Friday, Oct 23, 2020 at 11:00am
This year's 13th edition will be fully online due to the current world crisis we're living in. It was critical nevertheless for Imagine Science to have the festival as we're committed to communicating science, especially in a time where facts can easily be distorted through media channels causing misunderstandings, fears and anger in our world. People crave to understand scientific facts and stories around how our cultures and societies are intimately linked to science. We hope it also gives people hope for a better future where priorities are recalibrated and where we can act to stop some of the major issues we're facing - starting with a vaccine against COVID-19 but also tackling climate change, ecosystems in peril, pollution, and contamination, among others global issues.
The festival kicks off on the evening of October 16 with an ambitious schedule including 28 programs with over 80 films, with 30 countries represented. For the first time, the festival broadens its selection of feature films and explores new ways of putting science in the spotlight. It also introduces the movement of Science New Wave where we celebrate cinematic work that encourages bold, hybrid new forms of scientific storytelling.
Over the course of eight days, we will have provocative documentaries that explore the intersection of science and society, compelling scientific fictions, mesmerizing scientific imagery, and engaging film experiments.
This year our theme is Migration and we explore this concept in all of its facets. We will also be featuring films and online works of any and all other genres, methodologies, and subjects that, as always, push the boundaries of the science narrative.
According to our Artistic Director and Founder Alexis Gambis, "The Imagine Science Film Festival plays an important role in today's time as we're living through uncertainties; better science communication and radical experimentation at the intersection of arts and sciences are ever-so critical." Our new Programming Coordinator Wangechi Ngugi says about the programming: "We have an eclectic program composed of 26 features and 58 short films touching on relevant issues affecting the world today and showing how science and art are important and more powerful together than apart." Our Festival Coordinator Veronica Castillo adds: "Now more than ever we need to get more involved with science, virtual or physical, the festival must show on and we're holding a few surprises for our online networking."
A few highlights:
Every year that goes by, the gender discrimination present in today's society is further exposed. For this year's opening film, Ian Cheney and Sharon Shattuck's eye-opening documentary "Picture a Scientist" explores the cases of three leading women scientists who overcome brutal harassment, institutional discrimination, and years of subtle slights to revolutionize the culture of science.
Our closing film is the US Premiere of Ai Weiwei's Coronation, a remarkable document, that follows the lives of people in the the city of Wuhan, China during the global COVID-19 pandemic, and how the country's government and citizens have responded to and been impacted by the outbreak. Our other feature films are just as engaging. Journey to heart of the Angolan capital, Luanda, with the U.S. Premiere of Fradique's debut feature film Air Conditioner. Meet Hugo Gernsbackthe, the most influential nerd you may never have heard of, with our retrospective screening of Eric Schockmel's Tune into the Future. Explore sisterhood and the evolution of communication in two of the most social creatures on earth, humans and ants, in Anna Lindemann's feature The Colony.
Our selection includes 10 World Premieres, 5 East Coast Premieres, 28 U.S. Premieres, and 10 New York Premieres.
11:00am Phases of Matter
Shorts film program
Closing Night Feature
9:00pm Symbiosis Closing Night and Award Ceremony And Afterparty Network
All films and conversations will be streaming on Labocine.
All films are limited for viewing to NY.
Conversations with directors will follow immediately film screenings.
Wednesday, Nov 18, 2020 at 7:00pm Eastern Time
WEBINAR hosted by Chinatown Manpower (conducted in Mandarin Chinese)
Tuesday, Oct 20, 2020 at 11:00am Eastern Time
Tuesday, Oct 20, 2020 at 7:30pm Eastern Time