My Favorite Movie with Dr. France Córdova, Director of the National Science Foundation

Event Details

  • Date:

Dr. France Córdova, Director of the National Science Foundation, wants you to join her to watch October Sky, the 1999 film that skyrocketed Jake Gyllenhaal’s career and is about how the Soviet Union’s launch of the first Sputnik satellite triggered a new era of scientific innovation and basic research in America. Gyllenhaal plays a West Virginia miner’s son eager to reach for the stars as a rocketeer. An inspirational tale of determination and ingenuity, October Sky captures the human side of the space age.

Future Tense and the National Science Foundation will be screening October Sky at 6:30 p.m. on December 2nd at Washington, D.C.’s Landmark E Street Cinema at 555 11th Street NW. This is the latest installment of our “My Favorite Movie” series in which leaders in technology and science fields host their favorite movie, and a short discussion about it.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP to with your name, email address, and any affiliation you’d like to share. You may RSVP for yourself and up to one guest. Please include your guest’s name in your response. Seating is limited.