As part of its ongoing Science on Screen series, the Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline will present a special showing of HACKERS together with a presentation by renowned game designer Jesse Schell, founder and CEO of Schell Games and former chair of the International Game Developers Association, on Monday, October 11 at 7:00 pm.

HACKERS, starring Angelina Jolie, Jonny Lee Miller, and Matthew Lillard, pits a group of Nintendo-generation “keyboard cowboys” against an evil former hacker turned corporate computer security chief who is trying to frame them for his own nefarious crimes.  Featuring enormous videogame imagery, a ’90s cyberculture aesthetic, and a terrific electronica soundtrack (not to mention discussion of wildly futuristic devices like 28.8k modems), this 1995 film is a cult favorite. 

Guest speaker Jesse Schell has created a stir with his theory of the “Gamepocalypse,” a future “beyond Facebook,” where games have converged with reality to the point that everything in life is a game. “Hackers is a fascinating movie,” he says, “because its captures the growing sense that the main purpose of technology is for fun and games.”  Before the film, Schell will talk about which parts of HACKERS have come true, will come true, and will never come true, and where technology and gaming are headed.

Schell is professor of entertainment technology at Carnegie Mellon University and founder of Schell Games, a Pittsburgh-based company which specializes in creating online games, interactive theme park attractions, console and handheld games, and virtual worlds. Previously, he was the creative director of the Disney Imagineering Virtual Reality Studio.  The former chair of the International Game Developers Association, Shell is also the author of The Art of Game Design, Game Developer magazine’s 2008 book of the year.  In 2004, he was named one of the world’s Top 100 Young Innovators by MIT’s Technology Review.  

Tickets are $9.75 general admission, $7.75 students and Museum of Science members, and free for Coolidge Corner Theatre members, and may be purchased at www.coolidge.org or at the Coolidge box office, 290 Harvard Street, Brookline.  For more information about this event and about Science on Screen, visit www.coolidge.org/science.

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