Contact screening at Alamo Drafthouse

Public talks

Tags: Jill Tarter, Outreach, SETI

Time: Monday, Aug 20, 2018 -

Location: Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, San Francisco, CA

Big Screen Science: Contact

Many sci-fi films firmly put the fiction in place before science but that's not the case with CONTACT. Join Kishore Hari (@sciencequiche), Jeff Silverman (@J_M_Silverman), and special guest (and inspiration for the movie’s protagonist) Jill Tarter of the SETI Institute as we talk about the making of the film and the accuracy of the science it portrays. How do astronomers search for extraterrestrial life and how likely is it that aliens will contact us? How many Earth-like planets are in our Milky Way Galaxy? Where the heck is the Vega star system?


Robert Zemeckis’ epic adaptation of Carl Sagan's revered novel CONTACT stars Jodie Foster as Dr. Ellie Arroway, a radio astronomer racing to interpret a possible message originating from the Vega star system. Once firstcontact with an extraterrestrial intelligence is proven, Arroway contends with restrictive government officials and religious fanatics bent on containing the implications of such an event. An incredible message is found hidden in the signal, but will Arroway be the one to answer its call?

About Big Screen Science

Big Screen Science is a monthly series exploring the awesome science behind your favorite movies. We'll explore what's right, what's wrong, and why the scientist always seems to be the first one to die in so many films. Get ready for a way-too-deep dive into the science - from the physics of spaceflight to the biology of vampires and everything in between. No movie is off limits - cult faves, Hollywood blockbusters, hidden gems. Look for surprise guest scientists and embarrassing science-themed costumes. Hosted by science communicator Kishore Hari and astrophysicist Jeff Silverman. Making movies better with science!

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