From the society that
made tiny Jeep-like cars highly prone to flipping sponsored the expedition that sent the first man to the North Pole, the inaugural GEOfest's a week of unique, world-spanning, often adrenaline-charged documentaries accompanied by a sweet dinner that's themed to correlate with the film, so luckily they're not screening How To Eat Fried Worms...ewwww! Some of the showcases:
Positively Polar, Franklin Institute
The Flick: This IMAX jawn chronicles three years of terror and hardship during the very much failed Antarctic expedition of Sir Ernest Shackleton and his crew, on which their ship was torn apart by ice, leading them to camp on floes for six months, somehow make their way to multiple uninhabited islands, and eventually get rescued by whalers, even though Hartford sounds worse than all that other stuff.
The Food: A Frog Commissary dinner in the planetarium, which includes wines and vodka over ice, ice-block-looking chafing dishes loaded with baked rigatoni and sausage/sage penne, plus desserts like white cranberry sno-cones and vanilla ice cream smothered in hot La Colombe, though Grand Theft Auto fans should keep in mind that anyone offering "hot coffee" here does not want to have sex. Probably.
Oceans 8, Bryn Mawr Film Institute
The Flick: Follow the tale of a very reasonable dude who thought sea-kayaking his way through all the world’s oceans to understand how Aleutian, Vietnamese, and Gabonese folk depend on the seas was a really good idea.
The Food: The pre-show dinner at Tango'll hit you with appropriately sea-centric grub like fried shrimp dumplings in a sweet soy sauce, roughy filets stuffed with crab meat & spinach, and fish tacos packed with shredded chipotle mayo and fried cod, thankfully more than a piece...of cod. Codpiece.
Northern Europe & South/Central America, Academy of Natural Sciences
The Flick: Two badassedly artsy looks at everything from the volcanoes of Nicaragua, to the architectural gems of Amsterdam, Prague, and St. Petersburg, to the Galapagos Islands. #Darwinning
The Food: A globe-spanning dinner from 12th St Catering'll roll out between films, with Russian borscht, a hearty Chilean beef stew called Cazuela de Vaca, grilled pear/candied walnut salad, and assorted Euro breads, aka money that thankfully couldn't possibly been spent on Geos.