Science on Screen℠: Disaster Playground

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AtnBiPDDT50G3gVZnGFyGpAcNvDo98afFE7TuezMD50Welcome To the Real Armageddon!

Hollywood relies on Bruce Willis to save the world in Armageddon, but who are the real-life heroes seeking to save our civilization from the next major asteroid impact?

One of Indiewire’s six highlights of SXSW 2015, selected at Sheffield 2015 and raved by SoundOnSight as ‘bombastic’, Disaster Playground investigates future outer space catastrophes and the procedures in place to manage, assess, and minimalize the risks.  

The film follows scientists leading the monitoring and deflection of hazardous Near Earth Objects and the real-life procedures in place in the event of an asteroid collision with the earth. From NASA and the SETI Institute to the White House and the United Nations, DISASTER PLAYGROUND follows the people who are responsible for protecting humanity from a potentially devastating asteroid impact.

Music is by Ed Banger Records and The Prodigy!

Directed by Nelly Ben Hayoun, 66min, 2014, UK

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An evening chaired by Alexander Rose, Executive Director Long Now Foundation

7:00 intro by Apollo 9 Astronaut Russell Schweickart
7:20-8:30 screening of the Movie
8:30-8:50 Q&A chaired by Alexander Rose with

Disaster Playground Project Manager Annette Rodrigues

Dr. Seth Shostak, Senior Astronomer & Director of the Center for SETI Research, SETI Institute

Dr. Peter Jenniskens, Meteor showers specialist, SETI Institute 

Dr Margaret Race, Senior Research Scientist, SETI Institute                  

Dr. David Morrison, Senior Scientist NASA SSERVI, former Director of the Carl Sagan Center for Study of Life in the Universe at the SETI Institute, former director of the NASA Lunar Science Institute

Disaster Playground Teaser from Disaster Playground on Vimeo.

Director: Nelly Ben Hayoun

Producer: Lisa James

Executive Producers: John Tobin & Mathew Trivett – Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, co-commissioned through Broadway’s Near Now Programme

Cinematographer: Catherine Goldschmidt

Editor: Alice Powell

Sound Designer: Cliff Rossiter

Music: Vandroid by Ed Banger Records,The Prodigy,The International Space Orchestra.

Additional Credits: Musical Director: Evan Price, Project Manager: Annette Rodrigues, Camera Operator: Fiona Braillon, Sound Recordist: Nikolas Zasimczuk, Photographer: Nick Ballon

Science on Screen at The Roxie is made possible through a grant from the Coolidge Corner Theatre, with support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The nation-wide Science on Screen program explores connections between science and the humanities through viewing and discussion of entertaining, provocative films.


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