September Science & Film Goings On

Here is a selection of creative takes on the world of science and film for the month of September:

Director Stephen Frears’ FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS stars Meryl Streep as the New York philanthropist and aspiring opera singer who lived from 1868 to 1944. For most of her life, Jenkins lived with tertiary stage Syphilis and was prescribed arsenic and mercury. Read on Science & Film about the historic use of these heavy metals.

Based on the true story of the Deepwater Horizon BP oil spill, which devastated the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, DEEPWATER HORIZON is a new thriller. Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell, John Malkovich, and Kate Hudson star. Lionsgate is releasing the film on September 30.

Director Mira Nair’s latest film, QUEEN OF KATWE, is a biographical feature about a chess prodigy from Uganda who became a world chess champion in 2012. Academy Award-winner Lupita Nyong’o stars alongside David Oyelowo, who plays the founder of a chess center in Katwe. This Disney film will be in limited release on September 23 and wide release on September 30. Check back on Science & Film for an interview with QUEEN OF KATWE’s producer Lydia Dean Pilcher, who is also producing the Sloan-supported feature film RADIUM GIRLS.

Museum of the Moving Image is presenting “Meltdown: Nuclear Fears on Film”: a series of four film screenings. Journalist Eric Schlosser will introduce the screening of Stanley Kubrick’s DR. STRANGELOVE, about which Science & Film has written, on September 7. Science & Film will report back from the event. Stay tuned to Science & Film for an interview with documentary director Robert Kenner who has made COMMAND AND CONTROL based on Eric Schlosser’s new book of the same name.

The Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) showcases scripts in development during its annual film week at the Made in New York Media Center in Dumbo, Brooklyn. Seven scripts are science-themed, including Mark Levinson’s Sloan-supported feature film THE GOLD BUG VARIATIONS. Check back on Science & Film for an exclusive look inside the event, which is held from September 17-22.

Tickets for the 54th Annual New York Film Festival, presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center, go on sale September 11. The festival will take place September 30 to October 16. Films featuring scientific or technological themes include: the world premiere of director and writer James Gray’s THE LOST CITY OF Z, about an explorer in the Amazon; director Joao Pedro Rodrigues’s THE ORNITHOLOGIST, about an ornithologist on a bird-watching expedition in Portugal; director Paul Verhoeven’s ELLE, about a videogame company executive; THE UNKNOWN GIRL by the Dardenne brothers, about a Belgian doctor; Ang Lee’s BILLY LYNN’S LONG HALFTIME WALK, about a traumatized war hero, which was shot in 4K at Douglas Trumbull’s studio.

The multimedia artist Tony Oursler has made an immersive feature film, IMPONDERABLE, about the paranormal, which is now on view at the Museum of Modern Art through January 8, 2017. Oursler has a coinciding exhibition presented by the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College called The Imponderable Archive, which includes scientific instruments used in the eighteenth century.

This is a monthly listing of science-themed cultural offerings about town.