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“Between Earth & Sky: Climate Change on the Last Frontier” at the Loft

Between Earth and Sky: Climate Change on the Last Frontier

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 AT 7:30PM | REGULAR ADMISSION PRICES at Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. Tucson

“Featuring a post-film panel discussion with local experts, including Dr. Joseph Blankinship, UA Assistant Professor and soil biogeochemist; Moira Hough, PhD candidate  in the UA  Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Dr. Craig Rasmussen, UA Professor of Environmental Pedology. 

Special thanks to our community partners The University of Arizona Institute of the Environment, the University of Arizona Department of Soil, Water and Environmental Science, and the Flandrau Science Center and Planetarium.

Science on Screen is an initiative of the Coolidge Corner Theatre, with major support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.    

Alaska has been the source of myth and legend in the imagination of Americans for centuries, and what was once the last frontier of American expansion, has become the first frontier in climate change.

Between Earth and Sky examines climate change through the lens of impacts to native Alaskans, receding glaciers, and arctic soil. The island of Shishmaref has been home to the Inupiaq people for thousands of years. As sea ice retreats and coastal storms increase, the people of Shishmaref are faced with a disappearing island and a $200 million price tag to move their people with an untold cost on their culture and history. Permafrost (permanently frozen ground) in the Arctic and Subarctic sequesters 40% of the Earth’s soil carbon. Alaska has experienced the largest regional warming of any state in the U.S., increasing 3.4 degrees F since 1949. This warming has created a feedback loop of carbon to the atmosphere and the thawing of permafrost. Mixing interviews with some of the world’s leading scientists in climate change and arctic soils, with the day to day struggle of native Alaskans living on the front lines of global warming, Between Earth and Sky shows the calamity of climate change that has started in Alaska but will soon engulf the globe. (Dir. by Paul Hunton & Jonathan Seaborn, 2016, USA, 80 mins., Not Rated)

Science on Screen pairs current, classic, cult and documentary film with lively introductions by notable figures from the world of science, technology or medicine, allowing audiences to experience the excitement of discovery while enjoying some enlightenment along with their popcorn!

Dr. Joseph Blankinship, University of Arizona, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
Dr. Blankinship is a soil biogeochemist and a new Assistant Professor in the Department of Soil, Water and Environmental Science. He is the Fellow for the USGS Powell Center Working Group on Soil Carbon Stabilization, an Action Group Leader for the International Soil Carbon Network, and building a research program focused on developing strategies for enhancing soil carbon storage and soil health in degraded arid ecosystems.

Moira Hough, University of Arizona Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology. Moira Hough is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology studying arctic ecosystems. Her research focuses on understanding how changes in plant and microbial activity impact carbon storage and greenhouse gas release after permafrost thaw. She spent the last three summers working at a field station in northern Sweden and has previously studied sites in northern Siberia and southeastern Alaska.

Dr. Craig Rasmussen, University of Arizona College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.  Dr. Rasmussen is a Professor of Soil Science in the Department of Soil, Water and Environmental Science with over 20 years of experience working in ecosystems ranging from Southwestern deserts to alpine and subalpine forest and grasslands. He has performed extensive research on soil formation, soil organic carbon cycling and sequestration, mineral weathering, and predictive soil mapping.”





Tucson Premiere of “Star Men” documentary at the Loft Theater


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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 AT 7:30PM | REGULAR ADMISSION PRICES at the Loft Cinema, 3222  E. Speedway Blvd. Tucson

This presentation is part of Science on Screen at The Loft, an initiative of the Coolidge Corner Theatre Foundation, with major support from the Alfred P. Sloane Foundation.

“Don’t miss the U.S. Premiere of the acclaimed new documentary Star Men, featuring an introduction by University of Arizona astronomer Chris Impey, and a post-film discussion with Impey, director Alison Rose, and film subject Professor Neville “Nick” Woolf!

In the new documentary Star Men, four exceptional astronomers celebrate 50 years of work and friendship on a road trip through the southwest, recapturing youthful adventures and recounting each other’s influences on the most exciting period in astronomy’s history: Professor Donald Lynden-Bell,  the theoretician; Professor Neville “Nick” Woolf, the visionary;  and Professor Wallace L.W. Sargent, the observer.  Together they represent the most productive period astronomy has ever had. They helped build the world’s biggest observatories and made revolutionary discoveries about the evolving universe, discoveries that have the power to change the way humanity sees itself.  In old age and facing death, their journey through memory and the breath-taking landscape provokes them to reflect on how their profound work on the universe has reflected back on the individual, affecting their sense of religious faith, how life may have purpose, and what is knowable and unknowable.  Filmed in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Utah, the film draws a character-driven, intimate portrait of friendship as the men travel from the century-old telescope on Mt. Wilson through a progression of larger and more powerful observatories. They pause at the Grand Canyon, and re-take a hike that nearly defeated them when they were young.  (Dir. by Alison Rose, 2015, Canada/USA/UK, 88 mins., Not Rated)

Chris Impey is a noted author and professor and deputy head of the department of astronomy at the University of Arizona. His astronomy research focuses on observational cosmology—using telescopes and other instruments to study the large-scale structure and evolution of the universe. He also does research on education and science literacy.

Alison Rose is a producer, director, and writer whose filmmaking explores how people experience and understand the world – scientifically; ethically. Alison worked at the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics for 18 months during the making of Star Men. Her previous documentaries include Galileo’s Sons & Love at the Twilight Motel.

Professor Neville “Nick” Woolf received his PhD in Astrophysics from Manchester University in 1959. After his graduation, he moved to the United States, first to the Lick Observatory of the University of California, Santa Cruz, and then to the Princeton University Observatory in Princeton, New Jersey. In 1965, he became a National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, and in 1966, he was awarded the Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship at the National Academy of Sciences. In 1974, he became a professor at the University of Arizona, where he helped create the Mount Graham International Observatory.   Professor Woolf pioneered adaptive optics, making telescope images sharper by subtracting atmospheric interference.

Science on Screen is designed to pair thought-provoking films, old and new, with insightful contextual discussions with local experts and academics to create illuminating and entertaining programming that will bring the exciting world of science alive on the big screen. Made possible by a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the Coolidge Corner Theatre Foundation.”


Environmental film “This Changes Everything” at the Loft




THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19 AT 7:00PM | REGULAR ADMISSION PRICES at the Loft Cinema, 3233 E., Speedway Blvd. Tucson

Featuring a post-film panel discussion with Luis Alberto Perales of Tierra y Libertad, Bob Cook of Sustainable Tucson and Diana Liverman of UA Institute of the Environment.

Co-presented by UA Institute of the EnvironmentSustainable TucsonSierra ClubTierra y Libertad, and Tucson Climate Action Network.

This presentation is part of Science on Screen at The Loft, an initiative of the Coolidge Corner Theatre Foundation, with major support from the Alfred P. Sloane Foundation. (info from Loft website below)

What if confronting the climate change crisis is the best chance we’ll ever get to build a better world? Filmed in nine countries and five continents over four years, This Changes Everything is an epic attempt to re-imagine the vast challenge of climate change.
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