FRFF screening: ‘Picture of a Scientist’ shows women changing the fact of science


From February 11 at 6 p.m. to February 17 at 11:59 p.m., “Picture a Scientist,” directed by Ian Cheney and Sharon Shattuck, will be streaming online through the Frozen River Film Festival.

“Picture a Scientist” chronicles the groundswell of women scientists who are changing the face of science in the United States and around the world. Using dogged research techniques and careful data collection, these women are not only contributing to our understanding of what keeps women scientists down, but advocating for a more diverse and inclusive future for all. This film will take a novel, collaborative approach to its storytelling, allowing the scientists themselves to guide the narrative of the film. Science is therefore both the subject of the film, and also — through the three main characters — its guiding sensibility, providing viewers a deeper understanding of what it takes to be a scientist. Equal parts insightful and inspiring, this film will illuminate both the hard data and the very human stories of women in science.

“Picture a Scientist” will be available for online streaming starting on February 11 at 6 p.m. through February 17 at 11:59 p.m. on the Frozen River Film Festival’s website. Tickets and festival passes can be purchased online at

Frozen River Film Festival (FRFF) is Minnesota’s only all-documentary film festival. Now in its 16th year, FRFF will present over fifty films during its virtual festival weekend (February 10-14, 2021). FRFF brings in filmmakers from around the world, and works with students on the documentary film-making process. To learn more visit


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