Don’t miss the eye-opening “Science Fair” documentary, which won the audience favorite award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Directed by Darren Foster and science-fair vet Cristina Costantini, it may inspire a young science buff to overcome obstacles, accept defeat and keep chasing dreams.
This 90-minute film is a compelling, behind-the-scenes look at the dedicated kids who vie for a spot at the prestigious Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, giving screentime to a hero in our midst, Dr. Serena McCalla, a devoted teacher from Jericho High School on Long Island, who mentored her students into taking home an astonishing pile of awards from last year’s fair.
It’s surprising to see some of these prodigies succeed despite an astonishing lack of encouragement from their school community. While they can’t all be winners, they are all gifted, and their excitement is contagious.
“Science Fair,” rated PG, with some subtitles, opens at The Landmark at 57 West, 657 West 57th St. at 12th Avenue in Manhattan, beginning Sept. 14; www.landm