Belcourt Begins ‘Science on Screen’ Series with Kubrick Classic

ScienceonScreenThe Belcourt Theatre kicks off its month-long series Science on Screen: Connecting Cinematic Art With Hard Science Wednesday with a screening of 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY and a post-film discussion with Frederick I. Ordway III. Ordway worked with director Stanley Kubrick and writer Arthur C. Clarke as a scientific advisor on the classic film.

Tracie Prater, engineer at United Launch Alliance, will lead the discussion and introduce the overall series. Before the 7 p.m. screening, members of Nashville’s Barnard-Seyfert Astronomical Society will set up their telescopes for viewing the moon and Jupiter in the Belcourt’s parking lot at 6:15 p.m.

Ordway has had a distinguished career as a space scientist, science advocate, and author of visionary books on space flight. He will discuss the science behind the creation of 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY and the future of man’s exploration of space. Prater is an aerospace engineer in materials and structures at the NASA Marshall Spaceflight Center in Huntsville. She received her Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Vanderbilt in 2012 and was selected to participate in the Emerging Space Leaders Grant Program of the International Astronautical Federation.


With a unique selection of outstanding narrative, documentary, classic and cult programming, the Belcourt’s Science on Screen programming represents a wide range of imaginative, fanciful, astounding and entertaining cinematic work, where both science fiction and scientific discovery are often intertwined.

Science on Screen (March 5-31) is part of a national initiative made possible through a grant by the Coolidge Corner Theatre, with support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The Belcourt is one of only 20 theatres nationwide to receive this grant. The Belcourt’s series includes film screenings accompanied by discussions with leading scientists, space engineers and biologists, as well as science-themed midnight movies, Saturday Kid Shows, and special screenings for area high school students and teachers during Metro Nashville Public Schools’ Intersession (March 18–20). See the full schedule for Science on Screen at

Here’s the trailer for the 1968 masterwork:


*Science on Screen artwork courtesy Belcourt Theatre. Featured image from 2001: A Space Odyssey courtesy Warner Bros. Pictures.

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