‘Dream Big’ and ‘20th Century Women’ come to The Ellen

BOZEMAN FILM SOCIETY

On Saturday, March 4 at 2 and 5 p.m. at The Ellen Theatre, Bozeman Film Society opens its 2017 Science on Screen series with a free screening of the visually spectacular “Dream Big: Engineering Our World.”

“Dream Big” is the first film of its kind to promote the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) movement. Told through the eyes of four engineers, “Dream Big” takes viewers on a journey of discovery, from the world’s tallest building and a bridge higher than the clouds to a solar car race across Australia, underwater robots and smart, sustainable cities in a celebration of human ingenuity.

Directed by two-time Academy Award-nominee MacGillivray Freeman, and narrated by Montana’s own Academy Award-winning actor Jeff Bridges, this all-ages event is a unique opportunity to turn kids on to science and engineering. “I am a believer in encouraging our youth to make a difference in the world, and ‘Dream Big’ encourages young people to do just that,” Bridges said.

Both “Dream Big” screenings will open with “The Art of Problem Solving,” a lively introduction by KLJ Engineer Shari Eslinger, Vice-President of American Society of Civil Engineers Montana Section, and Dr. Michael Berry of the Montana State University Civil Engineering Department.

Eslinger and Berry will shed light on how much the everyday pieces of your life are affected by the innovation of an engineer, and will share their personal stories of what it means to be an engineer. After both screenings, join MSU engineering students upstairs in the Ellen Theatre ballroom for fun hands-on projects. Attendees can also check out an award-winning robot built for the NASA Robotic Mining Competition.

At 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 15, BFS presents the warmly comedic film, “20th Century Women,” starring Annette Bening, at The Ellen Theatre. Set in Santa Barbara, “20th Century Women” follows Dorothea Fields, a determined single mother in her mid-50s who is raising her adolescent son, Jamie (Lucas Jade Zumann) at a moment brimming with cultural change and rebellion—1979.

Dorothea enlists the help of two younger women in Jamie’s upbringing— Abbie (Greta Gerwig), a free-spirited punk artist living as a boarder in the Fields’ home, and Julie (Elle Fanning), a savvy and provocative teenage neighbor.

The film is a poignant love letter to the people who raise us—and the times that form us—as this makeshift family forges fragile connections that will mystify and inspire them through their lives. Written and directed by Mike Mills (“Thumbsucker,” “Beginners”), this film is a moving celebration of women as pioneers, protectors, and valuable role models, garnering Golden Globe nominations for Best Picture and Best Actress, as well as an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay.

Tickets for “20th Century Women” are available at theellentheatre.com or in person at the box office. Visit bozemanfilmsociety.org for more information.