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Director and producer of An Inconvenient Truth to speak at ASTC 2007

Lawrence Bender (left) and Davis Guggenheim (right)

An Inconvenient Truth, the Academy Award-winning film about global warming featuring former U.S. vice president Al Gore, was seen by many as a triumph of science communication. On October 15, Lawrence Bender, producer of the film, and Davis Guggenheim, the director, will speak at a special session during the 2007 ASTC Annual Conference about the strategies that went into designing an illustrated science lecture compelling enough for theatrical release. Carol Lynn Alpert, director of strategic projects at the Museum of Science, Boston, Massachusetts, will serve as moderator.


Bender’s career spans more than 20 years in the entertainment industry. In television, he has produced films for all major broadcast and cable networks, including Dr. Vegas for CBS and The Legend of Earthsea for the Sci-Fi Channel. The lastest philanthropic effort of this passionate social and political activist is “18 Seconds,” a public campaign organized in conjunction with the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy.

Guggenheim’s television director credits include the pilot of the CBS television show “The Unit,” episodes of “Numbers,” “The Shield,” “Alias,” and “Deadwood.” Film credits include Training Day, Gossip, and Gracie in addition to An Inconvenient Truth.

For more information about the session and the conference, please visit our Annual Conference page.