The Grand Cinema and Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department have teamed up to show the 1995 cult film 12 Monkeys, prefaced by a presentation from health department experts on the spread and prevention of infectious diseases. The sci-fi film stars Bruce Willis, with excellent supporting performances from Brad Pitt and Madeleine Stowe. The twisting plot follows James Cole (Willis) on his journey back and forth in time to try to prevent the outbreak of a pandemic that has devastated the earth’s surface and doomed humanity to live underground. Prior to the film, the health departments’ Dr. James Bales, an emerging diseases expert, and Nigel Turner, director of the department’s Communicable Disease Control division, will offer a brief but entertaining presentation regarding how to research and plan for dangerous viral outbreaks that are becoming an increasing concern in our international world.
The event is part of the Grand Cinema’s “Science on Screen” series, which seeks to pair popular films with interesting and relevant introductions by members of the science community. A non-profit theatre, the Grand Cinema’s vision is to be “the premier venue for enriching lives and enhancing the cultural vitality of the community through the art of film.” Having received a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the Coolidge Corner Theatre Foundation, the Grand Cinema is bringing “Science on Screen” to the South Sound for the first time. The 12 Monkeys feature on the 27th is the second part of the three-part series, with a showing of Obselidia and introduction by Tacoma Community College anthropology professor Dr. Elizabeth Fortenbery coming on July 25. Purchase tickets ($9 general admission, discounts for seniors and members) in-person at the Grand Cinema or online.