Philipp Buschauer, Michael Loithaler & Marlene Raml | 5 min | Austria | 2016


Nex is a hybrid symbiosis of computer generated pictures and filmed material. The short describes a cruel but common natural event which is displayed in an aesthetic way to reveal details that normally would stay hidden from the observer. The film is about the attack of a cordyceps fungus on a rhinoceros beetle and the following struggle between life and death, showing that even the tiniest things can have a great impact and that death is not only the end followed by eternal darkness, it can also be the beginning of something new and beautiful.

Feature: Photon
7:00 PM | Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Cobble Hill Cinemas
265 Court St, Brooklyn, 11231

Directors | Philipp Buschauer, Michael Loithaler, Marlene Raml
Sound | K.Y.L.E.

Philipp, Michael and Marlene are three students from Austria and Germany. They attended the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria, Campus Hagenberg, where they first met each other during the bachelor’s program. After finishing the degree they decided to stay in Hagenberg for another two years and participate in the Digital Arts Masters Program. Nex is the result of the last three semesters of this educational journey.


Norman Leto | 107 min | Poland | 2017

Photon is nothing less ambitious than a summary of all existence from the origins of matter to the entropic dissolution of the universe (along with human life, past, present, and future). It's also an extraordinary challenge to preconceptions of the science documentary, merging rigorously researched data with subjective and irrelevant writing that forces the viewer to question the assumed monolithic authority of the narrator. Is any film expressing fallible human ideas really more of a documentary than the wildest sci-fi speculation? Decide for yourself.

Feature: Photon
7:00 PM | Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Cobble Hill Cinemas
265 Court St, Brooklyn, 11231

Director, Writer | Norman Leto
Producers | Daniel Markowicz, Piotr Galon
Production | Lightcraft
Co-Producers | Przemysław Wierzbicki, Dariusz Sz. Szendel
Cinematography | Michał Marczak, Norman Leto
Film Editing | Norman Leto, Antoni M. Kowalczyk
Music | Przemysław Książek, Przemysław Wierzbicki, Igor Szulc
Make-Up | Aneta Chaber Stankiewicz
Stylist | Marta Śliwińska
Stage Designer and Assistant | Krzysztof Bagiński
Narrator | Andrzej Chyra
TV Journalist | Karolina Kominek

Norman Leto (b. 1980) in Poland is an artist who is self-educated in the fields of painting, film and new media. His debut solo exhibition took place in The Centre of Contemporary Art in Warsaw in 2007. The same year, he worked with the director Krystian Lupa on "Factory Two", where his job was to prepare video sequences shown during the performance. From 2009-2010, Leto was a resident in New York completing his autobiographical novel “Sailor”. Simultaneously he completed a full-length film of the same title. Fully financed by the author, the film was well received at the 10th Era New Horizons Film Festival in Poland (2010) screened in "New Cinema" section. Despite having no official producer or distributor, "Sailor" has been screened worldwide at many art-house film festivals and in modern art institutions.

Launching in two days: Labocine

Imagine Science's new drops in two days (Thursday, August 4) with its first issue, MODEL ORGANISMS.

"The beating heart at the center of so many groundbreaking biological, medical, and psychological studies may not be a human's, but that of a rodent, a bird, even a fish or an insect. These essential collaborators rarely have an opportunity to add their thoughts to lab reports, so instead, we offer them our inaugural edition of Labocine to tell their stories. Here, we'll experience the perceptions of microbes, watch films made for and by non-human primates, travel with invertebrates investigating the human world, and see classic cognitive studies through the eyes of their subjects."

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Featuring over two hours films by:

Anne Milne
Anna Lindeman
Clemens Wirth
Boris Hars-Tschachotin
Rachel Mayeri
Hirofumi Nakamoto
Samuel Ridgeway
Rose Stark
Coral Morphologic & Lucas Leyva
Sarah Enid Hagey
Du Cheng & Meghan Lockard
+2 new Imagine Science exclusives!

Imagine Science Paris Recap

Imagine Science Paris, three days of films, lectures, performances, art, science, and more, took place earlier this month. Here are some highlights:

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The Mirror System

Eva Zornio | 17 min | Switzerland | 2015

Pictures escape from a dream. A curious forest made out of neurons where the young director wanders every night. A dream that brings together brain and cinema, memories and scientific experiments. She tries to understand the link which is being woven between Neuroscience and films. A poetic journey at the heart of the Mirror System, the mechanism by which we feel or not empathy for other, whether in the real world or on the screen.


Des images s’échappent d’un rêve. Une étrange forêt de neurones où la jeune réalisatrice se perd chaque nuit. Un rêve qui rapproche cinéma et cerveau, souvenirs et expériences scientifiques. Elle cherche à comprendre le lien qui se tisse entre neurosciences et films. Un voyage poétique au coeur du système miroir, le mécanisme par lequel nous ressentons ou non de l’empathie pour autrui, qu’il soit réel ou sur un écran.

