on the US Green Building Council’s Triad chapter. Through his active community involvement, Rajesh seeks to inspire people of all ages to protect the environment and resources of this planet. He coached middle school students and prepared them for “Future Cities” competitions for 6 years. As a Board member of the Forsyth Community Gardening, he spreads his passion for ecological and edible gardens. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Piedmont Environmental Alliance, an organization with broad reaching impact on the community and beyond.
FILM: FUTURE WEATHER (2013)
Lauduree (Haney-Jardine) is a 13-year-old loner passionate about nature and worried about global warming. Greta (Amy Madigan), her grandmother, is a fiery nurse jaded by alcohol and disappointment. When Lauduree is abruptly abandoned by her dreamer single mom (Marin Ireland), she decides to take survival into her own hands, forcing her and Greta to rethink their futures. Featuring humorous, sharply drawn characters and powerful performances by Amy Madigan (Field of Dreams, Gone Baby Gone), Lili Taylor (Say Anything, Six Feet Under), and rising star Perla Haney-Jardine (Kill Bill Vol. 2, Spider-Man 3), Future Weather is about finding the courage to survive change.
Thursday, May 3 @ 7pm (speaker talk followed by film screening)
SPEAKER: TONY ATALA, MD
Dr. Atala is the Director of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine at the Wake Forest School of Medicine. He is a practicing surgeon and a researcher in the area of regenerative medicine. His current work focuses on growing new human cells, tissues, and organs. He is Editor-in-Chief of Stem Cells Translational Medicine and Current Stem Cell Research & Therapy. In 2011 he was elected to the National Academy of Medicine. He was featured in U.S. News & World Report as 1 of 14 Pioneers of Medical Progress in the 21st Century. He has received many awards for his work, including the 2013 Edison Science Award, the 2016 Smithsonian Ingenuity Award, and the R&D 2016 Innovator of the Year Award. More than 14 applications of technologies developed in his laboratory have been used clinically. He is the editor of 20 books, has published more than 500 journal articles, and has applied for or received more than 200 national and international patents.
FILM: NEVER LET ME GO (2010)
Never Let Me Go is a poignant love story, adapted from Kazuo Ishiguro’s bestselling, Booker Prize short listed novel of the same name. Kathy, Tommy and Ruth live in a world and a time that feel familiar to us, but they are not quite like anything we know. They spend their childhood at Hailsham, a seemingly idyllic English boarding school. When they leave the shelter of the school and the terrible truth of their fate is revealed to them, they must also confront the deep feelings of love, jealousy and betrayal that threaten to pull them apart.
Tickets $15 general admission, $12 a/v members & $11 students