'Science on Screen' explores artificial intelligence

March 07, 2018

Image with caption: From left, Jon Hamm and Lois Smith in

From left, Jon Hamm and Lois Smith in "Marjorie Prime."

A new season of "Science on Screen" launches in March with "Marjorie Prime," a film that invites viewers to explore the possibilities and implications of artificial intelligence.

"Science on Screen" is an innovative series that creatively pairs classic, cult and documentary films with lively talks led by notable figures from the world of science, technology and medicine.

Shown by Film Streams in collaboration with UNMC, Michael Almereyda's drama shows 86-year-old Marjorie (Lois Smith) spending her final, ailing days with a computerized version of her deceased husband (Jon Hamm). With the intent to recount their life together, Prime relies on the information from Marjorie and her family to develop a more complex understanding of his history. As their interactions deepen, the family (Geena Davis, Tim Robbins) begins to develop diverging accounts of their lives, drawn into the chance to reconstruct the often painful past.

A talk with panelists from the Interprofessional Experiential Center for Enduring Learning (iEXCEL) will follow the film. The panel will feature UNMC's Ben Stobbe, executive director for clinical simulation, iEXCEL, and Bill Glass, director of visualization & technology, iEXCEL.

Tickets for this special screening at Film Streams' Ruth Sokolof Theater, 1340 Mike Fahey St., are:

  • $10 general
  • $7.50 seniors (60+), students, teachers, active military and veterans, and those arriving by bicycle
  • $5 Film Streams members

Advance tickets can be purchased here or in person through the Film Streams Box Office.

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