Energy on the Big Screen

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Back to the Future: energy on the big screen

It’s that time of the year again. With the Oscars 2011 ceremonyfast approaching, cinema-mania becomes a temporary hobby for die-hardfilm fans and casual movie lovers too.

A few days after the Oscars on February 27th, The University ofTexas, in conjunction with KLRU-TV, is organizing an intriguing lecturecalled Energy at the Movies, featuring a selection of movie clips thatsomehow depict the use of energy on the big screen.

It will compile clips from various films, humorously interspersedwith snippets of energy history, technology, policy and observations oncurrent affairs.

“From the gushing geysers of Giant, to the plutonium-powered time machine of Back to the Future, Hollywood has entertained us with unforgettable, often iconic images of energy” the organizers promise.

The evening will begin with a multi-media lecture, followed by amoderated panel discussion with filmmakers, historians, andcommentators.

The lecture is presented by Dr. Michael Webber and based on his successful university honors course of the same title.

Amongst the panellists are Sheril Kirshenbaum (co-author ofUnscientific America), Turk Pipkin (producer of Nobelity Project &One Peace at a Time), Matthew Chapman (great-great grandson of CharlesDarwin, screenwriter and director for such films as Runaway Jury and2011?s The Ledge) and Charles Ramirez Berg (film historian anddistinguished UT professor)

Sounds fun. If you can’t make it in person, you can register for a live webcast on the Energy at the Movies website.

Date: Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Time: 6:00 pm
Where: KLRU-TV, Austin PBS, Studio 6A
6:00-7:30 pm Dr. Webber’s Energy Lecture
7:30-8:00 pm Catered Reception
8:00-9:30 pm Moderated panel discussion
(with interactive global Q&A)