Mountainfilm: “Science Fair” at Annual Film Night Fundraiser, 12/26

Mountainfilm: “Science Fair” at Annual Film Night Fundraiser, 12/26

Save the date. Join Telluride’s Mountainfilm for its annual film night fundraiser. The event, which takes place Wednesday, December 26, 5 p.m. & again at 7:30 p.m., features a silent auction, including Wagner Custom Skis.

Hailed by critics as “immensely likeable,” “brilliant and quirky” and an “ode to the teenage science geeks on who our future depends,” and winner of the audience award at Sundance and SXSW, National Geographic Documentary Films’ SCIENCE FAIR (90 minutes) follows nine high school students from around the globe as they navigate rivalries, setbacks and, of course, hormones, on their journey to compete at The International Science and Engineering Fair.

As 1,700 of the smartest, quirkiest teens from 78 different countries face off, only one will be named Best in Fair. The film, from Fusion Media and directed by the DuPont Award-winning and Emmy-nominated documentary filmmaking team Cristina Costantini and Darren Foster, offers a front seat to the victories, defeats and motivations of an incredible group of young men and women who are on a path to change their lives, and the world, through science.

Here’s what Monica Castillo of had to say about the doc:

Cristina Costantini and Darren Foster’s “Science Fair” is a feel-good look at the International Science and Engineering Fair, which draws over 1,500 high schoolers from over 70 countries to compete with proposed engineering feats, computer projects and ideas to prevent or cure cancer. To scale it down to size, the documentary follows about nine hopefuls—including quirky nerds, semi-popular kids and slick presenters with practiced elevator pitches—on their journey to the competition.

“Science Fair” melts your heart almost as soon as it begins, with an emotional clip that went viral of a young winner who is so overjoyed, he cries on stage while holding his award. A few years later, that student, Jack Andraka, is now a researcher in his early 20s, excitedly explaining what winning the ISEF means for the new generation of students hoping to follow in his footsteps…

Continue reading here.

Now check out the trailer:

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