Celebrate Earth Day and Science on Screen® at the Wilmette Theatre with a special presentation of the film, A Birder’s Guide To Everything, followed by a discussion with Mary Hennen, Director of the Chicago Peregrine Program and Birds Assistant Collections Manager at The Field Museum.Hennen will bring a live Falcon (rescued due to a disability) to the Theatre. The event will take place on Saturday, April 22nd at 2pm. Tickets: $10 / $8.50 seniors/students, and are available: www.wilmettetheatre.com or at the box office at: 1122 Central Ave., Wilmette.
A Birder’s Guide To Everything” is a charming, coming of age film about David Portnoy, a 15-year-old birding fanatic, who thinks that he’s made the discovery of a lifetime. So, on the eve of his father’s remarriage, he escapes on an epic road trip with his best friends to solidify their place in birding history.
This event is made possible by a generous grant from the Coolidge Corner Theatre and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to present Science on Screen®, a program of feature narratives and documentaries about science and technology. The Wilmette Theatre has partnered with The Field Museum (fieldmuseum.org) to bring in experts to lead discussions of the topics that will be presented. The nationwide Science on Screen® program explores connections between science and the humanities through viewing and discussion of entertaining, provocative films.
Hennen has worked with the once endangered Peregrine Falcons for the past 30 years. The Peregrine program is an outstanding example of how scientists and the public working together can reverse a species population decline. Although Peregrines still remain endangered in some states, in Illinois, the population has rebounded. In fact, our Peregrine was removed from the Illinois’ State Endangered and Threatened Species list in 2015.
The Coolidge Corner Theatre located in Brookline, Massachusetts, is an independently operated movie theater run by the not-for-profit Coolidge Corner Theatre Foundation. A beloved movie house and landmark, the Coolidge has been in operation since 1933.
The New York-based Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, founded in 1934, makes grants in science, technology, and economic performance. The foundation’s commitment to enhance public understanding of science and technology, supports projects in print, radio, film, television, theater, and the internet. The Sloan Foundation encourages the next generation of filmmakers to depict themes of science and technology and to produce new scripts about scientists, engineers, and mathematicians.
About the Wilmette Theater: More than 100 years after opening its doors, the not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) Wilmette Theatre continues to be the premiere multi-arts and performance center anchoring the downtown Wilmette business district. The theatre plays host to an eclectic mix of film, movies, concerts and live programs and is also home to the well-respected Actors Training Center, offering classes for kids, teens and adults. 1122 Central Avenue, Wilmette, IL, 60091. http://www.wilmettetheatre.com