York U engineer creates computer models for Feature film Clara


Film to be screened at York University on November 27 at 7pm

TORONTO, November 26, 2018 – John Moores, associate professor in Earth Science and Space Engineering at the Lassonde School of Engineering, is internationally-known for his research in planetary science but now he’s got a new role to add to his resume: science consultant for a feature film. Moores provided visuals for the film, Clara, as well as computer code and graphs for the film's art department. At the producer’s request, he and McMaster University professor Doug Welch ensured the script met scientific standards.

Moores ran novel computer simulations about what some of the key plot points would look like in real life. He published a paper about an important part of the simulations in the journal, American Astronomical Society, earlier this year.

Moores is available for interviews and will also be on hand for the screening of the film at York University’s Nat Taylor Cinema on Tuesday. Clara is a drama featuring former Suits star Patrick J. Adams and actress Troian Bellisario. The film will be released in theatres on November 30.

What: Screening of the Film, Clara followed by joint Q&A with Professor Moores along with Professor Paul Delaney in the Faculty of Science

When: Tuesday November 27, 2018 at 7pm

Where: Nat Taylor Cinema, 102N, Ross Building

The film’s synopsis: Isaac Bruno (played by Patrick J. Adams) is an astronomer obsessed with searching the cosmos for signs of life beyond Earth, despite the collapse of his personal life right in front of him. His relentless research of the night sky leads him into the path of unqualified but confident amateur astronomer named Clara (played by Troian Bellisario). Working together, their efforts ultimately lead them to a shocking and profound scientific discovery.

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Media Contact for interviews or to attend screening: Anjum Nayyar, York University Media Relations, 416-736-2100 ext. 44543, anayyar@yorku.ca