Science Art Cinema, a popular event series and a 2014 Knight Arts Challenge winner that celebrates science and art through the lens of film, is one of Frost Science’s innovative programs. The program seeks to bring art and science enthusiasts together by mixing science and science fiction films with performances and multimedia presentations.

On Thursday, August 31, 2017, Frost Science hosted the sold-out Science Art Cinema Film Festival in the Frost Planetarium. Guests enjoyed entertainment from Buffalo Brown, along with activations by the Miami Film Festival, FilmGate Miami and the Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Florida Moving Image Archives at Miami Dade College.

The program began with an introduction by fellow judges Dr. Jorge Perez-Gallego and Kevin Arrow of Frost Science, followed by remarks from Andrew Sherry, Vice President of Communications at the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The evening also featured a surprise video message from Christian Slater, who was on the set of the television series “Mr. Robot.”

The winners were announced after the screening of the official selections and are featured below:

  • 1st Place and Audience Choice: Metamorphosis of Plants by Urszula Zajaczkowska

  • 2nd Place: Space James by Michael J. Ruiz-Unger 

  • 3rd Place: Diviner Intervention by Emily Cussins

Winners were chosen by an esteemed jury of science and film professionals that included: Christian Slater, Actor, Director and Producer; Diliana Alexander, Filmgate Miami Executive Director; Dr. Elizabeth Losin, University of Miami Psychology Professor; Jaie Laplante, Miami Film Festival Executive Director; Dr. Jorge Perez Gallego, Frost Science; Barron Sherer, Obsolete Media Miami; and Kevin Arrow, Frost Science.

Science Art Cinema is made possible in part by The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation as part of its 2014 Knight Arts Challenge.

We would like to extend a big thank you to this year’s prize sponsors for their generous support and the extraordinary gifts they provided for our winning filmmakers. The first-place prize included a two-night stay at the JW Marriott Marquis Miami and the second-place prize included a two-night stay at The Confidante Miami Beach. Additionally, we would like to thank our museum’s Science Store for providing a wonderful assortment of Frost Science souvenirs.

2017 Science Art Cinema Jury Panel

Christian Slater currently stars as Mr. Robot in the Golden Globe Award-winning television series, "Mr. Robot." He will next star in "King Cobra" with James Franco. Recent film credits include Lars Von Trier's "Nymphomaniac" and another...

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Diliana Alexander is the Executive Director of FilmGate Miami, an organization which empowers Florida's visual storytellers and delivers a range of multidisciplinary programs in film, digital media, interactive and immersive content, virtual and augmented reality.  She...

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Dr. Elizabeth Losin is an Assistant Professor of Psychology and Director of the Social and Cultural Neuroscience Lab at the University of Miami. She received her PhD in Neuroscience from UCLA in 2012 and came...

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Jaie Laplante is an internationally recognized leader and influencer in film culture. As a critic and journalist in Canada in the late 1980s and 1990s, he published more than 400 pieces on contemporary commercial and international...

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Dr. Jorge Perez-Gallego is a multifaceted scientist, designer and educator, with a Ph.D. in astronomy and a Master of Fine Arts in design. As an astronomer, he has led an international team of colleagues in...

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Barron Sherer is a time-based media artist with a background in moving image archival practice and research. He graduated from the University of South Carolina with a B.A. in media arts. From there, he worked...

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Joining the museum in 2012, Kevin Arrow manages Frost Science’s physical collection, and acts as a liaison between the Museum and the contemporary art community. Arrow developed the Knight Arts Challenge-funded Science Art Cinema program,...

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Science Art Cinema is supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

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