Festival Schedule

Northstar Science Film Festival is a three-day event, so please make sure you check out the schedule for each day.

Saturday, September 17: On the Edge of Humanity

Thursday Schedule  |  Friday Schedule  |  Saturday Schedule

Saturday Sept 17 - TPT Street Space

Saturday Sept 17 - TPT Boardroom

Saturday Sept 17 - Tin Whiskers Brewing

Northstar Science Selects Lowertown St. Paul for 2016

June 13, 2016, Saint Paul, Minn. – Northstar Science Film Festival has selected the Lowertown area of St. Paul as the home of much of its programming and events for the 2016 festival, which runs from September 15-18, 2016.

LowertownLowertown is a thriving, artsy corner of the capital city’s bustling downtown, studded with art galleries, theatres, taprooms, parks, and restaurants. It’s home to key festival partners, and will provide rich environments for festival screenings, live events, social activities and free time for attendees.

“Lowertown is alive,” said Festival founder Ryan Johnson. “You cruise right into the heart of it by light rail or bus, walk a block in any direction and find arts, commerce, culture and innovation.  This is a great spot to launch our festival.”

TPTOne of Lowertown’s most prominent occupants is Twin Cities PBS (TPT), a vital festival partner. Founded in 1957, TPT is a national leader producing award-winning STEM programming for PBS, such as the legendary “Newton’s Apple,” and more recently, “DragonflyTV” and “SciGirls.” What’s more, they’ve just renovated their facility, with a strong emphasis on spaces and events that invite the community in.

“Our new facility is built for events like this”, said Donna Saul Millen, Director of Events at TPT. “We’ve always been passionate about educating the public about STEM and our new space and this event gives us a great way to do that in person. It makes perfect sense to host festival events like the NSFF.”

“Northstar Science Film Festival is an ideal partner event, that brings together a confluence of good science, accessible entertainment, great storytelling, and community engagement,” said Lucy Swift, former Vice President of Minnesota Productions & Partnerships at TPT. “We can help deliver a powerful experience of those things, all wrapped in fun and discovery. It’s a no-brainer for us.”

SMMBlocks away is another key partner and festival venue: Science Museum of Minnesota, a world-class leader in experiential learning. Across the street from TPT are the Jerome Hill Theater and the Great Hall, with both screening and elegant social space for festival events; and Bedlam Theater, an experimental arts and music theatre that will play host to special live entertainment for festival attendees.

Bedlam“There aren’t many places in any large city that have this concentration of interesting venues, partners, organizations and vendors in such close proximity, all nestled in a fun, refreshing vibe of artistry and innovation,” said Joe Spencer, Director of Arts and Culture for the City of St. Paul. “It’s a magical place, and St. Paul’s best-kept secret. I guess the secret is out now. Festival attendees are going to love the location almost as much as the programming and events.”

Northstar Science Film Festival will also have programming and events in other locations, both during the 2016 festival and throughout the year. Northstar Science Film Festival runs September 15-18, 2016 in Twin Cities, Minnesota.

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Northstar Science Film Festival seeks to inspire passion for science by showcasing great science films, fostering connections between scientists and filmmakers, and providing opportunities for filmmakers who explore the ideas of science.

Contact:
Kevin Dragseth, Director of Communications
Northstar Science Film Festival
kevin@northstarscience.org
651.243.2589

Northstar Science Film Festival Promises Fascination, Fun

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Saint Paul, Minn. – A new annual international film festival featuring science-themed movies, documentaries, and short films from around the world will take place in the Twin Cities in September 2016. The Northstar Science Film Festival, a multi-day event, will feature a wide range of entertaining films, discussions with filmmakers, scientists and thought leaders, hands-on interactions, family-friendly experiences and comedic fun.

Northstar is a one-of-a kind international festival celebrating the collision of science and entertainment,” said Ryan Johnson, Festival founder, science advocate, and attorney.  “Our festival will entertain audiences while enhancing their understanding and appreciation of science through incredibly fascinating, fun, interactive, science entertainment.  Northstar will deliver good science and good entertainment.”

“The concept is to tease out the science from any film—from a big budget action movie to an independent documentary, and to bring in super-cool scientists, engineers, and special effects folks to explore the fast-changing boundaries of what’s possible,” explained author, filmmaker, science advocate and speaker Shawn Otto, a Festival co-founder. “Minnesota is a world hub of innovation in many areas of science and technology, and is the ideal place to start this.”

Keynotes, workshops and panel discussions with scientists and filmmakers will examine how society uses entertainment to reflect and process real-world issues. “This is a great model for conversation,” offered Festival co-founder Tad Ware. “A zombie movie is, at its heart, a story of infectious disease. Godzilla is about the risks of nuclear technology. Superhero films bend the rules of physics while still inhabiting a believable world. At Northstar, we get to talk about those things and find out how science makes things more fun, not less.”

The festival will also include hands-on events for all ages, exciting demonstrations by renowned presenter William Gurstelle, workshops for budding filmmakers, and even science-themed comedy events.

A list of VIP guests is mounting, as Northstar Science generates interest across the scientific and media worlds. The Festival has the support of some leading science institutions, including the National Academy of Sciences, and its Science & Entertainment Exchange.

“Northstar Science Film Festival is like a dream come true for the Science & Entertainment Exchange,” said Ann Merchant, its Deputy Executive Director. “They’re creating such a sense of excitement about science films, connecting scientists to the filmmakers, and igniting a passion in the audience for this kind of content. I can’t tell you how enthusiastic we are about this!”

Northstar Science Film Festival runs September 15-18, 2016 in Twin Cities, Minnesota.

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Northstar Science Film Festival seeks to inspire passion for science by showcasing great science films, fostering connections between scientists and filmmakers, and providing opportunities for filmmakers who explore the ideas of science.

Contact:
Kevin Dragseth, Director of Communications
Northstar Science Film Festival
kevin@northstarscience.org
651.243.2589

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