• Burden of Genius: Dr. Thomas Starzl’s Journey into Organ Transplantation
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Burden of Genius: Dr. Thomas Starzl’s Journey into Organ Transplantation

Thurs., Sept. 26 at 4 and 7 pm

Featuring an intro and Q&A with filmmaker Carl Kurlander and advocate Joy Krumenecker, mother of organ donation hero Eli Bussotti

Relive the start of a medical revolution. Burden of Genius: Dr. Thomas Starzl’s Journey into Organ Transplantation returns to Pittsburgh’s largest screen for special encore screenings on Thurs., Sept. 26 at 4 and 7 pm.

Considered the “father of transplantation,” Dr. Thomas 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.” Starzl took what was once thought only the subject of science fiction and turned it into an everyday medical miracle, saving the lives of countless patients and transforming modern medicine. 

Carl Kurlander, known for St. Elmo’s Fire and The Shot Felt ‘Round The World, will introduce the film and talk about the journey of being one of the producers on Burden of Genius. Local advocate Joy Krumenecker, mother of organ donation hero Eli Bussotti, will also speak at the screenings. Bussotti tragically lost his life at age 17 in a car crash last year, but his donated organs have allowed others to live. One such organ recipient, Chad Ravotti, who remarkably lived within five miles of Bussotti, will also speak at the event.

To create this award-winning documentary, the filmmakers sat down with Dr. Starzl for a week of interviews and had full access to the Thomas E. Starzl Institute archives. They interviewed numerous Dr. Starzl surgical fellows, who have gone on to run transplant centers around the world, as well as transplant recipients including musician David Crosby; filmmaker and son of actor Robert Redford, Jamie Redford; and Larry Kramer, the playwright and activist who was part of a pilot program Dr. Starzl ran in the 1980s on AIDS patients. Pittsburgh’s own David McCullough also speaks in the film on Dr. Starzl and his place in history as one of the true heroes of the 20th century.

Reserving tickets in advance for this film is strongly encouraged. To purchase tickets for a group of 15+, please contact 412.237.3400.

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About The Rangos Giant Cinema

The Rangos Giant Cinema is the most technologically advanced motion picture experience in Pittsburgh, boasting a 70-by-38-foot Certified Giant Screen, crystal-clear images, brilliant colors, and rich surround sound. It features two industry-leading Christie® laser-illuminated 4K laser digital projectors and a premium Dolby Atmos® surround sound system with 45 speakers.

By virtue of the technology, colorful and comfortable architecture, and atmosphere, The Rangos is designed to be a destination that provides immersive and exciting experiences to our guests. After your stay, we want you to feel like you have visited the “Mother of all Theaters.”

The theater’s technology provides extensive capabilities and significant opportunities for you to enjoy a broad range of dynamic content. From Hollywood feature films, film festivals, cult and classic films, to educational and event films, 3D experiences, and extreme special effects, look for something new, exciting, and unique every month.

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