Nerd Night #44: Contact

Nerd Night:  Contact (Special 2021 EPSF) Movie Night

Wednesday, September 22nd @ 6:30 pm


Join us to watch “Contact” (1997), a film that takes place at the intersection of science, politics and faith. Considered a daring work by critics, this studio film, based on the best-selling novel by Carl Sagan, weighs notions of faith-based thinking in a science-fiction tale following humanity’s first contact with an extra-terrestrial intelligence. Guest Speakers include Dr. Andrew Maynard, Associate Dean for Curricula and Student Success, College of Global Futures, Arizona State University and representatives from the Very Large Array in Socorro New Mexico.

Kick-back and enjoy a classic film at the Alamo Drafthouse with commentary from leading experts, and enjoy a special event drink crafted by our partners from Alamo Drafthouse. This event is part of the week-long El Paso Space Festival. For more information about the 2021 El Paso Space Festival, please visit our EPSF Webpage.

About Our Special Guests:

Dr. Andrew Maynard is a scientist, writer, broadcaster, and professor in Arizona State University’s College of Global Futures where he studies the future and how our actions influence it. His most recent books include “Films from the Future: The Technology and Morality of Sci-Fi Movies” where he explores the ethical development and use of new technologies through science fiction movies. His reader’s guide provides an introduction to each chapter, including “Contact”: “Contact beautifully captures the passion and thrill of what it’s like to be a scientist and to do science. But it’s also a revealing study of the intertwined relationship between science and belief. Watch the film for the way it gets under the skin of sometimes-misguided ideas about science and belief, and reveals how the discipline of science, when combined with our passions and beliefs, elevates who we are”. Learn more about Dr. Maynard HERE

The Very Large Array is one of the world’s premier astronomical radio observatories. It consists of 27 radio antennas in a Y-shaped configuration on the Plains of San Agustin fifty miles west of Socorro, New Mexico. Each antenna is 25 meters (82 feet) in diameter. The data from the antennas is combined electronically to give the resolution of an antenna 36 km (22 miles) across, with the equivalent sensitivity of a dish 130 meters (422 feet) in diameter. For more information about the VLA visit: HERE

Where:  Alamo Drafthouse Cinema East

12351 Pellicano Dr, El Paso, TX 79928

When: September 22, 2021

Doors open at 5:30pm
Movie will begin at 6:30pm
Discussions and Q&A til 9:30pm

** We will be adhering to Alamo Drafthouse’s Covid 19 Response Policy and we encourage you to do the same.

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