New York Women in Film & Television is proud to present the Science in Motion Screening Series in partnership with the Brooklyn Academy of Music, a collection of groundbreaking contemporary films that delve into science and technology in the modern world. These urgent documentaries and empowering fictions take us from the depths of outer space to the on-the-ground action of a Hasidic women-run ambulance corps and beyond. Filmmaker Q&As will follow each screening.
The films will play Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at BAM’s Peter J. Sharp Building February 6 through March 12, 2024. The program is free and open to the public, presented in partnership with the National Science Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.
“Since early childhood I have been fascinated by the intersection of STEM and the media, exploring how film can expose us to all of the innovations science has to offer,” said NYWIFT CEO Cynthia Lopez. “We at NYWIFT are thrilled to offer this remarkable roster of films with the New York City community, and we appreciate the partnership of BAM, the NSF, and the NEA for helping to bring this series to lift off.”
“BAM is thrilled to partner with NYWIFT to spotlight these extraordinary and groundbreaking films,” said BAM director, film program and strategy Jesse Trussell. “We've long admired the work done by NYWIFT and are excited by this new collaboration to bring work at the cutting edge of science and art to our screens in Brooklyn.”
The program will include:
Tuesday, February 6: To the End
Stopping the climate crisis is a question of political courage, and the clock is ticking. Over three years of turbulence and crisis, four young women fight for a Green New Deal, and ignite a historic shift in U.S. climate politics. Q&A with director Rachel Lears.
Tuesday, February 13: Space: The Longest Goodbye
Training for a Mars mission, daring astronauts work with a NASA psychologist to cope with space isolation in this Sundance-premiering documentary. Q&A with director Ido Mizrahy, producer Valda Witt, and astronaut Cady Coleman.
Tuesday, February 20: My Love Affair with Marriage
A young, spirited woman, Zelma, is determined to conform to the pressures of singing Mythology Sirens in order to be loved, but the more she conforms, the more her body resists. A story of inner female rebellion. Q&A with director and animator Signe Baumane.
Tuesday, February 27: Every Body
Focuses on three individuals who overcame shame, secrecy, and unauthorized surgery throughout their childhoods to enjoy successful adulthoods. Choosing to ignore medical advice to conceal their bodies and coming out as who they truly were. Q&A with director Julie Cohen.
Tuesday, March 5: 93Queen
A group of tenacious Hasidic women in Brooklyn take matters into their own hands to change their own community from within, smashing the community patriarchy by creating the first all-female volunteer ambulance corps in New York City. Q&A with director Paula Eiselt.
Tuesday, March 12: Chilly & Milly and Over-Flow
A presentation of two short films. Chilly & Milly explores the director's father's chronic health problems as a diabetic with kidney failure, and his mother's role as his caretaker. Over-Flow is a firsthand account, from a first-generation American Trinidadian filmmaker, of the devastation from overbank floods and flash floods in the twin-island Caribbean nation. Q&A with directors William D. Caballero and Elizabeth Ramjit.
Learn more and register at www.nywift.org/science-in-motion.