A unique convergence of science and film at the Wilmette Theatre will give theatre-goers the opportunity to see ANACONDA, the cult classic back on the big screen, followed by a discussion of wildlife preservation led by The Field Museum’s Lesley de Souza, on March 28 at 7pm. The Wilmette Theatre will be one of only 28 theatres nationwide participating in Science on Screen’s “National Evening of Science on Screen.” Tickets: $10 / $8.50 seniors/students, and are available: www.wilmettetheatre.com or at the box office at: 1122 Central Ave., Wilmette.
In the film, ANACONDA, National Geographic film crew, headed by anthropologist Steve Cale (Eric Stoltz) and director Terri Flores (Jennifer Lopez), journeys to the depths of the Amazon in search of the mysterious Shirishama Indians. En route, they rescue a hunter (Jon Voight) from his sinking boat and take him on board. After the ship’s captain is attacked by a poisonous insect and goes comatose, the hunter commandeers the boat, takes the crew hostage, and drags them along on his insane quest to capture a giant anaconda.
Lesley de Souza is a conservation biologist and explorer helping protect communities biologically and culturally at risk through scientific research and community-based conservation.
Lesley’s fieldwork has taken her to Guyana, Brazil, Peru, Venezuela, Costa Rica, Honduras, Panama and beyond, where she contributed to research on species including black caiman, boa constrictors, basilisk lizards, eyelash vipers, alligators, snapping turtles, waterdogs, and hellbenders. She has published in peer-reviewed journals including Neotropical Ichthyology, Zootaxa, and Cybium, and described her research experiences in Guyana for the “Scientist at Work” feature of The New York Times and for National Geographic online. Lesley’s mission is to contribute to the preservation of wildlife and human livelihoods, and, more broadly, to inspire humans to rethink our place in the natural world.
This event is part of a national initiative funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to make science exciting and accessible for general audiences by pairing engaging cinematic experiences with science and technology experts. The Wilmette Theatre was one of 35 nonprofit organizations across the United States and the only one in Illinois to receive funding for this initiative in 2016.
This program will be the second in a three part series of events that the Wilmette Theatre is hosting, in partnership with The Field Museum. The Theatre will close out the series with a screening of The Birder’s Guide to Everything on Saturday, April 22nd at 2pm, with special guest, Mary Hennen, Director of the Chicago Peregrine Program and Birds Assistant Collections Manager at The Field Museum.
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.
Mary will bring a live Falcon (rescued due to a disability) to the Theatre. One Falcon pair nests at the Evanston Public Library, about 2.5 miles from the Theatre. There is a web cam that monitors the activity and viewing the banding of the nestlings is open to the public.
Tickets for these programs are available online at: www.wilmettetheatre.com
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. www.wilmettetheatre.com