• Burden of Genius

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Burden of Genius

Fri.–Thurs., April 12–18
Science on Screen®: Presentation– Sat., April 13 at 4 pm

Relive the start of a medical revolution at Pittsburgh’s most advanced cinema. Burden of Genius tells the story of legendary transplant pioneer Dr. Thomas E. Starzl, who took what was once thought only the subject of science fiction—the idea of taking an organ from one person and transplanting it into another—and turned it into an everyday medical miracle, saving the lives of countless patients and transforming modern medicine.

Considered the “father of transplantation,” Starzl performed the world’s first successful liver transplant in 1967, but it wasn’t until he came to the University of Pittsburgh in 1981 that he perfected what was still considered an experimental procedure and helped what was then a Steel City struggling to reinvent itself become "the transplant capital of the world.”

Burden of Genius has captivated film festival audiences all over the world, winning Best Documentary prizes at the Cleveland International Film Festival and the Raw Science Film Festival in Los Angeles.

Several showings of Burden of Genius will feature special guests and speakers, including:

  • Fri., April 12: In honor of National Blue and Green Day–which promotes the success of organ, eye, and tissue transplantation and the need for registered donors–we will celebrate transplant recipients and donor families at the 4 pm screening. During this and for the entire run, CORE (Center for Organ Recovery & Education) will have a table where visitors can sign up to become organ donors.  Those who do so will receive a coupon for a free popcorn at the concession stand. 
  • Fri. April 12: Following the 7 pm screening, filmmaker Carl Kurlander, known for St. Elmo’s Fire and The Shot Felt ‘Round The World, will talk about the journey of being one of the producers on Burden of Genius.
  • Sat., April 13: After the 4 p.m. screening, Dr. Velma Scantlebury, a former Thomas E. Starzl Institute fellow and author of the new book, “Beyond Every Wall: Becoming America’s 1st Black Female Transplant Surgeon,” and Dr. Abhi Humar, Clinical Director of the Thomas E. Starzl Institute, will discuss the past, present, and future of transplantation as part of a Science on Screen discussion
  • Sat., April 13: After the 7 p.m. screening, Dr. George Mazariegos, Chief of the Pediatric Transplant Program of Children’s Hospital of UPMC
  • Sun., April 14: After the 4 p.m. screening, Scantlebury will be joined Joy Starzl, Dr. Starzl’s wife, who has some of the funniest and most heartfelt moments of the film Scantlebury will be signing her book. 

The Rangos Giant Cinema is honored to host the first public showings of the film for National Donate Life Month, appropriately in the town Starzl loved so much.

Reserving tickets in advance for this film is strongly encouraged. To purchase tickets for a group of 15+, please contact 412.237.3400.

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  • Senior and child prices are for 65 and over and 12 and under respectively.
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About The Rangos Giant Cinema

By virtue of the technology, colorful and comfortable architecture, and atmosphere of the new cinema, The Rangos is designed to be a destination that provides immersive and exciting experiences to our guests. After your stay, we want you to feel like you have visited the "Mother of all Theaters," as a member of our focus group described it.

The new cinema system will include two industry-leading Christie® laser-illuminated 4K laser digital projectors, which will dazzle you with bright, ultra-sharp images, and incredibly vivid colors. Coupled with a premium Dolby Atmos® multichannel surround sound system – a first for institutional giant screen theaters, which uses a huge array of front, back, side and overhead speakers – you will be completely immersed in the action.

In addition to a continued focus on the awe-inspiring mission-centric documentaries that the Rangos Theater has become known for over the past 26 years, this new technology will provide extensive new capabilities and significant opportunities for you to enjoy a broad range of dynamic content. From Hollywood feature films, film festivals, cult and classic films, to educational and event films, 3D experiences, and extreme special effects, look for something new, exciting, and unique every month.

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