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PdOC Madame Mars Screening

PdOC invites you to a screening of the documentary-style movie Madame Mars: Women and the Quest for Worlds Beyond
When Jul 19, 2019
from 05:00 PM to 07:30 PM
Where Eastwood Room, Postdoc Centre @ Mill Lane
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Tickets are free!

 After the screening, Dr Ghina M. Halabi will moderate a conversation and Q&A with the film maker Jan Millsapps, and a short reading from Jan’s novel "Venus on Mars". 

Time: 17:00 - The film is 30 minutes long and will be followed by a conversation and Q&A, for approximately another 30 minutes.

Place: Eastwood Room, Postdoc Centre @ Mill Lane


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Madame Mars: Women and the Quest for Worlds Beyond reframes the early years of space exploration within the context of planned human missions to Mars and argues that, this time around, women will not be peripheral but critical to the success of eventual Martian outposts and settlements. The film has been presented at the United Nations “Space + 50” event in Vienna, Austria, at Puerto Rico’s famed Arecibo Observatory and at the New York Academy of Sciences’ Global STEM Summit, and has won awards at high-profile festivals, including a director’s choice at the Black Maria, first prize for a professional documentary at the Raw Science Film Festival, and a “Best of Fest” designation at the Sebastopol Film Festival. 
You can watch the trailer here


Jan Millsapps, Ph.D., is a veteran filmmaker, a pioneering figure in the new media movement, an early web innovator, and a versatile and accomplished writer.
She has produced films, videos, digital and interactive cinema on subjects ranging from domestic violence to global terrorism, and has written two space-themed novels: Screwed Pooch (2007) tells the story of Soviet space dog Laika; Venus on Mars (2015) blends the stories of three generations of women into one masterful and multi-layered saga examining our ongoing fascination with Mars.

Millsapps has spoken about the need for diversity in the space arena at several Mars Society Conventions, at the 2017 United Nations “Space for Women” experts meeting in New York, and at “SETI Talks” in 2018. She is a founding member of “Space for Women,” a global network of women working to empower and prepare women for careers in space sectors worldwide.

She is Professor Emeritus of Cinema at San Francisco State University, where she taught courses in digital cinema, interactive cinema, web cinema and short format screenwriting. She earned her B.A. with honors from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, her M.A. from Winthrop University, and her Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina. She holds an academic certificate in cosmology from the University of Central Lancashire in England. Jan’s unrealised - yet powerful - dream of becoming an astronaut was featured in the story Catching up With a Girl Left Behind on Scheherazade Speaks Science.

For More Information:
Madame Mars Poster