October 18, 2016

9th Imagine Science Film Festival

by Eric Dillalogue

In a world where movies about scientific theory are as popular as those about aliens and sharks, the Imagine Science Films is bridging the divide between art and science via film. Well, maybe these films aren’t as popular as sharks in tornadoes or aliens destroying cities, but the 9th annual Imagine Science Film Festival is full of interesting, and informative, films.

Currently in the middle of its week-long run, the festival is taking place at venues throughout New York City. To give you an idea of what “science film” entails, here is a small selection of the subjects being screened:


There are also many more intriguing films that range from documentaries to “scientific” fiction to experimental pieces, all blending scientific thought with the power of video screens.  As the Director of Programming, Nate Dorr, notes:

The Imagine Science Film Festival, now more than ever, exists as a conversation between scientists, filmmakers, and artists to explore the latest scientific advances and theories in unique and thought-provoking ways. The theme for this year’s festival is LIGHT, but light has always been at the heart of what we do — from the methods of scientific observation to the medium of film itself. This year we’ll be exploring those connections even more deeply.

In addition to full-length films, there are several shorts that showcase science research from around the world. For example, here is short from Andrew Zwicker at the Princeton Plasma Physics Lab called Order out of Chaos. It depicts silica dust particles swirling in a vacuum chamber of argon gas.

And here is Octavia Mondragon’s short Bacterial Wave, recording the fluorescent oscillations in a bacterial population.

To learn more:


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Eric Dillalogue holds a MS in Library and Information Science and a BA in English. He has worked in a variety of roles from service industry management, academic libraries, and grant administration. He has taught courses on information literacy, web research, and developmental reading. Eric joined the Visionlearning team as a project manager in 2014.

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