About the Film:
Though we have explored the far reaches of the earth and stratosphere, there are places miles beneath the ocean’s surface that have existed in darkness since the beginning of time. Penn State professor Charles Fisher, Ph.D., is one of the few to probe into those recesses, and he’s coming to The Little. Fisher will speak to the audience after a screening of Oscar-winning film “The Abyss,” directed by James Cameron.
The film screens on Monday, March 16 at 6:30 p.m. Fisher will speak immediately following the screening.
This screening kicks off a new season of Science on Screen, a national program in which theaters pair films with talks by science and technology experts. Each film serves as a jumping-off point for the speaker to explore a related topic in a way that engages audiences.
About Fisher: Charles Fisher, Ph.D., is professor of biology and assistant department head for graduate education in Penn State’s Department of Biology. Fisher has won several awards, including the Cooperative Conservation Award from the Department of the Interior, Penn State’s Faculty Scholars Medal, and the National Science Foundation’s Presidential Young Investigator Award.
Fisher researches the physiology of animals and ecology inhabiting cold seeps and hydrothermal vents in the deeps sea. Much of his research couldn’t even be possible before the 1977 discovery of deep sea hydrothermal vents, so learning about relationships between the mysterious plants and animals so far under the surface is truly a fresh and exciting field.
About the film: “The Abyss” won two Oscars in 1990. It tells the story of a submarine that crashes into an underwater cliff and sinks into the blackness. Navy SEALS and oil rig workers try to rescue them, but soon find they are not alone down there, in the dark. It was directed by James Cameron.
Science on Screen is an initiative of the Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline, Mass. with major support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.