Film explores beauty

BAR HARBOR — Film screenings and discussions that feature a real-life perspective on the research of The Jackson Laboratory will take place at the Jesup Memorial Library on consecutive Thursdays. The films will be shown at 7 p.m., following a community social at 6:30 p.m. The events are free and open to the public.

On Thursday, Oct. 6, the audience will see beauty through the lens of a photographer who left the fashion world and refocused his camera on those with genetic disorders. “On Beauty” follows Rick Guidotti, who grew frustrated with having to work within the restrictive parameters of the industry’s standard of beauty. After a chance encounter with a young woman who had the genetic condition albinism, he refocused his lens on those too often relegated to the shadows to change the way we see and experience beauty. Nadia Rosenthal, scientific director of The Jackson Laboratory, will lead a post-film discussion.

On Thursday, Oct. 13, the audience will explore the battle against ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). “So Much, So Fast” is a black-humored cliffhanger of romance, outsider science and the meaning of time. It follows the events set in motion when Stephen Heywood discovers he has ALS and his brother Jamie becomes obsessed with finding a cure. The discussion afterwards will be facilitated by Gregory Cox, an ALS researcher at The Jackson Laboratory.

No reservations are required. Visit or contact the Jesup at 288-4245 or [email protected]

Genetic Stories: A Film and Discussion Series is a partnership between The Jackson Laboratory and the Jesup Memorial Library in celebration of the Acadia Centennial. This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and is an IMLS/Cornerstones of Science project in conjunction with the Maine State Library.

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