Science Movie Night Gains Utah Film Center As a Partner

Partnership Offers Access to Better Movies.

 

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

The Natural History Museum of Utah plans to add a whole new level of expertise to its popular Science Movie Night program by partnering with the Utah Film Center. The program will continue to be a free event on the second Wednesday of every month at the Salt Lake City Main Library auditorium, running from 6:30 – 9 p.m.

The new Science Movie Night partnership will debut with the screening of Seed Hunter on Sept. 14. The ensuing discussion will feature Rita Dodge, the conservation director for Red Butte Garden. Dodge’s discussion will focus on her work here in Utah with the Seeds of Success program.

“We’re excited to partner with the Utah Film Center on Science Movie Night,” said Lisa Thompson, manager of public programs at the Museum. “The Utah Film Center brings extensive expertise on movies to the program, and they have access to a wide range of films from the latest independents to the time-tested classics.

“Pairing the Utah Film Center library with the access we have to scientists will certainly add new depth to this program, and we look forward to the exciting and engaging public discourse.”

The 10-year-old program highlights a movie or documentary with science content every month. The screening is always followed by a lively discussion led by an expert who can speak to the science featured in the movie. However, with additional support from the Utah Film Center, the program will benefit from a better selection of movies, and select screenings may include additional discussions on the film itself.

“We’re honored that the Natural History Museum of Utah has asked us to partner with them, on this fun program,” said Patrick Hubley, Artistic Director, Utah Film Center. “Both organizations have 10 year histories of presenting films at the City Library and this partnership is a natural fit. We’re looking forward to working with the Museum to find new and exciting films for the program.”

For more information on Science Movie Night, please visit the Museum’s Web site at www.nhmu.utah.edu/movie.