A Science on Screen Presentation

The Martian with American Astronaut Mark Kelly in Person!

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Closing Night of the Loft Film Fest 2016 will feature a special Science on Screen presentation of the acclaimed 2015 sci-fi drama The Martian, with an introduction and post-film discussion with American astronaut, retired Navy combat veteran and New York Times bestselling author, Mark Kelly! Join us after the movie to celebrate The Loft Cinema’s 44th birthday with an outdoor party featuring free snacks and birthday cake!

Sponsored by Congressman Ron and Nancy Barber

During a manned mission to Mars, astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive.

“A hell of a joyride … you won’t find a space epic that’s more fun to geek out at than The Martian.” – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

Millions of miles away, NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring “the Martian” home, while his crewmates concurrently plot a daring, if not impossible rescue mission. As these stories of incredible bravery unfold, the world comes together to root for Watney’s safe return. Based on Andy Weir’s best-selling novel, and directed by Ridley Scott (Blade Runner, Alien), this gripping sci-fi adventure also stars Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara, Michael Peña, Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Donald Glover. (Dir. by Ridley Scott, 2015, USA/UK, 144 mins., Rated PG-13)

captain-kelly-headshot-2Mark Kelly is an American astronaut, retired United States Navy Captain, #1 New York Times best-selling author, and an experienced naval aviator and test pilot who flew combat missions during the Gulf War. The winner of many awards, including the Legion of Merit, two Defense Superior Service Medals, two Distinguished Flying Crosses and the NASA Exceptional Service Medal, Kelly was selected by NASA as an astronaut in 1996. He flew his first of four missions in 2001 aboard Space Shuttle Endeavour, the same space shuttle that he commanded on its final flight in May 2011. He has also commanded Space Shuttle Discovery and is one of only two individuals who have visited the International Space Station on four different occasions. With 6,000 flight hours in more than 50 different aircraft, 375 aircraft carrier landings, 39 combat missions and more than 50 days in space, Mark Kelly is one of our country’s most experienced pilots. Already a celebrated American, Kelly became the center of international attention after the January 2011 assassination attempt on his wife, former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Their story captivated the nation and was chronicled in an exclusive Diane Sawyer interview as well as on the covers of People and USA Today. Kelly was featured on the cover of Esquire and named one of the magazine’s 2011 “Americans of the Year.” In 2013, Kelly and Giffords were selected as Glamour magazine’s very first “Couple of the Year.” Kelly is also an entrepreneur and is one of the founders of World View Enterprises, a company pioneering a new frontier at the edge of space. He is a sought after public speaker who exemplifies leadership, the importance of teamwork, and courage under pressure.

Science on Screen is designed to pair thought-provoking films, old and new, with insightful contextual discussions with local experts and academics to create illuminating and entertaining programming that will bring the exciting world of science alive on the big screen. Science on Screen is an initiative of the Coolidge Corner Theatre Foundation with major support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.