$6.99 | Documentary | 1 hour 37 minutes

Rosendale Theatre Joins National Virtual Theatrical Premiere of Picture a Scientist

Picture a Scientist will launch on June 12th and will show through June 18 through the Rosendale Theatre’s link to the full film online as part of the new virtual cinema movement.

The independent documentary follows a groundswell of researchers who are writing a new chapter for women scientists. Picture a Scientist Featuring geologist Jane Willenbring, chemist Raychelle Burks, and biologist Nancy Hopkins, as well as key social scientists working to understand and reduce gender bias in the sciences, Picture a Scientist brings diversity in science into sharp view at a critical time.

The current pandemic is a call to action for scientists to work together globally, with a multitude of different perspectives, to defeat COVID-19. For too long, women and minorities in science have been left out or driven out, stymied by a system of harassment, discrimination, and general bias. “Any impediment to advancing minorities in science is an impediment to science itself,” says Sharon Shattuck, co-director of Picture a Scientist.

Scheduled to premiere at the postponed 2020 Tribeca Film Festival, Picture a Scientist paints a nuanced, emotional but unflinching portrait of the struggles women in science have faced, in recent decades up to today. The film challenges audiences of all backgrounds and genders to question their own implicit biases and move toward change.

The film’s directors Ian Cheney and Sharon Shattuck, along with the film’s three star scientists, will participate in a virtual Q&A on June 17th made available through the Coolidge Corner Theater in Massachusetts. Radiolab producer and guest host Molly Webster will moderate the discussion. The virtual launch will kick off community screenings, and a series of online conversations with scientists worldwide.

The film has major funding from the Heising-Simons Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. It is also part of Sloan’s long-term Science on Screen partnership with the Coolidge Corner Theater and the first national virtual cinema theatrical release by a Science on Screen participant. The film was Executive Produced by Amy Brand.

“As we see today, science requires constantly challenging our own assumptions,” Shattuck says. “And that must be true not only for the discoveries and breakthroughs but also for the people who are encouraged to make them.”

The Rosendale Theatre is able to offer the film as part of our Science on Screen series. We will also provide the link to the online discussion on June 17. The movie runs from June 12-18.

Science on Screen is an initiative of the Coolidge Corner Theatre with major support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

The Rosendale Theatre presents PICTURE A SCIENTIST from Uprising LLC on Vimeo.