Ben Althouse presenting Panic in the Streets. Elia Kazan's 1950s film noir follows a U.S. Public Health Service agent and a police detective as they race through the streets of New Orleans to prevent an outbreak of pneumonic plague.
Hear Althouse's interview on the Santa Fe Radio Cafe (22 minutes, March 27, 2014)
The movie, filmed entirely on location in New Orleans, won an Oscar for best writing and launched the genre of disease outbreak movies. Althouse will use the film as a backdrop to examine the history of public health response to infectious disease.
The show begins at 7:00 p.m. at the Center for Contemporary Arts (CCA), 1050 Old Pecos Trail, in Santa Fe. Advance tickets are recommended. For tickets and prices, call the CCA Box Office at 505-982-1338.
The Science On Screen series is a collaboration between SFI and the CCA. During each showing, an SFI scientist presents a favorite film, offering personal perspectives and insights from the world of science. It's an idea-rich spin on the movies.
SFI and CCA have presented 14 Science on Screen events since 2012. (Watch the 4-minute event trailer for Groundhog Day with Murray Gell-Mann, screened May 17, 2012, at the CCA.)