Science on Screen® Water, Agriculture, People & Change

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  • Date: Apr 4th, 2019
    Time: 7:30pm

Science on Screen® Water, Agriculture, People & Change

WHAT: FREE* Science on Screen film-and-discussion
WHEN: Thurs., Apr. 4 at 7:30 p.m.
The event is FREE*, but freewill donations are welcomed.
Everyone is eligible to win a door prize!

The 2018-2019 Science on Screen film-and-discussion series continues at the Midwest Theater on Thurs., Apr. 4, with “Water, Agriculture, People & Change.” 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.

Weston Eaton – Assistant Research Professor in the Penn State Agricultural Economics, Sociology and Education Department – will talk about his research on community and stakeholder engagement to help address water quantity and quality issues in agricultural contexts. Eaton will link his discussion with the evening’s feature film, the 2008 science fiction film “Sleep Dealer.”

Weston M. Eaton is an Assistant Research Professor in the Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education Department at Penn State. He leads the Socio-Behavioral Research Team with the USDA NIFA grant “Securing Water for and from Agriculture through Effective Community and Stakeholder Engagement.” Wes’ research investigates public responses to emerging technologies, roles played by experts and expertise in energy and agricultural technology transitions, and improving engagement across experts and publics.

Sleep Dealer
In the year it was released, “Sleep Dealer” won the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and the Amnesty International Film Prize at the Berlin International Film Festival, among other awards.

Film synopsis: Memo Cruz (Luis Fernando Peña) is a young man in near-future Mexico. When his family is victim of a misguided drone attack he finds himself with no option but to head north, towards the U.S./Mexico border. But migrant workers cannot cross this new world border – it’s been sealed off. Instead, Memo ends up in a strange digital factory in Mexico where he connects his body to a robot in America. Memo’s search for a better future leads him to love, loss, and a confrontation with a mysterious figure from his past.
Film rating: PG-13
Film run time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Film is in Spanish with English subtitles

This event is open to the public, and admission is FREE, thanks to event sponsors and partners, including the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Panhandle Research and Extension Center, Scotts Bluff County Farm Bureau, WyoBraska Gives donors, North Platte Natural Resources District, Nebraska Arts Council, and Nebraska Cultural Endowment. Science on Screen is an initiative of the Coolidge Corner Theatre with major support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

For more information, visit the Midwest Theater website or call 308-632-4311.

Legacy of the Plains Museum is collaborating with the student educational portion of this event, in conjunction with its special Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibit “Water/Ways,” on display through April 12.