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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 ceremony fast approaching, cinema-mania becomes a temporary hobby for die-hard film 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 lecture called Energy at the Movies, featuring a selection of movie clips that somehow depict the use of energy on the big screen.

It will compile clips from various films, humorously interspersed with snippets of energy history, technology, policy and observations on current 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 a moderated panel discussion with filmmakers, historians, and commentators.

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

Amongst the panelists are Sheril Kirshenbaum (co-author of unscientific 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 and distinguished 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.


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