Inventing Tomorrow


The Loft Film Fest is presented by the National Endowment for the Arts and Desert Diamond Casinos & Entertainment.

Special thanks to our film sponsor, SARSEFMonday’s screening is a Science on Screen presentation featuring an introduction with Liz Baker, Deputy Director of the Southern Arizona Research, Science and Engineering Foundation!

Meet passionate teenage innovators from around the globe who are creating cutting-edge solutions to confront the world’s environmental threats – found right in their own backyards – while navigating the doubts and insecurities that mark adolescence.

“By the end, as you dry your eyes, it’s their futures you want them to win – as scientists, optimists and change agents – not just a science fair prize.” – Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times

Inventing Tomorrow follows six young scientists from Indonesia, Hawaii, India and Mexico as they tackle some of the most complex environmental issues facing humanity today. Each student is preparing original scientific research that he or she will present and defend at ISEF, the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. Take a journey with these inspiring teens as they prepare their projects for the largest convening of high school scientists in the world, an exciting but nerve-racking experience which will force them to face their own fears as they advance one step closer to their dreams of winning a prize and just maybe helping to save the planet! (Dir. by Laura Nix, 2018, USA, 87 mins., Not Rated). Other festivals: Seattle; Sundance | Tucson Premiere

Special thanks to our community partners, DocScapes, Tucson Wildlife Center, S.Y.STEM Coalition, & Institute of the Environment.

Liz Baker serves as Deputy Director of SARSEF, a nonprofit that empowers 95,000 K-12 students across Southern Arizona in STEM annually through free educational outreach involving critical thinking, problem solving, and inquiry-based research. She earned her Master of Science in Evolutionary and Comparative Psychology from the University of St. Andrews, and went on to become a Researcher for Koko the signing gorilla at The Gorilla Foundation.  Liz got her start through science research competitions, where she won over $260,000 as a three-time winner at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). Now, Liz serves on the International Science Fair Planning Committee and is a member of Rotary Club or Tucson and AAUW- American Association of University Women Tucson Branch. Through her work with SARSEF, Liz has received honors such as the Women’s Public Voices Fellowship, Women of Influence Education Champion, Tucson Hispanic Chamber’s 40 Under 40, Greater Tucson Leadership 2016, the Award for Excellence in K-12 STEM Diversity, and Grand Prize at SVP’s Fast Pitch.

Science on Screen creatively pairs screenings of classic, cult, science fiction, and documentary films with lively presentations by notable experts from the world of science and technology. Each film is used as a jumping-off point for a speaker to introduce current research or technological advances in a manner that engages popular culture audiences. Science on Screen is an initiative of the Coolidge Corner Theatre, in partnership with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.