Science Movie Night

Main Library

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  • Science Movie Night

Great films. Great science. Great discussions.
The 2nd Tuesday of every month, join us for free movie screenings followed by lively discussion with an expert in the field, presented by the Natural History Museum of Utah in partnership with the Utah Film Center, and The City Library. All films begin at 7pm in the Main Library Auditorium. Visit the Natural History Museum of Utah's Science Movie Night webpage for more information.


TUE, AUG 12, 7pm

Directed by Ishirõ Honda
Not Rated | 96 min. | 1954 | Japan
Japanese dialogue, English subtitles

A 164-foot-tall (50-meter-tall) monster reptile with radioactive breath is revived, thanks to American nuclear weapons testing. It goes on a mad rampage, destroying Tokyo—can it be stopped? Should it be killed?

Join us for a post-film discussion with Dr. Nicola Barber, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Utah's Genetic Science Learning Center. Barber has applied genetic and cell biological approaches to understand how DNA is accurately transmitted to eggs and sperm. She currently is applying her background as a research scientist to genetics and evolution education. Dr. Barber will discuss mutation and the genetic implications of radiation exposure. She'll also highlight some interesting organisms that, like Godzilla, are remarkably resistant to radiation or have adapted to use radiation as a source of energy.

Winner - Special Effects - Japan Movie Association Awards (1954)

Nominated - Best Picture - Japan Movie Association Awards (1954)

TUE, SEP 9, 7pm

Notes on Blindness
Directed by Peter Middleton and James Spinney
Not Rated | 13 min. | 2014 | U.K/U.S./Australia

In 1983, writer and theologian John Hull became blind. To help make sense of his loss, he began keeping an audio diary. Encompassing dreams, memories, and his imaginative life, Notes on Blindness immerses the viewer in Hull's experience of blindness.

Official selection - 2014 Sundance Film Festival

Duk County
Directed by Jordan Campbell
Not Rated | 37 min. | 2013 | U.S./Sudan

Duk County is a moving story about a bold, five-day mission to deliver eye care in a remote and war-torn region of South Sudan - the world's newest country. It chronicles the miraculous work of Dr. Geoff Tabin and Dr. Alan Crandall; two eye surgeons committed to eradicating preventable blindness in Africa, and John Dau, one of the original Lost Boys of Sudan and a visionary for peace in South Sudan's precarious new independence.

Winner - Norman Vaughan Indomitable Spirit Award - 2013 Telluride MountainFilm Festival (2013)

Winner - Moving Mountains Prize - Telluride MountainFilm Festival (2013)

After these two films, Michael Yei, the Manager of the International and Domestic Outreach Division at The John A. Moran Eye Center, will discuss the global burden of blindness and its impact on communities and individuals. Dr. Alan Crandall, M.D., the John A. Moran Presidential Professor and Senior Vice-Chair of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, will talk about the causes and treatment of blindness and the work the Moran Eye Center’s Outreach Division is doing do help end preventable, curable blindness around the world.

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Location: Main Library Auditorium

Contact Information: 801-524-8200