Seattle: PhD Movie 2 — Screening and Reception
Thursday, Feb 25, 2016
07:00 pm - 09:30 pm
Deadline to RSVP: Feb. 23
Join your local alumni and families for a movie screening and reception!
The PhD Movie 2
Written and Produced by Jorge Cham
Directed by Iram Parveen Bilal (BS ’04)
(This film is not officially rated, but it's family friendly!!)
"Piled Higher and Deeper: Still in Grad School" is the sequel to the film adaptation of the popular comic strip "Piled Higher and Deeper" by Jorge Cham and directed by Caltech alumna Iram Parveen Bilal (BS ’04).
Like the comics and the first movie, the film takes a smart and humorous look at the world of Academia through the eyes of four grad students, and features real academics (including a Nobel Prize winner!) in many of the roles.
The Nameless Grad Student and his group must travel to an important academic conference and square off against a rival group as they compete for results and grant money. Meanwhile, Cecilia's advisor is going on sabbatical, which means she has to finish writing her thesis or be stuck in grad school another year.
The PHD Movie 2 was funded in large part by Kickstarter backers (including COINS and Papers) and was filmed on location at Caltech. The film was produced as part of a continued collaboration between PHD Comics and Caltech's Institute for Quantum Information and Matter.
7:00 p.m. — Screening
8:00 p.m. — Q&A with director Iram Bilal
9:00 p.m. — Dessert reception
9:30 p.m. — Event concludes
Your $10 entry helps cover the cost of film screening and concessions. Children under 15 are free with your admission.
Iram P. Bilal (BS ’04), Director
Raised in Nigeria and Pakistan, Iram Parveen Bilal is a Physics Olympian turned filmmaker. Her first feature, JOSH, a 2012 Women in Film awardee, enjoyed theatrical and ancillary distribution success in multiple territories. Her next feature project, FORBIDDEN STEPS, a film about Islamophobia and Dance, is a Film Independent writer/director lab project, scheduled for filming in Spring 2016 in Chicago.
She is also developing her TV Series THE PIONEERS, which showcases the mass migration from South Asia to the UK in the 1950s in response to Queen Elizabeth’s frantic call for labor from the commonwealth nations. Iram was recently selected for the Women In Film/Sundance Financier's Intensive Program and is a co-chair on the Asian American Writer’s Committee at the Writer’s Guild of America. She also sits on the board of the community service organization, the Caltech Y. Bilal is the initiator of the Pakistani Oscar committee and is the founder of Pakistan’s first professional screenwriting lab (QALAMBAAZ).