In celebration of February’s Black History Month and March’s Women’s History Month, 21st Century Fox and AMC Theatres invited schools, community groups, and non-profit organizations to apply for special screenings of Academy Award-nominated Hidden Figures. Over 7,000 groups applied for free screenings, resulting in approximately 3,500 free tickets distributed across the U.S.
The winning groups represent a diverse range of organizations, from Girl Scout clubs to college STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) initiatives to public elementary and middle schools. The powerful story behind Hidden Figures has made waves around the world and is encouraging young women, especially young women of color, to follow their dreams and pursue studies and careers in STEM.
The film—starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe—tells the ‘untold’ story of three African American female NASA mathematicians during the Space Race of the 1960’s. Hidden Figures was nominated for three Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and Best Supporting Actress for Octavia Spencer’s portrayal of Dorothy Vaughan. Hidden Figures continues to inspire audiences across the country, with over $220 million in box office receipts and a Home Entertainment DVD release on April 11, 2017.
“We at 21CF were inspired by the grassroots movement to bring this film to audiences that wouldn’t otherwise be able to see it—audiences that might include future innovators and barrier-breakers—and we wanted to support and extend that movement,” said Liba Rubenstein, 21CF’s Senior Vice President of Social Impact.
Meet the Hidden Figures free screening winners:
- 75th Street Elementary School; Marina del Rey, CA
- CCEO YouthBuild; Torrance, CA
- Booker T. Washington Senior High, Astronomy Magnet Program; Miami, FL
- COPE Center North High School; Miami, FL
- Jack and Jill of America; Orlando, FL
- John Hopkins Middle School; Tampa, FL
- Teen Girls in Tech, YWCA; Atlanta, GA
- Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta; Atlanta, GA
- Off the Street Club; Chicago IL
- Chicago Youth Programs; Chicago, IL
- Thread; Baltimore, MD
- EMBODI Male Mentoring Program, Delta Sigma Theta; Baltimore, MD
- Kingdom Kare; Columbia, MD
- East Kentwood High School; Grand Rapids, MI
- JJ Hill Elementary School; Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN
- Urban TEC; Kansas City, MO
- Crossroads Corp.; Charlotte, NC
- Quail Hollow Middle School; Charlotte, NC
- Ranson IB Middle School; Charlotte, NC
- Coulwood STEM Academy; Charlotte, NC
- Brooklyn Democracy Academy; Brooklyn, NY
- The Campus/Social Work Diva; New York, NY
- Marie Curie School for Medicine, Nursing & Health Professions; New York, NY
- Brian Piccolo Middle School; Harlem, NY
- The Jewish Board Mann Center-RTF; Port Chester, NY
- Moms2B at OSU; Columbus, OH
- Noble Academy; Columbus, OH
- Breakthrough; Philadelphia, PA
- Gilbert Spruance Elementary School; Philadelphia, PA
- Harmony Community Development Corp.; Dallas, TX
- Rice University IBB Girls STEM Initiative; Houston, TX
- West Seattle YMCA 21st Century Community Learning Center; Seattle, WA
- Milwaukee Community Cyber High School; Milwaukee, WI
This is the second set of free screenings organized by 21CF and AMC Theatres across the U.S. 21CF also recently completed “The Search for Hidden Figures” contest to uncover the next generation of female leaders in STEM fields, and gave over $200,000 in scholarships and awards to encourage young women to pursue careers in STEM.