Athena Cinema Kicks Off Science on Screen® with Nov. 5 Screening of ‘Juno’

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The Athena Cinema announces its receipt of a generous award from the Coolidge Corner Theatre and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation of $6,000 in support of its 2019 – 2020 Science on Screen® event series, opening with The Science of Contraception on November 5, 2019 at 7 p.m. The free screening will present 2007 award-winning comedy and feature film, “Juno” with a pre-show talk by special guest, Dr. Jane Balbo, Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Science on Screen® began in 2012 as a series with the aim of pairing feature films and documentaries with acclaimed scientific experts and technological innovators. Science on Screen® events are relative and engaging, offering dynamic speakers and industry-specific subject matter experts in an unexpected and often unplugged platform in a way that is accessible to a diverse audience. The Athena is one of only three theaters in the nation who have hosted Science on Screen for eight seasons.

“We are excited to participate in our 8th season of Science on Screen. This program celebrates interdisciplinary collaborations in our community and highlights connections to science in creative and unexpected ways” said Alexandra Kamody, Director of the Athena Cinema.

Science on Screen® grantee theaters run three or more Science on Screen events per year, creatively pairing screenings of classic, cult, science fiction, and documentary films with presentations by notable experts from the industry of science and technology. Each film serves as a starting point for the speaker to introduce current research or technological advances in an engaging and way that engages general audiences. The grant is funded by the Sloan Foundation’s Program for Public Understanding of Science, Technology & Economics and administered by the Coolidge Corner Theatre, the celebrated Massachusetts art-house cinema that launched the Science on Screen format in 2005.

The Athena Cinema will announce additional Science on Screen® events as they develop throughout the year. Tickets are free of charge. For more information, please visit: and tag social media posting and follow along with @ScienceOnScreen and @AthenaCinema on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!