by Carolyn Classen, blogger
DON’T LOOK UP
THURSDAY, JUNE 23 AT 7:30PM | REGULAR ADMISSION PRICES
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“Don’t miss this special Science on Screen presentation of the Oscar-nominated comedy, Don’t Look Up, featuring an in-person introduction by University of Arizona Distinguished Professor of Astronomy, Chris Impey! Dr. Impey’s introduction, entitled “It Works Whether You Believe it or Not,” will address several key questions related to the sci-fi satire: How accurate is the movie’s science? What’s the difference between the current climate threat and a potential comet threat? If a comet really was heading for the Earth, could we stop it? How should scientists deliver bad news and, more generally, deal with science denial and misinformation?
In the irreverent comedy Don’t Look Up, nominated for four Academy Awards (including Best Picture), two low-level astronomers must embark on a giant media tour to warn humankind of an approaching comet that will destroy planet Earth, but getting the attention of a distracted population proves to be shockingly – and hilariously – difficult. Written and directed by Oscar-winner Adam McKay (The Big Short), this biting satire features an all-star cast including Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, Rob Morgan, Jonah Hill, Mark Rylance, Tyler Perry, Timothée Chalamet and Ariana Grande. (Dir. by Adam McKay, 2021, USA, 138 mins., Rated R)
Chris Impey is a University Distinguished Professor and Deputy Head of the Department of Astronomy at the University of Arizona in Tucson. 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. He’s written over 50 popular articles on cosmology and astrobiology, two introductory textbooks, a novel called Shadow World, and eight popular science books, including The Living Cosmos, How It Ends, Talking About Life, How It Began, Dreams of Other Worlds, Humble Before the Void, Beyond: The Future of Space Travel, and Einstein’s Monsters: The Life and Times of Black Holes.
Science on Screen creatively pairs screenings of classic, cult, science fiction, and documentary films with lively presentations by notable experts from the world of science and technology. Each film is used as a jumping-off point for a speaker to introduce current research or technological advances in a manner that engages popular culture audiences. Science on Screen is an initiative of the Coolidge Corner Theatre, in partnership with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.”
Carolyn’s note: This hilarous comedy was compared to the Trump Administration’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic with “science denial and misinformation”, leading to 1 M deaths in the U.S. alone. Watch this movie to learn more about how Americans treat scientists, especially those disclosing bad news, which might hurt the economy.