SCIENCE AND STORY ON SCREEN: THE IMITATION GAME

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DATE: Wednesday, November 19, 2014
TIME: 6:30 PM-9:30 PM
VENUE: Museum of the Moving Image
MODERATOR: Faith Salie
PARTICIPANTS: Janna Levin, Graham Moore

The World Science Festival, in collaboration with the Museum of the Moving Image, invites you to a special preview screening of The Imitation Game, one of the year’s most eagerly anticipated films.

Mathematician and cryptanalyst Alan Turing—aided by a colorful group of scholars, linguists, chess champions, and intelligence officers—is credited with cracking the previously unbreakable codes of Germany’s Enigma machine during World War II. Turing was a pioneer of modern computing who also led a tortured personal life, and was arrested after the war for homosexuality.

Benedict Cumberbatch portrays Alan Turing; Keira Knightley co-stars.

The screening will be followed by a discussion with the film’s screenwriter Graham Moore, along with physicist and author Janna Levin (A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines). Journalist Faith Salie will moderate the conversation.

DCP courtesy of the Weinstein Company.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for students.

World Science Festival’s “Science and Story” series gathers the world’s foremost writers and thinkers to discuss how they craft stories that bring the vitality and wonder of science to life.

This program is supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation as part of its Public Understanding of Science and Technology Initiative.

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Moderator

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Author, Journalist, Comedian

Faith Salie is an Emmy-winning contributor to CBS News Sunday Morning and a panelist on NPR’s Wait Wait . . . Don’t Tell Me! Her first book, Approval Junkie, was just published by Crown and chronicles her meaningful/embarrassing lifelong quest for validation. She is a host of the PBS and CUNY.org show, Science Goes to the Movies. Salie is a Rhodes scholar whose classmates went on to become governors and Pulitzer Prize winners, while she landed on a Star Trek collectible trading card worth hundreds of cents.

 

 

Participants

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Physicist

Janna Levin is a professor of physics and astronomy at Barnard College of Columbia University and the author of Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space. She is also director of sciences at Pioneer Works, a center for arts and sciences in Brooklyn, and has contributed to an understanding of black holes, the cosmology of extra dimensions, and gravitational waves in the shape of spacetime. Her previous books include How the Universe Got Its Spots and a novel, A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines, which won the PEN/Bingham Prize. She was recently named a Guggenheim fellow.

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Screenwriter, Author

Graham Moore is a screenwriter and author, best known for his New York Times best-selling debut novel The Sherlockian, published in 2010. The Alan Turing biopic The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and based upon an adapted screenplay by Moore was released in November 2014. Moore is currently writing the screenplay for the film adaption of The Devil in the White City, starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Moore attended Columbia University and worked as a sound engineer in the music business before becoming a full-time writer.

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