The only science fair I ever entered was the one Sister Miriam held at St. Mary Mother of Jesus school in Brooklyn. Sister Miriam was awesome. She also didn't last long as a nun. She cared too much and was more of a social action person that simply getting to a nunnery just couldn't handle. She was also young and pretty hot, but that's my kid hormones remembering how great she and her science classes were. She was the one who lit the fire of learning for me. Not many people, even nuns, can light those fires, but she certainly did. My science fair entry was a Radio Shack hodgepodge of stuff to make a remote controlled box that moved around, umm, remotely. She liked it. It was pretty sad as an entry. I doubt I'd survive a real, full-blown, science fair like the one shown in this movie. How could I? Radio Shack isn't around anymore.
At a time when science keeps getting the backhand from government and the ignorant, we need science fairs more than ever. Science Fair opens in theaters beginning in New York on September 14, 2018; Los Angeles on September 21, 2018 and other cities following.
Here's the neatly pressed information for Science Fair.
Directed by first time feature filmmakers Cristina Costantini (also a former science fair winner in her teens) and Darren Foster, Science Fair follows nine high school students from around the globe navigating rivalries, setbacks, and of course, hormones, on their journey to compete at the international science fair. Facing off against 1,700 of the smartest, quirkiest teens from 78 different countries, only one will be named Best in Fair.
The Story: 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 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 and Muck 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.
Among the subjects the documentary follows include:
Kashfia, one of the only Muslim girls at a massive high school in South Dakota, who finds an unlikely kinship with her school’s head football coach who doubles as her science fair coach;
Myllena and Gabriel, teenagers from a poor town in Brazil, who see winning the science fair as their families’ key to escaping poverty; and
Dr. McCalla, a black science research teacher from Long Island, who has transformed her class of young immigrants into one of the best science fair teams in the world.
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