[AMPAS] Hidden Figures / Modern Figures

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Hidden Figures/Modern Figures:
A Journey of Breakthroughs in Cinema and Space Travel

Presented by the Academy Science and Technology Council in Collaboration with NASA — originally held November 29, 2017.

This special public program featured the filmmakers behind Hidden Figures and NASA “Modern Figures” scientists. Moderated by Beverly J. Wood, the panel included Fox 2000 president Elizabeth Gabler, writer-director-producer Theodore Melfi, film editor Peter Teschner, cinematographer Mandy Walker, NASA historian Dr. Bill Barry and NASA engineers Tracy Drain, Jennifer Trosper and Powtawche Valerino.

Hidden Figures, which received three Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, deals with racism, gender bias, technology and triumph. Set at NASA’s facility in Hampton, Virginia, in the early 1960s, it tells the story of African-American women “computers” who fought to make a contribution to the space race, despite how they were viewed by society during this era of segregation and sexism. The program included clips from the film and a panel discussion about the past, present and future in space math, diversity and the movies.

This Academy Science and Technology Council program was made possible by generous support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Academy President John Bailey

Left to right: Beverly J. Wood, Elizabeth Gabler, Theodore Melfi, Peter Teschner, Mandy Walker and Dr. Bill Barry

NASA engineer Tracy Drain

Left to right: Beverly J. Wood, Tracy Drain, Powtawche Valerino, Jennifer Trosper and
Dr. Bill Barry

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