Engineering Movie Night

A series dedicated to films that show a love of engineering and design topics.

If a student wants to organize this for 2019, we can provide pizza and popcorn, and a room in the Engineering Center. In any case, you can borrow the following films on DVD (and a player) from Prof. Hertzberg.

 Between the Folds

Artists and scientists dedicate their lives to origami, Japanese traditional paper-folding. «…chronicles the stories of ten fine artists and intrepid theoretical scientists who have abandoned careers and scoffed at hard–earned graduate degrees—all to forge unconventional lives as modern–day paperfolders.»


This is an independent feature-length documentary film about typography and graphic design, centered on the typeface of the same name. «…The film aims to show Helvetica’s beauty and ubiquity, and illuminate the personalities that are behind typefaces, as well as exploring the rift between modernists and postmodernists.»

 Apollo 13

«NASA must devise a strategy to return Apollo 13 to Earth safely after the spacecraft undergoes massive internal damage putting the lives of the three astronauts on board in jeopardy.»

 The Martian

An astronaut becomes stranded on Mars after his team assume him dead, and must rely on his ingenuity to find a way to signal Earth that he is alive. «With only a meager amount of supplies, the stranded visitor must utilize his wits and spirit to find a way to survive on the hostile planet.»

 Eames: the Architect and the Painter

A 2011 documentary film about American designers Charles and Ray Eames and the Eames Office.«The husband-and-wife team of Charles and Ray Eames were America’s most influential and important industrial designers. Admired for their creations and fascinating as individuals, they have risen to iconic status in American culture.»

Design is One: Lella and Massimo Vignelli

“If you can’t find it, design it” is the motto of the Vignellis, whose renowned work ranges ”from the spoon to the city.” Kathy Brew & Roberto Guerra’s film brings us into the Vignellis’ world, capturing their intelligence and creativity, as well as their humanity, warmth, and humor.


A feature-length documentary about our complex relationship with manufactured objects and, by extension, the people who design them.