California Film Institute San Rafael, CA


Eugenie Scott

Anthropologist; Former director, National Center for Science Education

Contact— Science vs. faith

Anthropologist Eugenie Scott, a long-time champion of science-based education, discusses the tension between widely accepted scientific facts and devoutly held religious beliefs.

California Film Institute San Rafael, CA

Film Synopsis

Dr. Ellie Arroway, after years of searching, finds conclusive radio proof of intelligent aliens, who send plans for a mysterious machine.

In this Robert Zemeckis-directed adaptation of the Carl Sagan novel, Dr. Ellie Arroway (Jodie Foster) is a headstrong scientist who races to interpret a signal originating from the Vega star system. An incredible message is found hidden in the signal, containing the plans for a mysterious machine. But once first contact with an extraterrestrial intelligence is proven, Arroway must contend with inflexible National Security Advisor Michael Kitz (James Woods) and religious fanatics bent on containing the implications of such an event.