According to the Smithsonian Institution, Fort Collins represents 21st century innovation, so much so that it is included in an ongoing exhibit in Washington, D.C. A new documentary, produced by Rocky Mountain PBS and Colorado State University, takes an in-depth look at what makes Fort Collins an important Place of Invention.
How a Place Matters will have a free premiere screening on Sept. 17 at 7:30 p.m. at the University Center for the Arts, 1400 Remington St., Fort Collins. The screening will be followed at 8:15 p.m. by a celebration concert by local band Post Paradise, which not only provided the soundtrack for the film but also appears in it.
The event is free, but reservations are required.
“In tackling the documentary project, our premise was that the conditions that create the right synergy for an innovative community are not simple to build, but you know them when you see them in place,” explained CSU’s Vice President for External Relations Tom Milligan. “And we have them all right here in Fort Collins.”
Groundbreaking clean-energy research being done at CSU and in Fort Collins is showcased in the Places of Invention exhibit at the Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation at the National Museum of American History. The exhibit, which also features such cultural and technological game-changers as Hollywood in the 1930s and Silicon Valley in the 1980s, will remain on display until 2020.
How a Place Matters will also air on Rocky Mountain PBS on Oct. 1 and again on Feb. 18, 2016.