Hidden Figures
July 30th, 2022

Hidden Figures

Please join Cultivate Cinema Circle as we screen six films in space. Next up is Theodore Melfi’s Oscar-nominated (Best Motion Picture of the Year, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role & Best Adapted Screenplay) film Hidden Figures [2016].

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Venue Information:

Downtown Central Library Auditorium
1 Lafayette Square, Buffalo, NY 14203
(Enter from Clinton Street between Oak and Washington Streets)
716-858-8900 • www.BuffaloLib.org
COVID protocol will be followed.

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Hidden Figures tells the incredible untold story of Katherine Jonson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monae) – brilliant African-American women working at NASA who served as the brains behind the launch into orbit of astronaut John Glenn, a stunning achievement that turned around the space race. The visionary trio crossed all gender and racial line and inspired generations.


  • Academy Awards – 2017 – Nominee: Best Motion Picture of the Year, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role & Best Adapted Screenplay
  • National Board of Review – 2016 – Winner: Top Ten Films & Best Ensemble
  • Writers Guild of America – 2017 – Nominee: Adapted Screenplay
  • Screen Actors Guild Awards – 2017 – Winner: Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
  • Screen Actors Guild Awards – 2017 – Nominee: Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
  • Golden Globes (USA) – 2017 – Nominee: Best Original Score – Motion Picture & Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

“So $25 million is what Hidden Figures cost, but it looks a lot more than that; it’s just a testament to a hardworking crew and a hardworking cast that did it for the love of it, and I think that’s what movies should be done for, for the love of it, and if it’s a success, everyone will be rewarded.”

Courtesy of TCM:

Writer, producer and filmmaker Ted Melfi began his career helming over 100 commercials before branching out into short films and full-length features, eventually making his mark in Hollywood as the director of the Bill Murray-starring comedy “St. Vincent” (2014). Born in Brooklyn, NY, Melfi’s early career was dominated by commercial work for the likes of FedEx, McDonalds and Slim Fast. But having directed his wife Kimberly Quinn in “Winding Roads” (1999), a low-budget indie drama released through his own production company, Goldenlight, Melfi’s focus began to shift towards the film industry.

After serving as producer on “Ronnie” (2002), a psychological thriller about a troubled young man who strikes up a relationship with a patient at a mental institution, “Joe Killionaire” (2004), a tongue-in-cheek satire of reality TV, and “Getno” (2005), a drama about a Hungarian family’s attempt to achieve the American Dream, Melfi wrote, produced and directed his first short, “The Story of Bob” (2005), a spoof documentary about a man’s obsession with IKEA. Following production work on trashy mutant TV movie “MorphMan” (Syfy, 2007) and children’s soccer drama “Game of Life” (2007), Melfi helmed a string of further shorts including mistaken identity tale “The Beneficiary” (2008), a mockumentary about a rock/paper/scissors tournament, “Roshambo” (2010) and the story of a search for the perfect nanny, “I Want Candy” (2010). After taking on a producer’s role on romantic comedy of errors “Bed & Breakfast: Love Is A Happy Accident” (2010), Melfi added screenwriter to his list of talents when he was hired to pen a remake of the crime comedy “Going In Style” (1979) and the New York Times best-selling memoir, The Tender Bar, and also set up his own content production company, Brother, with Rich Carter.

Having impressively managed to acquire the talents of Bill Murray, as well as Naomi Watts and Melissa McCarthy, for his first major full-length feature, Melfi made Hollywood sit up and take notice with “St. Vincent” (2014), the heart-warming story of a grouchy war veteran who forms an unlikely bond with his 12-year-old next-door neighbor. Melfi followed up the indie success with a commercial breakthrough, “Hidden Figures” (2016). Starring Octavia Spencer, Taraji P. Henson and Janelle Monáe as mathematicians employed by NASA in the early 1960s, the fact-based drama was a box office hit that was nominated for Best Picture; Melfi and co-writer Allison Schroeder also scored a Best Adapted Screenplay nod.


  • Hidden Figures (2016)
  • St. Vincent (2014)

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