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Science & Cinema — Gattaca
September 20, 2015 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm$10
Join The Field Museum at the Music Box Theatre for a special series of film screenings dedicated to diving into the science behind some of Hollywood’s greatest blockbusters. These educational and entertaining events combine science and cinema to delve into the reality and science behind the silver screen. For each of these screenings The Field Museum will bring science professionals and lecturers to the Music Box Theatre to introduce the films and provide a forum for discussion following the film. So grab your notebook for this amazing series that partners two great Chicago Institutions!
Gattaca – Sunday, September 20th at 1:30pm
WALL-E – Wednesday, October 28th at 7:00pm
Creature From The Black Lagoon – Sunday, November 15th at Noon
Gattaca – presented with Shannon Hackett and Kevin Feldheim
Shannon Hackett is the Richard and Jill Chaifetz Associate Curator of Birds at The Field Museum and one of the people on the committee that manages the Museum’s Pritzker Laboratory for Molecular Systematics and Evolution. She studies DNA and Field Museum collections to understand the tree of life for birds, and then uses these relationships to try to figure out why birds look the way they do, sound the way they do, and are found where they are. She also actively researches individual birds as their own ecosystems, doing a biodiversity inventory of the parasites and pathogens that live in and on birds as a way of gaining insight into emerging pathogens and the conditions under which parasites and pathogens might switch hosts.
Kevin Feldheim is the A. Watson III Manager of the Pritzker Laboratory for Molecular Systematics and Evolution. His research focuses on inferring the mating system and population biology of sharks using genetic markers called microsatellites, although he is broadly interested in many organisms.
Directed by Andrew Niccol; starring Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman, Jude Law
The futuristic thriller Gattaca invites audiences to enter an alternate future in which “designer people” — forged in test tubes — rule society and genetics determine a person’s future. In this world, a person with the right genetic stuff can do anything; but a person with even a slight defect or even potential for a defect is a prisoner of his own biological cells.