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The Effects of Modern Technology on Human Interaction

Join us for a free screening of Small, Beautifully Moving Parts with guest presenter and digital media expert, Molly Wright Steenson, Professor of Journalism at the University of Wisconsin. Also join us for a conversation and Q&A with co-director and OU Film Professor Annie J. Howell.

About the film

When technophile Sarah Sparks (Anna Margaret Hollyman) becomes pregnant, her uncertainties about motherhood trigger an impulsive road trip to the source of her anxiety: her long-estranged mother living far away and off-the-grid. A SXSW premiere and winner of the Sloan Feature Film Prize, Annie J. Howell and Lisa Robinson co-direct this comic coming-of-parenthood tale for the internet age.

About the speakers

Annie J. Howell is a screenwriter and director. Her first film, co-written and co-directed with Lisa Robinson, SMALL, BEAUTIFULLY MOVING PARTS (starring Anna Margaret Hollyman), premiered at SXSW in 2011 and went on to play over thirty festivals, including the Hamptons, Mill Valley, Denver, and RiverRun. The film received the Sloan Feature Film Prize, presented at the Hamptons, and the Audience Award at RiverRun, and went on to play in art house theaters across the nation to positive reviews from Variety, Huffington Post and NPR.


Biography provided by Steenson’s official website:

“I’m Molly Wright Steenson and I’m a designer, writer, speaker, and professor whose work focuses on the intersection and implications of design, architecture, and artificial intelligence. I’m the author of Architectural Intelligence: How Designers and Architects Created the Digital Landscape (MIT Press, 2017), which examines architecture’s interactions with computation, cybernetics, and artificial intelligence.

My book Architectural Intelligence is an architectural history of digital design and a digital history of architecture, with deep case studies on the work of Christopher Alexander, Richard Saul Wurman, Nicholas Negroponte, and Cedric Price, and the ways that their work influenced the development of contemporary digital design practices, including information architecture and interaction design. My second book Bauhaus Futures, co-edited with Laura Forlano and Mike Ananny, is a collection about what would keep the Bauhaus up at night if it were around today, and will appear in 2019. Both books are on MIT Press.”



Science on Screen® is an initiative of the Coolidge Corner Theatre, with major support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The Science on Screen program pairs films with a short talk with a scientist or technology expert. The free Science on Screen events are fun and engaging, offering dynamic speakers an unexpected jumping point to teach their field of expertise in a way that is accessible to a diverse audience.


Free admission to this event is provided by Arts for OHIO.


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Running Time: 73 Minutes73 MIN
Not Rated
This Film is Wheelchair Accessible

"Small, Beautifully Moving Parts" is a tiny, sweet gem.

Joe Neumaier
The New York Daily News