The Arkansas Cinema Society (ACS), in partnership with the Women’s Foundation of Arkansas, will host a virtual screening of Picture a Scientist on Wednesday, April 14, 6 p.m. followed by a Q&A with Dr. Lee Lee Doyle, UAMS, PhD Obstetrics & Gynecology, Dr. Nisha Viswanathan, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, MD Internal Medicine, and moderated by Anna Beth Gorman, Executive Director of the Women's Foundation of Arkansas. This will be ACS’s second virtual screening as part of The Coolidge Corner Theatre's Science on Screen® series, with major support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Register here.
Directed by Sharon Shattuck and Ian Cheney, Picture a Scientist chronicles the groundswell of researchers who are writing a new chapter for women scientists. Biologist Nancy Hopkins, chemist Raychelle Burks, and geologist Jane Willenbring lead viewers on a journey deep into their own experiences in the sciences, ranging from brutal harassment to years of subtle slights. Along the way, from cramped laboratories to spectacular field stations, we encounter scientific luminaries - including social scientists, neuroscientists, and psychologists - who provide new perspectives on how to make science itself more diverse, equitable, and open to all.
“Much like in filmmaking, female scientists have had a long struggle for equality,” said Kathryn Tucker, Executive Director of ACS. “Progress has certainly been made, but there’s work still to be done. Telling the stories of these accomplished scientists and what they have overcome is a way to help the pendulum swing in the right direction.”
About Science on Screen®
The Coolidge Corner Theatre's Science on Screen® series has enhanced film and scientific literacy with this popular program, which launched at the Coolidge in 2005. In partnership with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and its pioneering nationwide film program, the Coolidge has expanded Science on Screen to 86 cinemas nationwide.
About the Arkansas Cinema Society
ACS is a non-profit committed to building a film community in Arkansas where film lovers can watch films, share ideas, connect with each other, and nurture the new and existing film talent within our state through increased exposure to filmmakers and their art. Those interested in supporting ACS can visit their website at www.arkansascinemasociety.org. Memberships are available to purchase for $50 for anyone that loves films or wants to make more of them. With the membership you are not only supporting the mission of the non-profit, but you’ll receive access to educational videos, early access to ticket sales, access to members-only events, movie swag, and more.
At the ACS, we believe that if we provide filmmakers an arena to exhibit their talents, and film enthusiasts a healthy diet of quality programming, we can inspire more Arkansans to make and watch more films. By supporting filmmakers, festivals, theaters and young people interested in filmmaking throughout the state, we hope to create statewide network, pool Arkansas’s resources and be an umbrella organization that feeds all things film. We believe a rising tide lifts all boats.
To be a filmmaker, we have to connect to create. A painter needs a brush, paint and a canvas. A director needs a writer, a cinematographer, a sound mixer, production designer, editor, actors, distributors, and an audience. We cannot do it alone. This art form forces one to collaborate and thus, creates jobs. Filmmaking is unique in the arts in this way. It takes an army.