Science on Screen! BOMBSHELL: THE HEDY LAMARR STORY (Free for Members) with Guest Speaker Katherine Jin

| 2017 | 90 minutes | | ,
Alexandra Dean

Thursday January 25, 2018

$12 General Admission, Free for Members,
$7 child age 14 or younger
Doors Open for admissions 30 min. prior to screening
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Alexandra Dean

This film is part of our Science on Screen® Program, which is supported by The Coolidge Corner Theatre Foundation as well as the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Guest Speaker Katherine Jin, COO and Co-Founder of Kinnos, will share her experience as an inventor.

When Nazi U-Boats torpedo a ship carrying 83 school children during World War II, Hollywood movie star, Hedy Lamarr, decides to exact revenge. At night, after shooting her scenes on set, she works on a secret radio system that will allow the Allies to torpedo Nazi U-Boats with deadly accuracy. Her sketches remain ideas until a chance encounter with an eccentric composer enables her to transform them into useful technology. The secret communication system she creates is groundbreaking and eventually changes the course of history. It would make a terrific fictional film, but this story happens to be true. Hedy Lamarr, the screen siren who was called “the most beautiful woman in the world” and starred alongside Hollywood giants like Spencer Tracy, Jimmy Stewart and Clark Gable, invented a wireless form of communication called “frequency hopping” that revolutionized mobile communications all over the world, a feat that would directly lead to the creation of secure communications for wireless phones, Bluetooth, GPS and WiFi technology itself.

Katherine Jinn Headshot

Katherine Jin is the COO and Co-Founder of Kinnos, a New York-based company that’s raising the standard of infectious disease decontamination to protect healthcare workers, patients, and the general public. Their first product, Highlight, is a patent-pending additive that greatly improves visibility, coverage, and end-user compliance of disinfectants. Highlight is used by HazMat and biosafety units, was a grantee of the USAID Fighting Ebola Grand Challenge, and has been field-tested in Liberia, Guinea, and Haiti. Kinnos has additionally been recognized as winners of the Lemelson-MIT Student Prize, Collegiate Inventors Competition, and Columbia Venture Competition, and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, NPR, and PBS NewsHour, among others. For her work in health and entrepreneurship, Katherine was a 2016 inductee of Forbes 30 Under 30 in Healthcare, has been featured by the United Nations in celebration of International Day of Women and Girls in Science, and was named to the inaugural list of The Tempest’s #40WomentoWatch. Katherine graduated from Columbia University in 2016 as a Coca-Cola Scholar with a double major in computer science and biology.

























"Recognition (and compensation) proved elusive in Lamarr's lifetime, but in this marvelous documentary, a brilliant woman - "I'm a very simple, complicated person" - finally gets her due."--Chuck Wilson, Village Voice

"There are Hollywood biographies, then there are fascinating lives. One of the most beautiful - and arguably the smartest - actresses of all time could certainly claim the latter."--Bob Strauss, Los Angeles Daily News


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