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Event Highlight: Imagine Science Film Festival

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012 by

Things have returned more or less to normal here in NYC after the events of superstorm Sandy, and the indie film events have followed suit.  Despite the unexpected lack of final stretch prep time the Imagine Science Film Festival kicked off without a hitch last Thursday and continues its jam packed film slate through the next three days.  Tonight’s films screen at the Anthology Film Archives with three films, two international and one domestic:

abNormal | Barry Gibb | 31 min | United Kingdom | 2012
abNormal is an exploration and celebration of what it means to be normal. Examined through the eyes of several very different minds, with their own unique talents and perspectives, abNormal points a microscope at human behaviour, asking viewers to question their perceptions of others, and themselves. Beyond individuals, as society marches inevitably towards a suburban future, the film asks: Is society itself destined to slide into a bland state of normality – or are we instead threatening our mental health by the way we live our lives?

Everything is a RemixSystem Failure | Kirby Ferguson | 16 min | USA | 2012
Our system of law doesn’t acknowledge the derivative nature of creativity. Instead, ideas are regarded as property, as unique and original lots with distinct boundaries. But ideas aren’t so tidy. They’re layered, they’re interwoven, they’re tangled. And when the system conflicts with the reality… the system starts to fail.

Love, Hate, & Everything Else in Between | Alex Gabbay | 52 min | United Kingdom | 2012
Man’s capacity for kindness and compassion is overshadowed only by his ability to be as cruel and destructive. Can empathy resolve issues of aggression and subjugation, where wars, politics and economic sanctions have failed? Love Hate and Everything in Between looks into the world of neuroscience, psychology, education and technology to explore the extraordinary relevance of empathy in today’s increasingly interconnected world.

Anthology Film Archives | Manhattan
32 2nd Ave., New York, NY 10003

The 5th Annual Imagine Science Film Festival, November 8 – 16, 2012

With new events, panels, receptions, and the largest selection of science based films to date, the 5th Annual Imagine Science Film Festival promises to be an exciting week of films presenting scientific fact in compelling visual narrative. This year, the festival will present films that stimulate the synapses and the senses by exploring in the inner mind , the brain in all its states and the meaning of time. Full day programs will be devoted to avant-garde science bits, documentaries, footage from actual lab experiments, discussion about the meaning of dreams and kid-friendly science-based films. The Imagine Science Film Festival is first science film festival in the world founded by scientists. It aims to transform the way science and scientists are portrayed in mainstream media, while emphasizing the importance of storytelling, narrative structure, sand visual communication.

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