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Science on Screen: Whale Rider

Ellen Theatre

Upcoming Dates & Times

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at 7:30pm - 9:30pm

On Tuesday, June 20th, BFS wraps up its 2017 Science on Screen (SoS) series with family favorite, Whale Rider. In this award-winning 2002 film, director Niki Caro paints an effective picture of the challenges modernity brings to indigenous cultures. Rooting her characters in the boundless New Zealand landscape and incorporating tantalizing ocean photography, the film is a beautiful illustration of the power of myths to adapt — a mystical, gentle movie that goes beyond the boundaries of the usual coming-of-age film. Rated PG-13, the film runs 106 minutes. Tickets $5/All Ages (plus fees).

Guest speakers Gianna Savoie, filmmaker and Executive Director of Ocean Media Institute, and MSU Professor Dr. Michael Reidy, whose historical research interests include science and technology, mountaineering, and oceans, will open the evening with ‘Waves of Change: Myth, History, and Culture in Ocean Science.’ Geared toward all ages, SoS offers creative pairings of contemporary, classic, cult and documentary films with lively presentations by notable experts from the world of science and technology. The only Montana recipient of a SoS grant from the Coolidge Corner Foundation (an initiative of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation), this is the second season Bozeman Film Society has produced this pioneering, nationwide program.

Tickets to BFS screenings are available online at, or in person at the box office. The Ellen Theatre lobby opens at 6:30 pm for concession and bar; seating begins at 7 pm, shows begin at 7:30 pm. Coming Saturday, July 1st is Wakefield, starring Bryan Cranston and Jennifer Garner. Visit for more information — “Keep ‘Em Flickering!”