A Science Film Festival in Saint Paul (Get a discount from me!)

Ever been to a CON? Like, ComiCON, or CONvergence? One of the best parts of a CON is the science, often involving panels with interesting science experts, or perhaps even a film or two.

Well, Twin Cities denizen Ryan Johnson founded and organized a new thing, which is set up as a film festival, to provide these fantastic CONnish features in a very attractive package. Admission is by the day, and thus less expensive than the average convention. Also, you can get a 15% discount if, when you go online to buy your tickets, you use the code "laden"

The Northstar Science Film Festival is a new film festival that celebrates the collision of science and entertainment. The first festival is scheduled for September 15-17, 2016, with events at Twin Cities Public Television, Bedlam Theatre, and Tin Whiskers Brewing in Saint Paul.

Scientists participating include Drs. David Tillman, Marla Spivak, James Kakalios, Chuck Niederriter, Clifford Johnson, and many others.

They have a great line up of films and speakers scheduled for this year's festival. Here are (most of?) the speakers:

  • Paula Apsell, Executive Director of NOVA
  • Shawn Otto, author of The War on Science, screenwriter of House of Sand and Fog, and founder of Science Debate
  • James Kakalios, PhD, professor of physics at the University of Minnesota and author of The Physics of Superheroes and How Quantum Mechanics Made Life Worth Living
  • James Burke, host ofConnections and The Day The Universe Changed">The Day the Universe Changed
  • Ann Merchant from the National Academy of Sciences
  • Information, full schedule and ticketing is all available at www.northstarscience.org. Again, readers of this blog can get a 15% discount on tickets by using the coupon code “laden”.

    I hope to see you there!

    Northstar’s advisory board includes the following:

    *Ann Merchant-Deputy Executive Director of National Academy of Sciences, Science and Entertainment Exchange
    *Shawn Otto-filmmaker and co-founder of ScienceDebate
    *Michael Halpern-Director at Union of Concerned Scientists
    *Richard Hudson-Director at Science Programming at Twin Cities Public Television
    *James Kakalios, PhD-physicist, professor at University of Minnesota, author of Physics of Superheroes
    *Lawrence Krauss, PhD-theoretical physicist, author (Physics of Star Trek), and director of Arizona State University's Origins Project
    *Matthew Chapman-filmmaker, co-founder of ScienceDebate, and great, great grandson of Charles Darwin
    *Christine Walker-filmmaker and Executive Director of Provincetown Film Festival
    *Melissa Butts and Kim Rowe, Filmmakers with Melrae Pictures
    *Scott Bur, Professor of Chemistry, Gustavus Adolphus College
    *Ryan Johnson-attorney and science advocate
    *Tad Ware-advertising executive

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