Athena Cinema presents Science on Screen with Buster Keaton’s “The General,” featuring an engineering expert and live music accompaniment
ATHENS, OH (June 6, 2019) —The Athena Cinema presents a special screening of the Buster Keaton classic “The General,” with live improvised musical accompaniment by Sean Parsons, and guest speaker, Engineering Professor Timothy Cyders, PhD, on Thursday, June 13 at 7 p.m. Admission is free.
Prior to the film, Cyders will give a special presentation on the topic of “Predicting Failure.” He will speak about engineering design and safety/engineering failure.
Before coming to OHIO in 2012, Cyders held various engineering positions in engineering testing, manufacturing and machine design for companies such as Dana Corporation and General Electric’s Consumer and Industrial division. He started his first business in 2008, and has done consulting work in design and manufacturing optimization for various industries since. He teaches courses focused on mechanical design, design process and materials. Cyders is also an assistant director at the Center for Advanced Materials Processing.
Pianist, composer and educator Sean Parsons is an assistant professor of Jazz Studies and Music Theory in OHIO’s School of Music. His music accompaniment to the silent thriller will provide an eeriness and immersive experience for audiences.
The Athena’s Science on Screen program, started in 2012, is a series of events pairing feature films and documentaries with presentations by acclaimed scientific experts and technological innovators. Science on Screen is an initiative of the Coolidge Corner Theatre, with major support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, where events are fun and engaging and offer these dynamic speakers an unexpected platform from which to teach us about their field of expertise in a way that is accessible to a diverse audience.
Patrons are encouraged to arrive 20 minutes before show time to secure a seat in advance. Due to the nature of this event, late entry will not be permitted. Tickets are available now and may be picked up in person at the theater.