Science on Screen: “Aatsinki: The Story of Arctic Cowboys”

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  • Date: Nov 9th, 2017
    Time: 7:00pm

“The Cowboy Life: From the Arctic Circle to the High Plains”
A film, agricultural science talk, and panel discussion
Thursday, November 9th @ 7 p.m. (*note earlier start time*)

This film-and-discussion event at the historic Midwest Theater in Scottsbluff is a part of the national Science on Screen program supported by The Coolidge Corner Theater and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The goal of the Science on Screen series is to increase science literacy by creatively pairing screenings of classic, cult, science fiction, and documentary films with lively presentations by notable experts from the world of science and technology. Each film is used as a jumping-off point for a speaker to introduce current research or technological advances in a manner that engages popular culture audiences. For more information about Science on Screen, visit ScienceOnScreen.org .

Because agriculture is such an important part of the culture and economy of western Nebraska, the Midwest Theater chose to focus on agricultural science and agricultural science careers for the three films in its 2017-2018 Science on Screen series. Event partners include the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Panhandle Research and Extension Center and Western Nebraska Community College. The event is free, but donations will be accepted for the Scottsbluff-Gering Chamber of Commerce Agribusiness Committee scholarship fund.

“Aatsinki: The Story of Arctic Cowboys”
One year in the life of a family of reindeer herders in Finnish Lapland. A study of hard work, hard earned leisure, and an intricate bond between man and nature. The reindeer herding depicted in the film has parallels to cattle ranch operations in western Nebraska. University of Nebraska-Lincoln Rangeland Ecologist Walter Schacht will present a 20-minute talk on his research and how it relates to the film. A fun addition to this screening will be the presence of live reindeer from Stable Productions. A panel discussion after the film will feature Walter Schacht, filmmaker Jessica Oreck, Sandhills rancher Tom Sanders, Chadron State College Emeritus rangeland scientist, and reindeer rancher Philip Licking.

Support for this program comes from The Coolidge Corner Theater with major support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Panhandle Research and Extension Center, Western Nebraska Community College, Farm Credit Services of America, Walther Farms, Trail Animal Clinic, Kelley Bean Company, the Nebraska Arts Council and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment.

Future events in the Science on Screen series include:
Flying Farmhands: The Future of Drone Technology in Agriculture, featuring the film “Interstellar” on January 25, 2018 at 7 p.m.
Weather Variability and Future Careers in Agriculture, featuring the film “Future Weather” on March 15, 2018.