April 10, 2003
To Dream Tomorrow: A Portrait of Ada Lovelace
Color 53 minutes, Flare Films, 2003.
Produced and directed by John Fuegu & Jo Francis.
Screening followed by Q&A with John Fuegi & Jo Francis.
Synopsis: The story of Ada Lovelace and her contributions to computing, over a hundred years before the time usually thought to the start of the Computer Age.
Daughter of a mathematically gifted, social activist mother and the "mad, bad and dangerous to know" poet Lord Byron, Ada was 17 when she began studying a prototype mechanical calculator designed by mathematician Charles Babbage. By the time she was 27, she had moved even beyond her famous contemporaries to describe universal computing much as we understand it today.
Hailed at its premiere in London as "A Masterpiece" and "A Visual Feast," TO DREAM TOMORROW was photographed by John Fuegi and Jo Francis whose previous Women of Power films on Virginia Woolf, Ruth Berlau and Hildegard of Bingen have won numerous awards including the Feature Award of the International Documentary Association, the Golden Apple, and the Danish Oscar.
Thursday, April 10 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in Room 338 Park Science Building (Tea at 7:00 p.m.)
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