EIFF 2011 - Five to try: Reel Science

Our picks for the Edinburgh International Film Festival's outsider strands

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This article is from 2011.

EIFF Five to try: Reel Science

Oliver Sacks

Oi! Get Your Grubby Hands out of My Brain

A film-initiated debate about the growing commercial application of neuro-imaging, epigenetics and other futuristically-named brain technologies. Do you really want to know if you are going to pass on madness to your children? Or if a degenerative mental illness awaits you in old age? And is this form of mental profiling marketable or even ethical or legal? These questions and more will be up for discussion.
Filmhouse, Sat 25 Jun, 1.15pm.

Project Nim

Director James Marsh’s documentary about the research programme to try and teach a chimpanzee to talk. The screening on Mon 20 Jun will be followed by a discussion with a bio-ethicist.
Cameo, Sat 18 Jun, 5.30pm. George Square Theatre, Mon 20 Jun, 6pm.

Rich Pickings: Disappearing Act

Short films exploring dementia, followed by a discussion with filmmakers, scientists and those who have experienced dementia.
Inspace, Sat 18 Jun, 5pm. Free but ticketed.

Oliver Sacks: Tales of Music and the Brain

A screening of a documentary about neurologist Dr Oliver Sacks’ book Musicophila: Tales of Music and the Brain, in which Alan Yentob probes the good doctor’s thoughts on the neurological effects of music. The film will be followed by a discussion led by Dr Katie Overy (Institute for Music in Human and Social Development) and Nigel Osborne (Reid Professor of Music, University of Edinburgh).
Filmhouse, Fri 17 Jun, 5.30pm.

Pandemic Double-Bill: 28 Days Later and Panic in the Streets

Two classics of epidemic cinema followed by a discussion led by a member of the Centre for Infectious Diseases, University of Edinburgh.
Filmhouse, Sun 26 Jun, 3pm.

This article is from 2011.

Edinburgh International Film Festival

The oldest continually running film festival in the world, the EIFF draws on its prestige to consistently present abundant programmes of new features, documentaries, retrospectives, shorts, panel discussions and educational workshops, with a few high profile premieres thrown in for good measure.

Oi! Get Your Grubby Hands Out of My Brain

Edinburgh International Film Festival: Reel Science Fantastically expensive only a decade ago, the increasing affordability of FMRI has birthed a new industry - commercial application of neuroimaging. The recent discovery of epigenetics, including predicting possible future presentations of genetic defects, bring…

Oliver Sacks: Tales of Music and The Brain

  • 2008
  • UK
  • 90 min
  • Directed by: Louise Lockwood
  • Cast: Oliver Sacks

Edinburgh International Film Festival: Reel Science Neurologist Dr Oliver Sacks has made the study of the human brain his life's work. His book, Musicophila: Tales of Music and the Brain, explores people dealing with extraordinary neurological conditions and how music works in their minds in strange and surprising…

Rich Pickings: Disappearing Act

Edinburgh International Film Festival: Reel Science This event presents a series of short films exploring the disease in its many forms, from the viewpoint of sufferers and carers alike. Alongside affecting tales of loss, confusion and isolation, this wandering journey offers unexpected moments of comic absurdity…

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