NEWPORT — Rhode Islanders will have a chance to see the film science lovers have been raving about on Thursday.
“Bill Nye: Science Guy,” will be shown tonight at Newport’s Casino Theatre and will be followed by a conversation with director and cinematographer David Alvarado.
An award-winning documentary filmmaker with a passion for science, philosophy, and human rights, Alvarado will be joined by Sunshine Menezes, executive director of Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting, who will moderate the discussion.
“We open the film with a quote from Carl Sagan, ‘Science is far from a perfect instrument of knowledge. It’s just the best we have. In this respect, as in many others, it’s like democracy,’” said Alvarado. “This is what we hope people learn from the film.”
“Bill Nye is a man on a mission: to stop the spread of anti-scientific thinking across the world,” he said.
The former star of the popular kids show “Bill Nye The Science Guy” is now the CEO of The Planetary Society, an organization founded by Bill’s mentor Carl Sagan, where he’s launching a solar propelled spacecraft into the cosmos and advocating for the importance of science, research, and discovery in public life.
With intimate and exclusive access — vas well as plenty of wonder and whimsy — this behind-the-scenes portrait of Nye follows him as he takes off his Science Guy lab coat and takes on those who deny climate change, evolution, and a science-based world view. The film features Bill Nye, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Ann Druyan, and many others.
The show takes place Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Casino Theatre, 9 Freebody St., Newport. Tickets are $15 for adults, $8 for children 18 and under, and $10 for college students.
Patrons with bracelets from the Newport Winter Festival will receive $3 off at the door.