Science on Screen

2018-2019 Film Series

The Science on Screen program is an initiative of the COOLIDGE CORNER THEATRE, with major support from the ALFRED P. SLOAN FOUNDATION. The Michigan Theater’s Science on Screen program is also sponsored by ARBOR RESEARCH COLLABORATIVE FOR HEALTH.

First Man

Tuesday, October 16 at 7 PM

On the heels of their six-time Academy Award®-winning smash, La La Land, Oscar®-winning director Damien Chazelle and star Ryan Gosling re-team for the riveting story of NASA’s mission to land a man on the moon, focusing on Neil Armstrong and the years 1961-1969. A visceral, first-person account, based on the book by James R. Hansen, the movie will explore the sacrifices and the cost on Armstrong and on the nation of one of the most dangerous missions in history.141 min. Drama/History. PG-13.

With special guest Mark Moldwin, Executive Director of NASA’s Michigan Space Grant Consortium.

The Twinning Reaction

Tuesday, January 15 at 7 PM 

A feature-length documentary film about a tragically failed human research experiment from the 1960s: a case involving identical twins who were separated in infancy and secretly studied by psychologists for many years. 55 min. Documentary. NR.

Featuring a live panel discussion with Dr. Lawrence Perlman (Three Identical Strangers), Dr. Michael D. Jibson and Prof. Kayte Spector-Bagdady.

Genesis 2.0

Wednesday, March 20 at 7 PM

On the remote New Siberian Islands in the Arctic Ocean, hunters search for tusks of extinct mammoths. When they discover a surprisingly well-preserved mammoth carcass, its resurrection becomes the first manifestation of the next great technological revolution: genetics, and it may turn the world upside down. Presented in English, Russian, Yakut, Korean and Chinese. 113 min. Documentary. NR.

Featuring a live discussion with David Burke, Ph.D., Interim Chair and Professor, Department of Human Genetics at Michigan Medical School.

Andy Irons: Kissed by God

Tuesday, April 30 at 7 PM

Three-time world champion surfer Andy Irons quietly battled bipolar disorder and opioid addiction throughout his life – demons that millions of others combat daily. His previously untold story tears down myths associated with the diseases. 100 minutes. Documentary. NR

Featuring a panel discussion featuring Melvin McInnis, MD, Director for the Heinz C. Prechter Bipolar Research Program, and Fred Blow, PhD, Director for the U-M Department of Psychiatry Addiction Center.