Science on Screen

About the Science On Screen series

Attend screenings of outstanding films introduced by noted scientists. Viewings take place at the Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard Street in Brookline, MA.

Science On Screen Events

  • Big Fish: With Science Journalist Paul Raeburn

    Before the film, journalist and author Paul Raeburn offers a scientific exploration of the role fathers play in their children's lives.

  • Airplane!: With Professor R. John Hansman

    Before a viewing of the comedy classic Airplane!, R. John Hansman of MIT will highlight modern flight automation systems in commercial aircraft.

  • The Abyss: With Dr. Graham Shimmield

    Marine geochemist Dr. Graham Shimmield discusses real-life oceanic mysteries before a viewing of James Cameron's epic The Abyss.

  • Soylent Green: With P.K. Newby

    Explore humanity's relationship to food with this popular dystopian film and a discussion with food expert P.K. Newby on the real future of food.

  • Children of Men: With Dr. David Ryley

    View this fascinating political thriller by the director of Gravity, and hear from an expert on key issues explored in the film.

  • Big: With Eric Rosenbaum

    Prior to a screening of the comedy classic, MIT researcher Eric Rosenbaum discusses technologies he's developed to amplify our imaginations.

  • A Birder's Guide to Everything: With Kenn Kaufman and Rob Meyer

    Birding legend Kenn Kaufman discusses the mysteries surrounding extinct birds before joining director Rob Meyer for a Q and A post-screening.

  • Paths of Glory: With Steven Pinker

    Experimental psychologist Steven Pinker joins us before a showing of the antiwar film Paths of Glory to discuss human nature, war, and violence.

  • King Kong (1933): With Chris Whittier, DVM, PhD

    Veterinarian Chris Whittier discusses fictional vs. real gorillas, the state of the world's gorilla population, and his experiences in Africa.

  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit: With Melissa Franklin

    Harvard professor Melissa Franklin discusses how cartoon physics deviate from our own laws of physics before a screening of this film favorite.

  • Run Lola Run: With John Geddes

    Before a screening of Run Lola Run, learn how chaos theory has revolutionized the way we perceive the world around us.

  • Young Frankenstein: With Dr. Dany Adams

    Before a screening of the comedy classic, learn how scientists are taking electricity’s potential for regeneration in exciting new directions.

  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day: With Thad Starner

    Watch as Arnold Schwarzenegger returns, and learn about wearable computers and "augmented reality" from pioneering researcher Thad Starner.

  • The Diving Bell and the Butterfly: With Frank Guenther

    Watch this moving film adaptation of Jean-Dominique Bauby's remarkable memoir, and learn about the rare condition known as locked-in syndrome.

  • This Is Spinal Tap: With Christopher Shera

    Auditory physiologist Christopher Shera discusses the science of sound and hearing in conjunction with the film This Is Spinal Tap.

  • Edward Scissorhands: With Jeremy DeSilva

    Biological anthropologist Jeremy DeSilva discusses a new species of hominin through the lens of the film Edward Scissorhands.

  • Rushmore: With Steven Schlozman, MD

    Through the film Rushmore, psychiatrist Steven Schlozman will illuminate current understanding of the adolescent brain.

  • The Prestige: With Physicist Peter Fisher

    Physicist Peter Fisher discusses Nikola Tesla’s singular legacy and the future of wireless power before a viewing of the film "The Prestige."

  • Se7en

    Join forensic psychiatrist Thomas Gutheil, MD before the film to discuss the psychology of serial killers.

  • Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

    Analyze the underwater lives of humpback whales through Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home with whale expert Dave Wiley.

  • 8 Mile

    Find out how rappers are able create lyrics off the cuff as Dr. Limb shares what his studies reveal about the neurobiology of creativity.

  • Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure

    Join us as Dr. Edward Farhi, professor of physics at MIT, unravels the "oddities" of time travel.