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Chris Gethard Finally Watches Contact

Director: Robert Zemeckis Run Time: 150 min. Format: 35mm Release Year: 1997

Starring: Jodie Foster, Matthew McConaughey, James Woods, John Hurt, Tom Skerritt

Comedian Chris Gethard hosts a popular podcast called Beautiful/Anonymous where he receives calls from random humans. He tweets out a phone number. One person gets through. They never say their name. He isn’t allowed to hang up for an hour.

Over the podcast’s 200 episodes, multiple callers have scolded Chris because he has never seen the 1997 Jodie Foster feature film Contact. Kicking off his Beautiful/CONonymous Festival, Chris Gethard hosts a screening of the film followed by a 30 minute Q+A between Chris Gethard and the caller from past episode “Whirlpool Galaxy.”

Will Chris like the film? How does the astrophysics presented in the film match up with real life science? We’ll answer all these not so important questions and more! This special event is part of a weekend event celebrating the Beautiful/Anonymous Podcast–aptly titled Beautiful/CONonymous.

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