Separating Science from Fiction

Ever wonder just how much real science is in your favorite science-fiction films? Thanks to the Denver Film Society and the Denver Museum of Nature & Science — who are teaming up for their fourth annual Sci-Fi Film Series — you’re going to find out. The series presents some of the best in contemporary and classic science fiction, with both a film professor and a real scientist giving context to the movies and helping to separate the science from the fiction.

This year’s program kicks off with the mind-bending indie Upstream Color, about a strange life-form that can be used to control people’s minds. “It’s an amazing movie, and this is a great context for this film. It definitely leaves you with the ‘What the hell was that?’ question,” promises Britt Withey of the DFS. “It’s one of my top picks this year, for sure.”

Health scientist Nicole Garneau and film professor Vincent Piturro will lead a discussion before and after the film; other programs this summer will feature everything from the classic Alien to last year’s blockbuster Gravity, each paired with studied experts in relevant fields.

The series begins tonight at 7 p.m. at the Sie FilmCenter, 2510 East Colfax Avenue. Tickets are $15, or $12 for DFS and DMNS members. A series pass is available for $65, or $50 for members. For tickets and more details, including a complete schedule, visit
Wed., July 9, 7 p.m.; Wed., July 16, 7 p.m.; Wed., July 23, 7 p.m.; Wed., July 30, 7 p.m.; Wed., Aug. 6, 7 p.m., 2014

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Cory Casciato is a Denver-based writer with a passion for the geeky, from old science fiction movies to brand-new video games.
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