Relive the start of a medical revolution at Pittsburgh’s most advanced cinema. Burden of Genius tells the story of legendary transplant pioneer Dr. Thomas E. Starzl, who took what was once thought only the subject of science fiction—the idea of taking an organ from one person and transplanting it into another—and turned it into an everyday medical miracle, saving the lives of countless patients and transforming modern medicine.
Considered the “father of transplantation,” Starzl performed the world’s first successful liver transplant in 1967, but it wasn’t until he came to the University of Pittsburgh in 1981 that he perfected what was still considered an experimental procedure and helped what was then a Steel City struggling to reinvent itself become "the transplant capital of the world.”
Burden of Genius has captivated film festival audiences all over the world, winning Best Documentary prizes at the Cleveland International Film Festival and the Raw Science Film Festival in Los Angeles. Read what critics are saying:
The Rangos Giant Cinema is honored to host the first public showings of the film for National Donate Life Month, appropriately in the town Starzl loved so much.
Science on Screen® presentation – Sat., April 13 at 4 pm
The Sat., April 13 showing of Burden of Genius at 4 pm will include a special presentation on organ transplantation and a Q&A session after the film. More information coming soon!
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Reserving tickets in advance for this film is strongly encouraged. To purchase tickets for a group of 15+, please contact 412.237.3400.