Bridging Science and Art Through Filmmaking
October 14 - 21, 2016
By Aimee Lusty
As we enter the fall in New York the season for film festivals is upon us with various venues debuting new work across the city. Scientists, filmmakers, artists and animators come together for the ninth annual Imagine Science Film Festival that will run from October 14-21st.
Founded in 2008, Imagine Science Films is a nonprofit organization dedicated to bridging the arts and sciences through filmmaking, with the goal to create artfully compelling, stimulating, and educational science films accessible to a larger audience. The festival will feature documentaries highlighting recent scientific advances, pieces of fiction inspired by science, experimental art films, as well as animations. Topics vary from nanotechnology, astronomy, entomology, evolution, climate change, neuroscience, physics, and microbiology. The theme of this year’s festival is “Light.” The Imagine Science Film Festival will debut over 75 new works - below is a brisk preview of some featured films and animations.
Bluebrain: Year 7 Preview, initiated in 2009 by director Noah Hutton, is a 10 year-film-in-the-making chronicling a neuroscientist’s controversial attempt to reverse engineer a human brain through supercomputer virtual simulation. In How to Make a Prosthetic Eye, director Barry Gibb follows ocularist David Carpenter’s career in prosthetic eye production, a process that combines art, medicine and engineering. Sila and the Gate Keepers of the Arctic documents the impact of global warming on a once thriving Inuit population in Greenland, directed by Swiss multi-media artist and filmmaker Corina Gamma.
Works of Fiction
French filmmaker Lucile Hadzihalilovic debuts a new film Evolution, a surrealist interpretation of human evolutionary theory through painterly and dreamlike imagery. Ursula Biemann juxtaposes the science of geology and climatology with human history in a science fictional video essay Subatlantic.
New media artist Amy Karle’s short film Bringing Bones to Life documents her latest work that coaxes human stem cells to develop into bone using 3D printed scaffolding. Microsculpture, directed by Tanya Cochrane, is a short piece capturing the intricate microscopic details of insects through high-resolution photography. Incorporating experimental filmmaking techniques like time-lapse, high-speed, and stop-motion photography, Scott Portingale’s Infinitude, represents an artistic meditation on the cosmic evolution of matter and energy.
In Bright Spots, Jilli Rose creates an animated portrait of Nick Holmes, a conservation biologist working to prevent extinctions on islands. The short animation Glove, a collaboration between Alexa Lim Haas and Bernardo Britto, follows the true story of a glove that had been floating in space since 1965 after astronaut Ed White let go of it. In Nanoplanet, Italian animator Monica Zoppé uses scientific data and an animation technique developed for biological visualization to explore the fascinating environments within human cells.
The Imagine Science Film Festival will be held at various venues across the New York metropolitan area including Cooper Union, Rubin Museum of Art, The New School, New York Hall of Science, American Museum of Natural History, Morbid Anatomy Museum, Anthology Film Archives, Spectacle Theater, and NYU Center for Genomics and Systems Biology.
For a schedule, tickets and more information please visit http://imaginesciencefilms.org/newyork/.