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Curious Film: UCD Science Expression to host pop up cinema

Friday, 18 July, 2014 


UCD Science Expression: Curious Film

UCD Science Expression: Curious Film

UCD Science Expression an initiative of UCD Research part funded by the Programme for Research in Third Level Institutions (PRTLI) is Ireland's first and only dedicated science film festival. On Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th of July, UCD Science Expression in partnership with The Festival of Curiosity will be screening some of the most innovative short films exploring science from around the globe including GE FOCUS FORWARD - Short Films, Big Ideas.The programme is delivered in partnership with The Festival of Curiosity and supported by Dublin City Council. It will be screened in Ireland’s only inflatable cinema in The National Botanic Gardens. Screenings start at 12pm on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th July with the last screening at 5pm each day. Admission is free.More information available about the programme is available here.

Programme of Events

FACES OF RESEARCH

UCD Faces of Research is a video that asks, what is research? It gets inside the minds of leading researchers to understand what academic research means to them and why it is important.

 

THE ANIMATED LIFE OF A.R. WALLACE

Directed and Produced by: Flora Lichtman & Sharon Shattuck

This paper puppet video celebrates the life of Alfred Russel Wallace, who is co-credited, along with Charles Darwin, with conceptualizing the theory of natural selection.

ARTIFICIAL LEAF

Directed by: Jared P Scott & Kelly Nyks

Dan Nocera has a simple formula to save the planet: sunlight + water = energy for the world.

DO YOU KNOW WHAT NANO MEANS?

Artist: Daniel Gies  Produced by: Science Alberta Foundation

Nano may mean small, very small, but when it comes to making your body work it is big, very big. If your fingernail is about one millimeter thick, and a nanometer is one millionth of a millimeter, you can imagine that there are a lot of nanomaterials making up that small space.

MUSHROOM MAN

Directed by: Leslie Iwerks

This is the story of how mushrooms can save the world! Renowned mycologist and mushroom pioneer Paul Stamets harnesses the power of infamous fungi to fight the planet’s leading problems, from developing cures for cancer to destroying toxic radioactive waste.

18 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT GENETICS

Directed by: David Murawsky

This film presents fundamental background information about genetics, as well as offering some quirky but interesting facts about DNA, genes and genetics.

MEET THE LAMPYRIDAE

Written by: Siouxsie Wiles & John Meredith  Animated by: Luke Harris Graphics

Learn a little about the amazing firefly and how it is helping scientists in the battle against some of the world's nastiest microbes.

SPEAKING WITH LIGHT

Directed by: Alex Gibney

Dr Edie Widder takes us on a journey deep under the sea. She’s used pioneering research with bioluminescent sea creatures to help us shine a light on the levels of pollution we’re producing above the ground. Edie’s love of the sea - and the simplicity of good science - shine through this journey of wonder.

THE SANCTITY OF SPORT

Directed by: David Quin

A comedic look at the history of performance in sport. A collaboration with Dr Tara Magdalinski who is a lecturer at the UCD School Of Public Health, Physiotherapy & Population Science and animation students at The National Film School , IADT.

THE SECRET OF TREES

Directed by: Albert Maysles

What do trees know that we don't? 13-year-old inventor Aidan realized that trees use a mathematical formula to gather sunlight in crowded forests. Then he wondered why we don’t collect solar energy in the same way.

About UCD Science Expression

Since 2012 UCD Science Expression, as Ireland’s first and only public engagement programme dedicated to science films; has been showcasing some of the world’s most exciting filmmaking at over 48 festivals and screenings around the country.

Involving partners across science and cultural sectors UCD Science Expression enhances public understanding of issues in science & society through debate, cultural activities and engagement. Festival partners and supporters have included, Science Foundation Ireland, Dublin City Council, The Arts Council, GOOGLE, UN Decade on Biodiversity, The National Film School, IADT, Veolia, Festival of Curiosity, The Ark, The National Botanic Gardens, Lighthouse Cinema, IFI, Temple Bar Cultural Trust, Film Base, Happenings, Le Cool, Geological Survey Ireland, CINEGLOBE at CERN and the General Electric programme GE Focus Forward Short, Films Big Ideas.