Jesse Schell to Speak at the Coolidge Corner Theatre – Oct 11

by Darius Kazemi on October 4, 2010

in Event announcements

On Monday, October 11 at 7 pm, the Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline presents a special showing of the cult favorite HACKERS, together with a pre-screening talk by renowned video game designer Jesse Schell, founder and CEO of Schell Games and former chair of the International Game Developers Association.

In Iain Softley’s 1995 cyberthriller, hacking genius Dade “Zero Cool” Murphy (Jonny Lee Miller of Trainspotting) is the new kid in a New York City high school, where he meets a group of fellow teen hackers. This corps of videogame-loving “keyboard cowboys” likes to wreak some good-natured cyber havoc – until they encounter The Plague (Fisher Stevens), an evil former hacker turned head of computer security at a multinational conglomerate. When they learn that The Plague is plotting to frame them for his own nefarious crimes, the young computer whizzes devise a plan to bring him down. Angelina Jolie co-stars as Dade’s love interest Kate aka Acid Burn (a gorgeous, tough-talking Angelina Jolie) and Matthew Lillard, as resident wild man Cereal Killer. The film features enormous videogame imagery, a cyberpunk attitude, and a terrific electronica soundtrack.

Game designer Jesse Schell is known for his theory of the “Gamepocalypse,” a future where games converge with reality and everything in life is a game. “Hackers is an interesting movie,” says Schell, “because its captures the growing sense that the main purpose of technology is for fun and games.” Before the screening, Schell discusses which parts of Hackers have come true, will come true, and will never come true, and some of the cool things we can expect in gaming and technology.

Schell is professor of entertainment technology at Carnegie Mellon University and founder and CEO 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. He served as director and chairman of the International Game Developers Association from 2003 – 2005, and was named one of the world’s top 100 innovators by MIT’s Technology Review in 2004. His book The Art of Game Design was Game Developer Magazine’s 2008 book of the year.

This program is part of the Coolidge Corner Theatre’s ongoing Science on Screen series, in which the Coolidge presents a feature film or documentary with a connection to science or technology, paired with pre-screening talks by outstanding experts in a related field. This monthly series is co-presented by the Museum of Science, Boston and New Scientist magazine.

Tickets are $9.75 regular admission, $7.75 students and Museum of Science members, and free for Coolidge Corner Theatre members. Tickets are available online at www.coolidge.org or at the Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard Street, Brookline. For more information, visit www.coolidge.org/science or call 617/734-2500.

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