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Imagine Science Film Festival @ The New School

Imagine Science Film Festival @ The New School

Various locations, see description
General Public 

Imagine Science Film Festival (ISFF) was created in the hybridization of art and science and mixing subjects, genres, and even fact and fiction. Not surprisingly, as ISFF celebrates its Tenth Anniversary, the theme of the the Festival is “HYBRID.”  From October 13th to October  20th, we invite you to explore transgenics, cybernetics, and interdisciplinary cross-pollination through film screenings, panels, labs, and other events that seek new recombinatory forms of the future. 

October 13th, Opening Night, kicks off the festival and hosts 10 visionary Chimera Experiments, involving collaboration between scientists and filmmakers. Filmmakers will be in attendance for these 10 premieres and host an open discussion with the public. Over the course of the week, other events will take place across the city, and we encourage you to review the entire schedule.

For those interested in submitting a film to the festival: Submissions are open through August 15. 

All events are free for New School students with I.D. Students must register on ISFF's Eventbrite. Use offer code IMAGINENEWSCH. Please note that this code will provide free admission to most events, but not those located at Rubin Art Museum, American Museum of Natural History, National Sawdust, and Caveat. (Prices for those four venues will range from $8.00-$20.00 per event.)

Those registered for the 1-credit Imagine Science Films: Art, Science, and Culture course will have seats reserved for Friday opening night but will need to register for the other screenings and events using the ISFF site.

Festival Programming:

Friday October 13: Opening Night: Chimera Experiments
With pre and post-filming socializing in the University Center Cafe, Film in Tishman Auditorium, 63 5th Avenue

Saturday October 14:  Imagine Science Film Festival Market Day 
1pm-4pm, Wollman Hall, 65 West 11th Street, ISF Market Day
Film distributors and filmmakers provide the nuts and bolts of developing, shooting, and distributing interdisciplinary films that incorporate science providing rapid fire talks followed by Q&A and mingling. Guest speakers and tables will include Science/AAAS, Nautilus, Aeon, HHMI, Science Friday, Labocine and many more. Come prepared to ask questions and network. And don't forget your business cards! For more information, visit the ISF Market Day event page.

Saturday October 14: Film Screening Shorts (see schedule)   
1-3pm; 3-5pm, Room L104, University Center, 63 5th Avenue  

Saturday October 14 and Sunday October 15: Science+Art+Design Lab Workshop: GMOs, Creating Hybrids
Create living, genetically modified organisms by introducing jellyfish DNA into E. coli. We will discuss the theory, techniques, and ethics of genetic modification and examine how artists use man's manipulation of nature to create hybrid organisms and provocative artworks that urge us to consider practices and policies surrounding GMOs. NOTE: Attendance at both sessions is REQUIRED. To RSVP, scroll through the registration form to October dates. Confirmation will be requested one week prior via email from A waitlist will be created and we will reopen seats one week prior if space permits. 

Sunday October 15: Film Screening Shorts
1-3pm; 3-5pm Kellen Auditorium, first floor of Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, 66 5th Avenue

Monday October 16: The SYMBIOSIS Film Competition 
7:00pm Bowery Poetry Club. SYMBIOSIS challenges 6 team pairs comprised of both scientists and filmmakers to write, shoot, edit, and score  a short film in just 1 week. See Guidelines and schedule. 

For a full schedule of films and activities, see the Imagine Science Film Festival Site and RSVP via Eventbrite. Check back in late August or early September for the festival's Eventbrite.

Sponsored by Imagine Science Films and the Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at The New School's Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts.

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