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Athena Cinema to Take Part in National Evening of “Science on Screen”

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The Athena Cinema will take part in the second annual National Evening of Science on Screen on Monday, March 16.

Twenty-two independent theaters in cities across the country will participate in this event, which will feature a short introductory video, followed by a unique film and speaker presentation at each venue as part of its Science on Screen program.

The Athena Cinema will screen American Hustle with an introduction by Dr. Faizul Huq, beginning at 7 p.m.

Dr. Huq will be giving a talk on “The Science of the Scene.” As Professor of Operations Management at Ohio University’s College of Business, Dr. Huq’s work focuses on the logistics, structure and quantitative analysis of project management.

He will shed light on his work through the breakdown of a single movie scene in American Hustle. He will also give a brief background and history of the ABSCAM sting, on which the film is based.

With Science on Screen, theaters pair a variety of films with science and technology experts. Each film serves as a jumping-off point for the expert speaker to explore a related scientific or technological topic in a way that engages general audiences – from time perception in Inception to the theoretical neurobiology of the zombies in The Night of the Living Dead.

This program began in 2005 at Coolidge Corner Theatre in Boston, Massachusetts, and has since expanded to other independent cinemas through a national grant initiative funded by the prestigious Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and administered by the Coolidge.

The Athena Cinema was among only 23 cinemas to receive a Science on Screen grant in 2014, 2013 and 2012.

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