Science and Society on the Screen

Join us for free virtual screenings of popular movies! At Science and Society on the Screen events, we invite you to watch movies from the comfort of your own home. Following each screening, we welcome you to join us for a live Q & A event with filmmakers and scientists where you can ask questions and get the inside scoop. If you're interested, feel free to check out the following list of screenings planned for the upcoming months.

Why did we establish Science and Society on the Screen? 
We are movie-loving scientists who are passionate about our work and communicating science with friends and family. Through shared screenings of thought-provoking movies and follow-up question-and-answer sessions, we wanted to create a forum where the general public could interact with us in a casual setting to break stereotypes about scientists, clear up misinformation, and gather together to learn more about science.

The Biggest Little Farm (7/22/21) - PANEL RECORDING BELOW

THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM chronicles the eight-year quest of John and Molly Chester as they trade city living for 200 acres of barren farmland and a dream to harvest in harmony with nature. Through dogged perseverance and embracing the opportunity provided by nature's conflicts, the Chester’s unlock and uncover a biodiverse design for living that exists far beyond their farm, its seasons, and our wildest imagination. (Source)

We are excited to announce that our very first event, featuring the award-winning film The Biggest Little Farm, will be airing live on July 22, 2021! The day before the event, registered attendees will be provided with a link to a free digital copy of the movie, which will be accessible for 24hrs starting at 12a.m. PDT July 22nd. On July 22 at 4:45 p.m. PDT, a "behind the scenes" panel will be held, where attendees are invited to chat with the director of the film and two famous agricultural experts. Sign up soon, because tickets will go fast!

When: July 22, 2021 (Thursday)
Watch the Film: Registrants will be able to watch the film during a 24-hour interval starting at 12:00 a.m. PDT
Join the Panel Discussion: 4:45 p.m. PDT (To watch the film and panel back-to-back, we recommend starting the film at 3:00 p.m. PDT)
Where: From the comfort of your home (or anywhere!)

The Panelists
John Chester (Director of The Biggest Little Farm)
John Chester is an Emmy award-winning filmmaker and has been working in media for over 25 years. In 2011, John and his wife, Molly, embarked on a journey to build their own farm with John documenting the struggles and the triumphs. In 2019, John released the footage in a breathtaking documentary, The Biggest Little Farm, which has since been nominated for multiple awards. Recently, John has been working on a children’s book series featuring characters from the movie. John’s extensive and unique experiences behind the camera—and working on the farm—bring a one-of-a-kind perspective to every conversation.

Severine von Tscharner Fleming (Author, advocate, and organic farmer)
Severine von Tscharner Fleming is an author, advocate, and organic farmer. She received a B.S in Conservation/AgroEcology from the University of California at Berkeley in 2008. Since graduating, she has worked with the Greenhorns organization which produces a wide range of media and events including the New Farmers Almanac and a radio show on Heritage Radio Network. Severine has also worked as a founding board president of Agrarian Trust, a founding board secretary for Farm Hack, an advisory board member of Savanna Institute, and with many other agricultural organizations. Additionally, she is the current owner of the Smithereen Farm, a certified organic farm located in Cobscook Bay, Maine.
Brittney Goodrich (Expert in agricultural economics and policy)
Dr. Brittney Goodrich is an Assistant Cooperative Extension Specialist in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at UC Davis. She received her BS in Math and Economics at Iowa State University, after which she moved on to study at UC Davis, where she obtained her Masters and PhD degrees in Agricultural Economics. Raised in a farming community in rural Iowa, Dr. Goodrich became interested in agriculture at a young age. Today, her work spans a number of different areas including agricultural contracts and policy.


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About Science and Society on the Screen

Science and Society on the Screen events are made possible through the support of community partners. You can learn more about the Science and Society on the Screen team and our community partners such as the California Film Institute by visiting our About Page here.


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