Sunday, January 28, 2018

"Science Fair" at Sundance 2018 shows high school contestants doing world class research

The directors of “Science Fair” (Christina Constantini and Darren Foster) at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival (kids’ section) discuss their film.

This film documents the INTEL ISEF (International Science and Engineering Fair).

Many of the kids are doing cutting edge research.  There was one project from Brazil on Zika Virus. 

There was a student who had failed math who still won a prize for a mechanical number theory project.

I don’t know yet whether the film mentions or presents Jack Andraka’s 2013 science fair win in Pittsburgh for his pancreatic cancer test.  His brother Luke also won a prize for a coal mine pollution abatement project.  Taylor Wilson, inventor of a “fusion reactor” had entered that year also.  Here is Jack’s tweet on it. Imdb doesn’t have a lot of information on it.  It would be logical or nice if Jack wound up listed as an executive producer of the film, still listed as in post-production.  (Richard Harmon showed us how to finish movies with his “Crypto”.)

I’ll keep my eyes open for Filmfest DC, Maryland Film Festival  (Baltimore, in May, close to Jack’s hometown) on this one (maybe even DC Environmental Film Festival in March).

I remember we had a Science Fair presentation in the basement of my (parent’s) home on December 9, 1960.  I’ve talked about it elsewhere. But one of the presentations then talked about white blood cells and was a curiously prescient anticipation of the crisis that would happen 25 years later. 

Update: July 21, 2018

National Geographic will distribute the movie to theater is New York and LA on September 14, 2018 and everywhere on September 21.

The trailer does show Jack Andraka's acceptance of his science fair award in 2013.  Jack is in Sierra Leone for the summer of 2018 on a Truman Scholarship.

Update: August 25, 2018

NatGeo tweeted me a link to the official site which says the film starts in New York Sept. 14, LA on Sept. 21, and in other cities Sept. 28.  It will show at the Landmark West End in Washington Sept. 28.  I spoke to the Parkway theater in Baltimore which did not know yet, but it stands to reason that the Maryland Film Festival will want it since Jack Andraka, who appears in the film trailer, went to high school in the Baltimore-Annapolis area.  I guess with the Orioles and Marlins not doing well, Baltimore can boast of Jack and Luke Andraka as their heroes, just as Miami can offer David Hogg (who will surely be the subject of more festival documentary feature film before long, maybe self-produced). Oh, the Texas Rangers aren't too good, either;  maybe young science documentary videographer (climate change, animals) Dallas Taylor (an appropriate first name) can pick up the slack for that city. 

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