Philadelphia Science Festival Goes Big...Big Screen, That Is.
PHILADELPHIA (April 10, 2012) – The Philadelphia Science Festival continues to evolve, and among the
additions for 2012 is a partnership with Awesome Fest, a local film society known for its edgy and unique events and innovative approach to programming. Together, the two organizations are integrating a mini- Science Film Festival into the overall Science Festival, offering more than a dozen films, related lectures and programs beginning April 21.
“When the (Philadelphia Science) Festival approached me about this collaboration, I thought: ‘Oh man, I’m not exactly known for my scientific prowess. How is this going to work?” said Awesome Fest founder and artistic director Josh Goldbloom. “Sitting here now, almost a year later, I can safely say that this is one of the more exciting projects that I’ve had the honor to produce. Every time I walk into The Franklin Institute, it’s like I’m a kid all over again. They make science compelling, fun, magical, and most importantly, they present it with urgency. I hope this lineup of films is able to reflect that. There’s not a single film in this festival that doesn’t have ‘awesome’ stamped all over it.”
Tickets are currently on sale for the following films and programs: http://www.philasciencefestival.org/calendar/2012-04/science-film-fest
Man On a Mission (Philadelphia Premiere) – Opening Night Film
Directed by Mike Woolf
Showing at The Franklin Institute IMAX on April 21 at 7:30pm ($10)
A behind-the-scenes journey with video game legend Richard Garriott on his quest to become the
first second-generation astronaut, from making his fortune ($30 million!) to spending it to following
in his father’s footsteps and reaching the International Space Station aboard a Russian rocket.
Afterward, attendees can explore TFI’s Space Command exhibit with space artifacts.
Winner of the Audience Award for Best Documentary at SXSW
Eco-Pirate: The Story Of Paul Watson (Philadelphia Premiere)
Directed By Trish Dolan
Showing at International House on April 22 at Noon ($10)
*Part of an Earth Day Double Feature
“Eco-Pirate” tells the story of Captain Paul Watson, a man on a mission to save the planet and its
oceans. The film follows the professional radical ecologist as he repeatedly flouts the law, so that he
may apprehend what he sees as the world’s most serious lawbreakers: illegal poachers.
Wiebo's War (Philadelphia Premiere)
Directed By David York
Showing at International House on April 22 at 2pm ($10)
*Part of an Earth Day Double Feature
Wiebo Ludwig is the prime suspect in a series of pipeline bombings. He lives with his family live in
northern Alberta, in the heart of Canada’s oil patch, where they built their home on top of one of
the largest undeveloped fields of natural gas on the continent. “Wiebo’s War” is a complex and
compelling documentary that tells the story of a Christian Community at war with the oil and gas
Chasing Ice (Philadelphia Premiere) – Just added
Directed By Jeff Orlowski
Showing at The Franklin Institute IMAX on April 23 at 7:30pm ($10)
“National Geographic” photographer James Balog was once skeptical about climate change. But
through his Extreme Ice Survey, he discovers undeniable evidence of our changing planet. In
“Chasing Ice,'” we follow Balog across the Arctic as he deploys revolutionary time-lapse cameras
designed for one purpose: to capture a multi-year record of the world's changing glaciers. Balog's
hauntingly beautiful videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in
motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate. Traveling with a young team of adventurers by
helicopter, canoe and dog sled across three continents, Balog risks his career and his well being in
pursuit of the biggest story in human history. As the debate polarizes America and the intensity of
natural disasters ramp up around the world, “Chasing Ice” depicts a heroic photojournalist on a
mission to gather evidence and deliver hope to our carbon-powered planet.
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure
Directed By Stephen Herek
Showing at Trocadero Theater on April 23 at 8pm ($3)
NOTE: $3 admission counts toward a drink. Arrive before 7pm and get a free beer
In the small town of San Dimas, a few miles away from Los Angeles, there are two nearly brain
dead teenage boys going by the names of Bill S, Preston ESQ. and Ted Theodore Logan. They have
a dream together of starting their own rock and roll band called the "Wyld Stallyns." Unfortunately,
they are still in high school and on the verge of failing. If they do not pass their upcoming history
report, they will be separated as a result of Ted's father sending him to military school. But, what Bill
and Ted do not know is that they must stay together to save the future. So a man from the future
named Rufus came to help them pass their report. Both Bill and Ted decide to collect the historical
figures, which they need for their report, hoping that this will help them pass their report so they
can stay together.
