• Free Screening of Hidden Figures (2016)

  • Mon, 03/23/2020 at 7:30 pm
  • Tampa Theatre
    711 N Franklin St
    33602 Tampa
Free Screening of Hidden Figures (2016) - Tampa Theatre - Tampa

In memory of the late Katherine Johnson and in celebration of Dr. Mae Jemison’s upcoming appearance on our historic stage, Tampa Theatre is proud to bring back this contemporary classic for a FREE Community Movie Night on March 23. 2h 7m / PG / Biography, DramaIn the space race of the early 1960s, tremendous amounts of American money, resources and engineering expertise were focused on one problem: putting John Glenn into a little metal box, shooting him into space, having him orbit the earth and then returning him safely to its surface. But in the days before electronic computers, the mind-boggling amount of math required to pull off such a feat demanded another price. Trained human computers, a core of dedicated professionals whose job was to rapidly and flawlessly perform the calculations needed for something as complex as space flight, were required to make this monumental project possible.Hidden Figures is the true story of some of those human computers, a story that the well-explored narratives of the space race have long ignored. In the segregated computing division of the early American space program, Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson) joins an elite all-male, all-white engineering division and struggles to have her voice heard as she proposes novel solutions of geometry and high-level mathematics. Her friend Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) is committed to helping the professional calculators she supervises retool for the inevitable arrival of digital computers and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe) fights a system that’s committed to keeping a black woman from entering a university engineering program. Katherine Johnson passed away earlier this month at the age of 101. Though we still have far to go, there is some solace to be taken from the fact that she lived to see her contribution to the world of science and space exploration finally being recognized and her status as an inspirational presence for women and people of color interested in STEM fields being trumpeted. Held back because of their race and dismissed because their gender, the women of Hidden Figures tell the triumphant story of three brilliant minds who forced the establishment to take notice, and helped bring the United States into the space age.