8 Mile



  • April 16, 2012
  • This event has passed.
  • Offering Format: Public Event, Lecture
  • External Location
  • Members, students, and seniors: $7.75; general admission: $9.75
  • Associated Persons

    With Charles Limb, MD, associate professor, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery


Rap legend Eminem stars as Jimmy Smith, aka B Rabbit, a young white rapper struggling to make a name for himself in Detroit's predominantly black hip-hop world. A factory worker living in a trailer with his alcoholic mother (Kim Basinger), his little sister, and his mother's slacker boyfriend, Rabbit sees rap as his only way out of his dead-end life. When he chokes in the middle of a local rap face-off, he's convinced he's missed his shot. But in the film's electrifying climactic scenes, Rabbit takes one more shot at making his dreams a reality, going head-to-head with his nemeses in a ferociously creative rap battle. Costarring Brittany Murphy, Mekhi Phifer, and Anthony Mackie.

How are freestyle rappers able to create lyrics off the cuff? What makes their brains tick? Charles Limb, MD, has spent more than a decade studying the brain activity of improvising musicians. He and his team have put freestyle rappers into functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) machines to see what happens in their brains when they rhyme off the tops of their heads. Join us as Dr. Limb shares what his studies reveal about the neurobiology of creativity.

With Science on Screen, the Coolidge Corner Theatre creatively pairs a feature film or documentary with lively presentations by notable figures from the world of science, medicine, and technology. The Science on Screen series is copresented by the Museum of Science, Boston and New Scientist magazine and supported by a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, with additional support from Gesmer Updegrove LLP and Richard Anders.

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