The Chocolate Farmer (East Coast Premiere)
Directed By Rohan Fernando
Showing at Trocadero Theater on April 24 at 7pm ($10)
“The Chocolate Farmer” is the story of Eladio Pop, a cacao farmer in a remote district of southern
Belize. A direct descendant of the ancient Maya, Eladio comes face to face with the moral dilemmas
around the “fair trade” label within the multi-billion dollar chocolate industry. Plus, enjoy a
chocolate tasting and discussion with chocolate scientists from Mars, Inc.
Apartment 143 (Emergo) (East Coast Premiere)
Directed By Carles Torrens
Showing at International House on April 24 at 10pm ($5)
DIRECTOR CARLES TORRENS IN ATTENDANCE!
Written by Rodrigo Cortes (writer/director of “Buried”), this sci-fi freak-out focuses on a team of
parapsychologists trying to figure out a very strange phenomena occurring in an apartment building.
Brace yourself for this terrifying experience!
The Corridor (Philadelphia Premiere)
Directed By Evan Kelly
Showing at Trocadero Theater on April 24 at 9pm ($5)
In this stunning and ambitious science fiction chiller (think Stephen King meets “Donnie Darko”),
friends on a weekend excursion discover a spectral corridor through the woods – an impossible
hallway that will change all of their lives.
The City Dark
Directed By Ian Cheney
Showing at The Franklin Institute Franklin Theatre on April 27 at 7:00pm (FREE – but registration
After moving to New York City from rural Maine, filmmaker Ian Cheney (King Corn) asks a simple
question: do we need the stars? Taking him from Brooklyn to Mauna Kea, Paris and beyond. “The
City Dark” is the definitive story of light pollution and, disappearing stars, and the loss of night. Prior
to the screening, Astronomer Derrick Pitts will interview NASA Senior Astrophysicist John Mather.
Directed By Jeremiah Zagar
Showing at The Franklin Institute Franklin Theatre on April 28 at 2:30pm (FREE with museum admission)
“Flatline” is the story of Billy Cohn and Bud Frazier, two visionary doctors from the Texas Heart
Institute who successfully replaced a dying man’s heart with a rotor-driven 'continuous flow' device
of their own design, proving that life was possible without a pulse or a heart beat. (Don’t forget to
visit the Giant Heart exhibit while you’re in the museum!)
Pink Ribbons, Inc. (Philadelphia Premiere)
Directed By Lea Pool
Showing at The Franklin Institute IMAX on April 28 at 7pm ($10)
Breast cancer has become the poster child of corporate cause-related marketing campaigns. Each
year, millions of dollars are raised in the name of breast cancer, but where does this money go and
what does it actually achieve? “Pink Ribbon, Inc.,” shows how the devastating reality of breast cancer
becomes concealed by a shiny, pink story of success.
A Fierce Green Fire (East Coast Premiere)
Directed By Mark Kitchell
Showing at The Franklin Institute IMAX on April 29 at 7:00pm ($10)
An Official Selection of Sundance 2012 and more than a decade in the making, “A Fierce Green
Fire” documents the environmental movement’s evolution from the 1960s to the present, the
largest movement the world has ever seen and perhaps the most crucial in terms of what’s at stake.
A celebration of the science and technology behind everyday life, the Philadelphia Science Festival is
organized by The Franklin Institute with support from presenting sponsor Dow Chemical Company, a grant
from the National Science Foundation and more than 100 other local sponsors and partners, including
Tickets for the films and all Festival programs are now on sale and range between free (with museum
admission) to $10.
ABOUT THE PHILADELPHIA SCIENCE FESTIVAL
The Philadelphia Science Festival is a citywide collaboration April 20-29 showcasing the impact of science and technology past, present and future. Part of a national movement to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers, the Festival builds on Philadelphia’s own rich history of innovation with dozens of lectures, debates, hands-on activities, special exhibits and other informal learning experiences at museums, libraries and even street corners and concert halls. More than 105 institutions are collaborating to produce the Festival, which is funded in part by the National Science Foundation, presented by The Dow Chemical Company and organized by The Franklin Institute. To learn more, visit PhilaScienceFestival.org or call 215-448-1128.