Science Fair Screening & Q+A at JBFC w/ Dr. Serena McCalla, Featured in Documentary & Local NYer


Moviegoers will feel the kinetic energy building on the screen as The Jacob Burns Film Center (JBFC), a nonprofit cultural arts center and one of the most successful suburban film houses in the country, launches its inaugural Inquiry: Science on Film seriesWednesday evening, October 10 at 7:00 PM with the screening of the new documentary Science Fair.

Inquiry: Science on Film is a new series of current and classic documentary films featuring intimate conversations with experts from the wonderful world of science, a series made possible by generous JBFC supporters Northern Westchester Hospital and Phelps Hospital, proud members of Northwell Health.

Opening to rave reviews, the documentary follows nine high school students around the world as they channel their inner “Bill Nye” to compete in the International Science and Engineering Fair. Cultivating innovative ideas and overcoming beakers and barriers along the way, these typical teenagers hope to change the world and shape the future. Winner of the Audience Award at Sundance and SXSW, the film also has a deeply personal connection to the New York metropolitan region.

A “Science Experiment” with Jacob Burns Film Center: Kicking Off New Inquiry: Science on Film Series with Screening of DocumentaryScience Fair on October 10

Following the screening, JBFC will host a special Q&A with Dr. Serena McCalla, a Long Island science teacher and one of the key subjects of the documentary, whose passion for science and learning inspires her students in turn. Known for her intense yet inspiring style, McCalla commands the respect of her diverse team of students from Jericho High School, turning them into one of the best science fair teams in the world.

“We look forward to October 10 not only for our screening of Science Fair, but also because the event marks the launch of our new series Inquiry: Science on Film. Thanks to the generous support of Mount Kisco’s Northern Westchester Hospital and Sleepy Hollow’s Phelps Hospital, the JBFC is now excited to offer year-round screenings of new documentary films enhanced by conversations with speakers from the world of science, medicine, mathematics, and technology,” said Brian Ackerman, Founding Director of Programming at the Jacob Burns Film Center.

Tickets for opening night are priced at $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers; advance tickets can be purchased here.

In addition to Inquiry: Science on Film,  Northern Westchester Hospital and Phelps Hospital also support JBFC’s Creative Culture, a fellowship and residency program that provides important mentorship, resources, and production support to the film community both locally and nationally to help mold the next generation of visual storytellers.  Thanks to the sponsorship support, JBFC established a Northwell Health and Wellness Fellowship for the current semester.

For more information on JBFC and its fall programming, which includes Jonathan Demme’s Rarely Seen Cinema: Jenny Lumet Selects, Contemporary Arab Cinema, and much more, please visit, FB: @JacobBurnsFilmCenter, Twitter: @JBFC_ny and Instagram:@JBFC_pville.

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