Athena Cinema To Host Science-Themed Film Series

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On this edition of Conversations from Studio B, Kelee Riesbeck talks with Athena Cinema Managing Director Alexandra Kamody and Dr. Molly Morris of the Department of Biological Sciences at Ohio University.

The trio discuss the Athena Cinema's latest film series, "Science on Screen," a project of the Coolidge Corner Theatre and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

The first film in a planned series of four will be screened on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. The event will be free and open to the public.

"'Science on Screen' is a great program with the aim of changing the reputation of science as a dry, boring subject," said Kamody. "These film/speaker pairings will show that science is fun, exciting and can be accessible to anyone."

On Wednesday, the Athena will screen the satirical science fiction comedy Idiocracy from director Mike Judge, creator of King of the Hill and Beavis and Butt-Head.

The film follows a man of average intelligence (Luke Wilson) who, as part of a Pentagon hibernation experiment, has been asleep for 500 years. Upon awakening, he discovers a civilization full of extremely dumb people and that he is now the smartest man on Earth.

After the screening, Dr. Morris will explore how evolution by natural selection could produce a human race of idiots. The presentation will feature some of her current research on how mate preferences are important in evolution, as well as some hypotheses on why the human brain has been getting smaller over the past 20,000 years.

The Athena was one of 20 non-profit cinemas nationwide selected for this prestigious program. According to the Sloan Foundation, "Science on Screen" is a "program that creatively pairs screenings of feature films and documentaries with lively presentations by scientific experts and technological innovators."

"Expect the unexpected at these events," said Kamody, "This program fits perfectly with our model to offer more 'film-plus' programming."

For more information about "Science on Screen," visit