Field Trips: Cinema Science with the Field Museum!

Tue, Apr 4th, 2017
Tue, May 9th, 2017

The Field Museum heads to the Music Box Theatre on a few field trips! These educational and entertaining events combine film and cinema and go behind Hollywood. Join us to delve into the reality and science behind the silver screen!

Join The Field Museum at the Music Box Theatre for a special series of film screenings dedicated to diving into the science behind some of Hollywood’s greatest blockbusters. For each of these screenings The Field Museum will bring science professionals and lecturers to the Music Box Theatre to introduce the films and provide a forum for discussion following the film. So grab your backpack and your notebook for this amazing series that partners two great Chicago Institutions!

Upcoming Events

WINGED MIGRATION - Tuesday, April 4th at 7pm

Featuring a discussion with John Bates, Associate Curator of Birds and head of the Life Sciences section of Integrated Research at the Field Museum.

THE MARTIAN - Tuesday, May 9th at 7pm

Featuring a discussion with Philipp R. Heck, the Robert A. Pritzker Associate Curator of Meteoritics and Polar Studies.


Tickets are $11 each
Music Box Member Tickets are $7 each

Movies & Showtimes for
Field Trips: Cinema Science with the Field Museum!

Tue, Mar 14th


The Martian

A FILM BY: Ridley Scott
WRITTEN BY: Drew Goddard
STARRING: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Peña

During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. Millions of miles away, NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring “the Martian” home, while his crewmates concurrently plot a daring, if not impossible rescue mission. As these stories of incredible bravery unfold, the world comes together to root for Watney’s safe return. Based on a best-selling novel, and helmed by master director Ridley Scott, THE MARTIAN features a star studded cast that includes Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara, Michael Peña, Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Donald Glover.

This screening features a discussion with Field Museum expert Philipp R. Heck.

Philipp R. Heck is the Robert A. Pritzker Associate Curator of Meteoritics and Polar Studies at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, IL. He is also an Associate Professor (part time) at the University of Chicago's Department of the Geophysical Sciences and the College, and a member of the Chicago Center for Cosmochemistry. As the curator in charge and head of the Robert A. Pritzker Center for Meteoritics and Polar Studies, Philipp R. Heck oversees the collection of meteorites, the largest meteorite collection housed at a private research institution. Other responsibilities include the curation of the gem, mineral, rock and economic geology collections.

Technical Information

Production Year: 2015
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 144 mins
Format: DCP


A FILM BY: Anthony C. Ferrante
WRITTEN BY: Thunder Levin
STARRING: Ian Ziering, Tara Reid, John Heard

When a freak hurricane swamps Los Angeles, nature's deadliest killer rules sea, land, and air as thousands of sharks terrorize the waterlogged populace.

This screening features a discussion with SHARKNADO writer Thunder Levin & Field Museum expert Kevin Feldheim

CH Vodka will present tastings, including a delicious hurricane cocktail in The Music Box Theatre Lounge!

Thunder Levin is a feature film and television director and writer. He was born and raised in New York City and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Film from NYU before moving to Los Angeles to take over Hollywood at age 23. He has written and directed three films: “Mutant Vampire Zombies From The ‘Hood!”, an independent horror/comedy starring C. Thomas Howell; “American Warships” a military action film starring Mario Van Peebles & Carl Weathers which premiered on the Syfy Channel in May 2012; and“AE Apocalypse Earth”, a science fiction film starring Adrian Paul & Richard Grieco released in May 2013. Additionally, he wrote the screenplays for the street racing action film “200 MPH”, and the pop culture phenomenon “Sharknado” series of TV movies for the Syfy Channel. He lives in Santa Monica, CA and is developing several TV series, feature film projects, and a comic book series. He is a lifelong sailor and car enthusiast who’s recently taken up motorcycle riding and is at work on his first novel. Thunder is his real name. Please don’t ask why. 

Kevin Feldheim is the A. Watson III Manager of the Pritzker Laboratory for Molecular Systematics and Evolution. His research focuses on inferring the mating system and population biology of sharks using genetic markers called microsatellites, although he is broadly interested in many organisms. Microsatellites are short, tandem repeats in DNA that are extremely useful in identifying individuals. In fact, these are the same types of genetic markers that are used in court cases and paternity tests. The Field Museum use these markers in their DNA lab to answer similar questions in other animals, plants, and fungi.

Technical Information

Production Year: 2013
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 86 mins
Format: DCP

Winged Migration

A FILM BY: Jacques Perrin, Jacques Cluzaud
WRITTEN BY: Jean Dorst (collaboration), Stéphane Durand
STARRING: Jacques Perrin, Philippe Labro

The landmark documentary that presents an epic portrait of winter bird migration. Filmed on all seven continents over four years, the footage is brought together into one journey that's uniformly arduous for all kinds of different birds.

Featuring a discussion with Field Museum expert John Bates.

John Bates is an Associate Curator of Birds and head of the Life Sciences section of Integrated Research at the Field Museum.  He did his doctorate at Louisiana State University and was a post doctoral fellow at the American Museum of Natural History.  Over the last twenty-two years in Chicago, he and his students have studied genetic structure and morphology in birds to understand how behaviors such as migration have influenced evolutionary patterns.  

Technical Information

Production Year: 2001
Country of Origin: France
Language: French
Run Time: 89 mins
Format: 35mm

Music Box Theatre

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