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Science Fiction TV Dinner: Small Bites
Our Science Fiction TV Dinner series is going virtual for 2020-2021, to help keep our community safe during the pandemic. We’re shifting the format slightly, presenting Science Fiction TV Small Bites: short films from talented creators that invite us to explore a range of possible futures.

Our latest Small Bite is "Ellipse," a science fiction film about astrobiology and the search for life in the cosmos written and directed by Ilana Rein. We’ll screen the 13-minute film, and then have a conversation with Ilana, a director and screenwriter whose most recent film is the psychological thriller "Perception," and Sara Walker, an astrobiologist, theoretical physicist, and deputy director of the Beyond Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science at Arizona State University.

Each Small Bite event will also feature an exclusive segment on cuisine and cooking by Corey S. Pressman, an author, educator, anthropologist, visual artist, and member of CSI’s Imaginary College.

Dec 3, 2020 06:00 PM in Arizona

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Illana Rein
Ilana Rein is a filmmaker from New York City living in Los Angeles. “Perception” is her debut feature film. Her short films “Ellipse” and “Periphery,” and her award-winning sci-fi documentary, “We Are All Cylons,” have screened at festivals and galleries internationally. Her work has been featured in publications including Wired, Think Progress, Talkhouse, and Art in America. She is currently directing episodes for Channel Zed - the world’s leading zombie apocalypse channel. Learn more at www.ilanarein.net.
Sara Walker
Astrobiologist/Theoretical Physicist
Sara Walker is an astrobiologist and theoretical physicist interested in the origin of life and how to find life on other worlds. She is an associate professor at the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University, the deputy director of the Beyond Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science, and the associate director of the ASU-Santa Fe Institute Center for Biosocial Complex Systems. She is also a member of the board of directors of Blue Marble Space, and is a research scientist at the Blue Marble Space Institute of Science. Learn more at emergence.asu.edu.