The Tull Family Theater is honored to be one of only 37 art house cinemas nationwide selected to tailor Science on Screen®, a STEM-based speaker-and-film series, to Western Pennsylvania. Science on Screen is an initiative of the Coolidge Corner Theatre, in partnership with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

As the Coolidge Corner Theatre explains, “Each film is used as a jumping off point for the speaker to reveal current scientific research or technological advances, providing the perfect combination of entertainment and enlightenment—even for the most science-phobic culture vulture!”

At The Tull Family Theater, speakers and panels will give 15- to 20-minute presentations and take questions from the audience before each screening.

  • Thursday, February 20, 7:30 pm

  • Sunday, March 1, 12:00 pm

Fantastic Fungi

Not Rated | 1h 21min | Documentary
Director: Louie Schwartzberg
Stars: Eugenia Bone, Lori Carris, Mary P. Cosimano

This year’s series kicks off with the eye-popping, mind-bending Fantastic Fungi. The film provides an incredible time-lapse journey into the mysterious and medicinal world of mushrooms and their kin, capturing their ability to heal, sustain and regenerate life.

Speaker: Ann (Fluff) Berger, Vice President and Education Chair of the Western Pennsylvania Mushroom Club, shares the magic and lure of local mushrooms.

Berger, a member of the WPMC Board since 2014, is an official WPMC Identifier, assisting in mushroom identification at monthly meetings and at the annual Lincoff Foray. She will share some of her widely published mushroom photography in her 15-minute presentation, and call upon her experiences on Mushroom Education Day. In the last year alone, Berger led walks at Sewickley Heights Borough Park, the Audubon Greenway and Devil’s Hollow.

Fantastic Fungi promises not to disappoint. Simply put by the Hollywood Reporter: “Eye-opening eye candy.”

“One of the year’s most mind-blowing, soul-cleansing and yes, immensely entertaining triumphs,” raves

This “delightfully kooky documentary, Fantastic Fungi, offers nothing less than a model for planetary survival,” declares the New York Times.

  • Tuesday, March 3, 7:30 pm

A Birder’s Guide to Everything

PG-13 | 1h 26min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Director: Rob Meyer
Stars: Kodi Smit-McPhee, James Le Gros, Daniela Lavender

David Portnoy, a fifteen-year-old birding fanatic, thinks that he’s made the discovery of a lifetime. So, on the eve of his father’s remarriage, he escapes on an epic road trip with his best friends to solidify their place in birding history.

“You don’t have to be a birder to enjoy it. The movie shows that seeking the rare and elusive is often more than just a physical quest; it also is a spiritual journey that changes the seeker.” Guardian

“The trek through the serene, beautiful woods highlights the banter between the quartet as truths are unveiled and friendships strengthened. The young actors shine revealing lights on their characters.” Chicago tribune

  • Thursday, April 16, 9:00 am & 11:00 am

Dream Big: Engineering Our World

G | 42mins | Documentary, Short
Narrated by: Jeff Bridges

“Meet the next generation of dreamers, who will shape our future, powered only by imagination.” DREAM BIG celebrates the human ingenuity behind engineering marvels big and small, and shows how engineers push the limits of innovation in unexpected and amazing ways.

“STEM-themed docu will inspire kids to become engineers.” Sandie Angulo Chen
Common Sense Media

“The film proves a rousing, and ravishing, call-to-engineering-arms for future generations, and should receive a welcome reception from its young target audience.” Nick Schager, Variety

A visual and informational delight. It travels the world and explores how engineering not only improves everyday lives but also makes us all safer. Michael Heaton, Cleveland Plain Dealer

An uncomplicated look at a complex subject that gets information across without talking down to its predominately young audience. Linda Barnard, Toronto Star

  • Thursday, April 30, 7:30 pm

Keep the Change

NR | 1h 34mins | Comedy, Romance
Starring: Samantha Elisofon, Brandon Polansky, Jessica Walter

Keep the Change, winner for best picture at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, follows the developing romantic relationship between two individuals with autism, offering a refreshingly honest portrait of a community seldom depicted on the big screen.

“This gently humorous, fiercely honest indie film is a step forward in the quest for a move inclusive Hollywood, which seems to be one of the themes of the cultural moment.” – Kerry Lengel, Arizona Republic

“A heartwarming, compassionate story with compelling performances elevating the already-fresh and funny material.” – Brigid Preseckym FF2 Media

“Keep the Change” isn’t a film for cynics, but romantics will find plenty to warm their hearts here. – Kimbers Myers, Los Angeles Time

“Keep the Change may be a breakthrough in its focus on real people with intellectual disabilities, but it’s especially commendable for providing positive examples of how the nondisabled can create inclusive environments for all.” – Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader