SCIENCE ON SCREEN: A Brief History of Time


Errol Morris’ definitive portrait of the legendary Professor Stephen Hawking returns in 35mm! After the screening, stick around for a Q&A with Stephon Alexander, a world-class astrophysicist specializing in cosmology, particle physics and quantum gravity. Q&A moderated by Claire Evans (editor-in-chief, OMNI Reboot.)

Taking its title from the bestselling book of the same name, this insightful portrait of the theoretical physicist, cosmologist, author and superstar Stephen Hawking focuses both on his groundbreaking scientific research, and on the crucial formative years of his extraordinary life. Spielberg recommended Errol Morris (Gates of Heaven, The Thin Blue Line) to direct this adaptation of Hawking’s work, and our galaxy is all the better for it, as few other documentaries have done as much to humanize the mysteries of infinity. Despite being given a brief life expectancy at age 21, Hawking has flourished for a half-century, triumphing over adversity while immortalizing himself in the fields of physics and cosmology with his theories on general relativity and the properties of black holes. Still, Morris finds a humble universality in his subject, illustrating how Hawking’s cool acceptance of the affliction (motor neuron disease) that ravaged his body seemingly re-focused his mind. Moving, inspirational and not yet on DVD.
Dir. Errol Morris, 1991, 35mm, 83 min.

Watch the Cinefamily’s original trailer for “A Brief History of Time”!
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