Screened at the 2011 Mill Valley Film Festival, the funny and poignant film Small, Beautifully Moving Parts stars Anna Margaret Hollyman as Sarah Sparks, a New York-based technophile who feels she relates better to machines than to people. When Sarah becomes pregnant, her uncertainties about motherhood trigger an impulsive road trip to the source of her anxiety: her long-estranged mother, who now lives completely off the grid. In this comic coming-of-parenthood tale for the Internet age, what can a committed “freelance technologist” do when she’s in the middle of nowhere? With Sarah Rafferty, Mary Beth Peil. Writers/Director: Annie J. Howell, Lisa Robinson. (US 2011) 73 min. plus discussion.

Trained as a mechanical engineer at UC Berkeley, Evan Atherton currently works as a designer for the office of the Chief Technology Officer at Autodesk, exploring the possibilities of the company’s software as it relates to robotics, digital fabrication and storytelling. A personal project is a partially functional R2-D2, which he created with Grant McKinney. Atherton will bring the robot to the Rafael and also screen his comical short film, Artoo in Love.

This presentation is part of SCIENCE ON SCREEN®, a series pairing film screenings with lively scientific discussions – an initiative of the Coolidge Corner Theatre with major support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

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