Tampa Theatre takes very seriously its mission to not only entertain but to enlighten its guests. After all, a movie theatre with a single screen could never have survived for more than 90 years if all it did was present regular movies. That was a driving reason behind the creation of their newest film series, CinemaSTEM.
The new series pairs popular movies with talks from experts in particular fields to discuss themes of science, technology, engineering and math in film — even films that may not appear to be about those topics on the surface. The quarterly series presents movies and discussion topics that are useful and appropriate for children and adults.
It kicked off in May with a screening of Christopher Guest’s classic comedy Best In Show. Along with the movie was a discussion with Jay Stutz, assistant Curator of Zoological Operations at Busch Gardens Tampa and the former host of Animal Planet’s Good Dog U, about the psychology of dog training and his experience as an animal expert behind the scenes in the movie business.
Engaging Local Experts
Tampa Theatre is working with a wide variety of community partners, from the Tampa Bay STEM Network and USF to Busch Gardens and the Florida Aquarium to identify engaging speakers who are passionate about presenting their realm of expertise to the public.
STEM education is garnering attention like never before, and Tampa Theatre hopes by that linking working professionals in STEM fields with the creative arts through film, CinemaSTEM will remind students of all ages that learning can be, and should be, enjoyable and fulfilling.
Every year as the weather turns warm in Tampa Bay, a few topics float up to the top of mind: sunscreen, swimsuits, and hurricane season. Most residents have had to deal with hurricane impact on their lives at some level, especially given the storms of last year. And everyone knows that nagging anxiety about whether this year will bring the big one, the “perfect storm.”
And so Tampa Theatre’s next CinemaSTEM presentation will be showing The Perfect Storm on Friday, July 13 at 4:00 pm. The film is a fictionalized and star-studded retelling of the Andrea Gail disaster, in which a fishing vessel caught in the Halloween Nor’easter of 1991 went down with all hands.
After the movie, FOX 13’s Good Day Tampa Bay meteorologist, Dave Osterberg, will talk about the weather patterns that created “the perfect storm,” what a perfect storm in Tampa Bay would look like, and some tips on weathering the 2018 hurricane season.
Dave’s interest in hurricanes began in 1985 when Hurricane Gloria came through his hometown, and he has been predicting the weather in the Bay area for more than 14 years. He knows as well as anyone that a specific confluence of meteorological events would be especially dangerous for the Tampa Bay area, and those circumstances do not necessarily correspond directly to the raw strength of the storm.
The Perfect Storm (2000)
- Starring George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, John C. Reilly and William Fichtner
CinemaSTEM is presented by TECO and is sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, Florida Council on Arts and Culture, the Arts Council of Hillsborough County and the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners.