Film Series: Runs & Limited Engagements

Science Fair

2018, Cristina Constantini and Darren Foster, USA, 90 min.

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Show Times

  • Fri, Oct 5th 4:00pm
  • Fri, Oct 5th 7:45pm
  • Sat, Oct 6th 4:45pm
  • Sun, Oct 7th 3:00pm
  • Mon, Oct 8th 6:00pm
  • Tue, Oct 9th 8:00pm
  • Wed, Oct 10th 6:00pm
  • Thu, Oct 11th 8:15pm
  • Fri, Oct 12th 2:00pm
  • Fri, Oct 12th 6:00pm
  • Sat, Oct 13th 4:45pm
  • Sun, Oct 14th 3:00pm
  • Mon, Oct 15th 6:00pm
  • Tue, Oct 16th 8:00pm
  • Wed, Oct 17th 6:00pm
  • Thu, Oct 18th 8:15pm
Chicago premiere!

"Inspiring…exciting and nail-biting." - Alan Ng, Film Threat

"Affectionate and supremely entertaining celebration of the all-American nerd." - Peter Debruge, Variety

“The best action-thriller-drama with solid laughs, an international cast and breath taking plot twists didn’t come from a major studio. It came from National Geographic. It’s a doc called SCIENCE FAIR and it doesn’t take Einstein to know it’s going to the Oscars." – Bill McCuddy, Sitting Around Talking Movies podcast

Science whiz-kids get their due in this upbeat documentary revealing the challenges and unique back-stories of a handful of teen contenders preparing for the world-renowned Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. This veritable Olympics of science fairs is a killer-competitive event offering five million dollars in awards and future career connections galore. The countdown is on as kids not yet old enough to vote perfect scientifically advanced inventions that might very well change the course of history. Myllena, from rural Brazil, works on a method for diagnosing the Zika virus; two friends from Louisville devise a stethoscope that's a smartphone app; a German teenager is perfecting a single-wing aircraft. Directors Constantini and Foster put the emphasis on imagination and ingenuity: these are regular kids with an outsized passion to achieve despite the limited resources at their command. Winner of the Audience Award at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Appropriate for all ages. DCP digital. (BS)

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