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An Actor's Dream

Jake Gyllenhaal + Moran Cerf

Monday, March 16, 2015
7:00 PM–8:30 PM

Please note: This program was rescheduled from Wednesday, March 18, 8:30 p.m.. If you are currently a ticket holder for this program your tickets have automatically been transferred to the new event date. Your new tickets can be picked up at will call the night of the program.

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After having appeared on stage opposite Ruth Wilson and Brían F. O’Byrne, for the first time actor Jake Gyllenhaal finds himself opposite a neuroscientist (Moran Cerf), here to talk about what actually goes on in his brain when he is dreaming.

About the Speakers

Jake Gyllenhaal has recently made his Broadway debut in Nick Payne’s Constellations, which opened to rave reviews. The actor made his New York stage debut in 2012 starring in If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet, for the Roundabout Theatre Company, which earned him nominations from the Drama League and Lucille Lortel Awards. It was his first stage performance since 2002, when he starred in Kenneth Lonergan’s revival of This is Our Youthon London’s West End, for which he won an Evening Standard Theater Award for “Outstanding Newcomer.”

In cinema he most recently starred in Dan Gilroy’s Nightcrawler, one of the actor’s boldest and most acclaimed performances to date. Playing an eccentric loner who finds his calling as an investigative crime journalist who will stop at nothing to get the story, Gyllenhaal received BAFTA, Golden Globe, SAG, Critics’ Choice, and Independent Spirit Award nominations and was recognized as Best Actor of 2014 from numerous critics groups.

Gyllenhaal starred in Ang Lee’s classic Brokeback Mountain, for which he received an Oscar® nomination and won a BAFTA for Best Supporting Actor; David Ayer’s End of Watch, which placed in several critics’ Top 10 Films of 2012 including the National Board of Review’s Top Ten Independent Films; Dennis Villeneuve’s highly acclaimed films Prisonersand Enemy; Richard Kelly’s cult hit Donnie Darko; Jim Sheridan’s Brothers; David Fincher’sZodiac; Sam Mendes’ Jarhead; John Madden’s Proof; Miguel Arteta’s The Good Girl; as well as Moonlight Mile, Lovely and Amazing, October Sky and Love and Other Drugs, for which he received a Golden Globe nomination. This year Gyllenhaal will be seen alongside Josh Brolin and Jason Clarke in Baltasar Kormákur’s Everest in September. The film is based on the true story of the tragic 1996 Mount Everest disaster. He will star in Antoine Fuqua’s boxing drama, Southpaw opening on July 31, and in Jean-Marc Vallee’s Demolition.

Moran Cerf is a professor of neuroscience (department of neurosurgery, LIJ) and business (Kellogg School of Management). Dr. Cerf holds a Ph.D in neuroscience from Caltech, as well as an MA in Philosophy and a B.Sc in Physics from Tel-Aviv University. His research uses methods from neuroscience to understand the underlying mechanisms of our psychology. He works with patients undergoing brain-surgery to study behavior, emotion, decision making and dreams, by directly recording the activity of individual nerve cells using electrodes implanted in their brain. He has published works that address questions such as: “How are conscious percepts formed in our brain?”, “How can we control our emotions?” and “Which brain mechanisms determine if we find content interesting and engaging?”. Recently, his focus has been on the neural mechanisms that underlie decision-making, thereby offering a new perspective on predicting future choices and investigating how much free will we have in our decisions. He holds multiple patents and his works have been published in wide-circulation journals such as Nature and Science, as well as Scientific American Mind and leading neuroscience journals.

Dr. Cerf’s work has been featured in numerous media and cultural outlets such as CNN, Wired, BBC, Bloomberg, NPR, Time, MSNBC, Slate.Com, Gizmodo, New Scientist and dozens of others, and he has been featured in venues such as the Venice Art Biennial and China’s AST. Dr. Cerf has made much of his research accessible to the general public via his public talks at Ted-Ed, PopTech, Google Zeitgeist, the Davos World Economic Forum, DLD and more. Prior to his academic career, Dr. Cerf spent nearly a decade in industry, holding managerial and development positions in computers security (as a hacker at Check Point and Imperva), pharmaceutical (CTO, Pharmaco-Kinesis), telecom (product architect, TTI Telecom), Fashion (Vivvva), software development (Log-On Software), and innovations development (S.I.T). Dr. Cerf has has additional short-lived careers as a furniture-designer, a pilot, an inventor, a radio host, and a filmmaker. He participates regularly in story-telling competition, and is a 3-time Moth Grand-Slam champion. Additionally, Dr. Cerf is the Alfred P. Sloan professor at the American Film Institute (AFI), where he teaches an annual screenwriting class on science in films. Dr. Cerf was last on stage at the Rubin with actor Giancarlo Esposito for Brainwave 2014.

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