27 мая на втором «Научном понедельнике» в РИА Новости зрители увидели фильм «Подключи и молись» немецкого режиссера Йенса Шанце.
A special show of CHASING ICE, a film by American director Jeff Orlowski, written by Mark Monroe, is the first event of the Science Monday club organized by the 360o Contemporary Science Film Festival in cooperation with RIA Novosti.
Программный директор Фестиваля 360° Ирина Белых вошла в состав жюри старейшего фестиваля научного кино Academia Film Olomuc. 48 фестиваль Academia Film Olomuc проходит с 16 по 21 апреля в городе Оломуц (Чехия).
The 3d Contemporary Science Film Festival will be held in Moscow on October 10 – 17. Applications are accepted until July 15, 2013. Full-length documentaries about science, people who dedicated themselves to science, real and potential scientific research objects and the role of science in the society are eligible for the competition.
On February 15 in International multimedia RIA Novosti press-centre the awarding National awards ceremony in Public Relations development area was held. In the category “The best project in the area of scientific achievements and innovations” the Polytechnic Museum with the project “Contemporary science film festival 360°: a film festival as a way to gather people holding the same views and to reshape scientific content” became a prize winner.
From November 22 to November 24 Contemporary science film festival 360° holds guest screenings at Siberia Robotics Festival in Krasnoyarsk in Cinema House.
More than 4,500 viewers visited Contemporary science film festival 360° events from October 30 to November 5 in Voronezh. As part of the Festival 18 science films were demonstrated, leading Russian scientists and experts delivered 8 lectures, a special program for children was held. Evening screenings were presented to the Festival experts and were accompanied by discussion of the films with the audience.
Moscow 2012 program will be presented there as well as a few films demonstrated in other time. The festival is organized by State Polytechnic Museum and Voronezh educational “Repnoye” school project with the support of Voronezh Region Administration. Some time before that “Repnoye” school acted as discussion partner of Contemporary science festival 360°, which was held in Moscow from October 10 to October 17, 2012.
On October 25 Saint Petersburg will see guest screening of Contemporary science film festival in the modern art museum “Erarta”. The festival will present the film “The Light Bulb Conspiracy” which tells about the bulb as a symbol of planned obsolescence.
On October 17, in the last film screening day jury session of II Contemporary science film festival 360° was held. The jury chaired by Viktor Kosakovsky consisted of Oleg Genisaretsky, Vera Kritchevskaya and Vincent Lami. By voting the jury selected the film which was awarded with the Grand Prix of the Festival. Also they chose the film marked with the special jury prize. The intrigue was kept before official closing ceremony held that night.
Jillian Tett, an assistant editor of the Financial times, tells in her interview for “Four Horsemen” about the hollywoodization of our notions about everything including news. We imagine any news story as a show with the main character, culmination and dénouement. But in the case of the world financial crisis this doesn’t work. The crisis doesn’t have a character though it certainly feels like accusing the world banks in it, there wasn’t any culmination and it haven’t finished yet indeed. But the moral can be learnt from it – the system doesn’t work correctly. Director Ross Ashcroft also tried to give up the Hollywood methods in the “Four Horsemen”: no alarming episodes, no tragic off-screen voice, no scary stories bid fair to have the unhappy dénouement. His film resembles more a university lecture about what works incorrect and how to change it.
In this film it gets clear right away what party it supports. Here is the Tesla Motors CEO Elan Musk reviewing a very secret ground where the new Tesla electric cars are kept. This is the first order, an extremely expensive and new car, but the company doesn’t have enough means and the cars can’t be sent to the clients. Musk looks very nervous. "And this is mine” – an off-screen voice pipes in all of a sudden. The camera suddenly turns and we see the director of the film Chris Paine. He’s very confused – and very happy.
This all has started with Markus’s from Barcelona broken printer. He has taken it to the maintenance service and was said there it would cost him three times more to repair it then to buy a new one. They told him to buy new. And that was the moment he understood this all was a conspiracy. He surfed the Internet and found some Russian skillful men who explained him what to do and now his printer would work forever.
The only Russian film of the Basic program of the Festival has got there right from the Documentary Film Competition of the Moscow International Film Festival. It’s only fitting that Ekaterina Eremenko who had graduated from the faculty of Mechanics and Mathematics at the MSU and the specialized class of physics and mathematics at the school 91 before the Gerasimov Cinematography institute made a film about mathematicians. In the film science is represented by 6 leading world scientists who convert numbers into senses and back and find the formulas for feelings.
In 1973 a psychologist-behaviorist Herbert Terrace from the University of Columbia (in the film he is friendly called Herb) wanted to know if a chimpanzee could learn human language in the case it’s grown up among humans. This theory claims the language is inherent only in humans and grammar is built up in our genes.
This is the second full-length film by a Swiss director Martin Witz – the first his picture was the 90-minute film “Dutty der Riese” about the founder of the Migros trading network Gottlieb Duttweiler. The first film was awarded with the Zurich festival prize, the second one was nominated for the Swiss award. The both films are moderately patriotic: “Dutty” is about the Swiss capitalism with a human face, “Substance” is about the most well-known Swiss scientist of the last century. Here hundred-years-old Albert Hoffman is sitting on the background of the ages-old hills worn in the suite looking like borrowed from the characters of vintage filming of “Heidi” and discussing the mysticism of scientific experience – a chemist who invented LSD.
Keanu Reeves with a beard of different length all the time wanders around Hollywood and bothers respectful people like directors, cameramen and actors with the questions about film and digital cinema. He doesn’t want to know how cinema is made and what is the difference between the technologies because the off-screen voice will tell about it anyway.
In 1995, during the making of his TV series “Triumph of the Nerds” about the birth of the PC, techno journalist Bob Cringely did an hour-long interview with Steve Jobs. Then the footage has been lost somewhere but not long ago it was miraculously found in the editor’s garage. This footage is valuable first of all because of its rarity: we know Jobs as a wonderful speaker but he demonstrated his skills to the public exclusively at the new Apple production presentations usually not spoiling his time at TV interviews.
Ronald Wright's book «Short history of progress» this film is based upon isn't translated into Russian. But for example “Kluge: The Haphazard Construction of the Human mind» by Gary Markus who acts as an expert here is. Markus writes: human mind is such an imperfect construction it requires to be improved constantly. Wright carries on with the idea: a human is such an imperfect construction it isn't worth of progress. The fact we have learnt to produce complicated toys doesn't mean we are able to use them. And quite the contrary: like overhunting has destroyed mammoths over progress will destroy everything living.
One of the 360° contemporary science film festival goals is to demonstrate the ways for interaction of science and art. It’s obvious these films would provoke a plenty of questions in the audience. The Lectorium of the Polytechnic museum has invited scientists, researchers and experts to take part in the Festival communicating with the public every day, discussing the problems touched upon by the directors of the films.