Shorts Program: Laboratory Stories // Courts métrages: Histoires de Labo
18h00 | Vendredi, 3 juin 2016
Institut de Biologie Paris-Seine (IBPS) (Campus Jussieu)

Director | Eva Zornio
Screenplay | Eva Zornio
Cinematography | Joakim Chardonnens
Sound & Music | Vasco Pimentel, Régis Jeannottat, Ana Cordeiro Reich
Editing | Gabriel Gonzalez
Production Compagny | Elefant Films

After earning a Master’s degree in Neurosciences, Eva Zornio changed course and launched herself into a bachelor’s degree in Cinema at the Haute Ecole d’Art et de Design of Geneva. Her projects question the link between the human being and the world, especially through the concept of perception related to the brain functions. She investigates the contemporary research in Science and especially in the field of Neurosciences. Deeply interested in New Technology she is taking part of a workshop organized by the CERN and Festival Tous Ecran for which she is led to imagine a concept using oculus rift.


Après avoir terminé un master en Neurosciences, Eva Zornio se lance dans une formation artistisque au sein du Département Cinéma de la Haute Ecole d’Art et de Design de Genève. Elle développe depuis lors des projets qui questionnent notre rapport au monde à travers la perception, et son lien avec les neurosciences. Elle explore les recherches contemporaines en sciences, plus particulièrement les neurosciences. Curieuse des nouvelles technologies elle participe actuellement à un workshop organisé conjointement par le CERN et le Festival Tous Ecran pour lequel elle est amenée à développer un projet sur oculus rift.

The Dark Gene

Miriam Jakobs & Gerhard Schick | 99 min | Germany | 2015

The film tells a very personal story from two perspectives: our protagonist is both doctor and patient. As a patient, he has struggled with recurring depression for years, and as a doctor he wants to find out why.

The search for the origins of his illness leads him into the realm of his own genes and casts light on the fundamental changes facing modern society as a result of the tremendous progress being made in the field of genetic sequencing. Along the way, he meets a host of people – researchers, artists, visionaries – who have developed their own very individual approach to genetic coding and are drawing attention to the social significance of genetic technology. The film does not restrict itself to a scientific view of the subject but also makes use of artistic visions and more playful approaches to genetic blueprints.

These varied perspectives challenge the apparent pre-determination of genetics and help the protagonist in his struggle with his illness. And despite the suffering involved, they provide a reassuring view of the uniqueness of life.

Feature // Long métrage
21h00 | Vendredi, 3 juin 2016
Curie Institute

Script | Miriam Jakobs, Gerhard Schick
Camera | Philipp Künzli, Simon Guy Fässler
Sound | Christian Lutz, Patrick Veigel
Music | Daniela Almada
Producer | Thomas Tielsch
Editor | Miriam Jakobs, Gerhard Schick
Production Company | Filmtank GmbH

Déchiffrer la conscience, voyage dans l'étoffe de nos pensées

Cécile Denjean | 57 min | France | 2016

D’où viennent nos pensées? Que sait la science de cette petite voix intérieure qui dit «je» et qui fait l’expérience du monde? Les scientifiques postulent que notre conscience émerge des milliards de connexions qui existent entre notre environnement, notre corps et notre cerveau. Mais «qui» décide, qui se raconte en moi? Pourquoi ce «je» est-il aussi insaisissable?

Feature - Avant Premiere // Long métrage - Avant Première
15h00 | Jeudi, 2 juin 2016
ESPGG Salle Amphi

Un film de | Cécile Denjean
Écrit avec | Amine Mestari
Montage | Nathalie Amsellem
Conseiller scientifique | Lionel Naccache
Images | Matthieu Pansard, Nathanaël Louvet, Richard Cloué, Tom Duret, Florent Genyeis, Thomas Ozoux, Olivier Raffet, Cyril Thépenier, Cyril Fussien, Théophile Bernard Brunel,
Son | Antoine Bourdain, Sébastien Guisset, Elton Rabineau
Graphisme | Yves Kuperberg, Jan Sommer
Musique originale et interprétation au cristal Baschet | Catherine Brisset
Prise de son cristal Baschet | Benoît Navarret
Musiques additionnelles | Universal Publishing Production Music, Musique & Music
Enquête | Héloïse Rambert, Olivier Bruno
Voix françaises | Olivier Angèle, Eric Chantelauze, Jean-Christophe Brétignière, Jean-Philippe de Tinguy
Avec la participation de | Antonio Damasio, Stanislas Dehaene, Sid Kouider, Jeanne Siaud Facchin, Lionel Naccache, Steven Laureys, Marcello Massimini, Stephen LaBerge, Henrik Ehrsson, John-Dylan Haynes, Christophe André, Antoine Lutz, Matthieu Ricard


Fanny Liatard & Jérémy Trouilh | 16 min | France | 2015

Youri is twenty years old. He lives with his mother in Ivry, the city where he grew up. But his apartment complex is to be demolished and the scene of his childhood dreams will disappear. How will he lift off without a spaceship ?

New York
Light Years Beyond
3:00 PM | Saturday, October 15, 2016
The New School, Kellen Auditorium

Shorts Program: Liminal Territories // Courts métrages: Territoires et Frontières
21h00 | Samedi, 4 juin 2016
Institut Curie

Réalisateur | Fanny Liatard, Jérémy Trouilh
Scénariste | Jérémy Trouilh, Fanny Liatard
Directeur photographie | Victor Seguin
Musique | Nathan Blais
Interprète | Idrissa Diabaté


ISF in SciAm: a taxonomy of sci-film at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival

The Tribeca Film Festival, which opened on Thursday, made the news this year for the inclusion then removal of a pseudo-scientific anti-vaccine film, one which the scientific community decried as based on debunked studies and actually perpetuating a public health hazard. Fortunately, much of the festival slate that remains contains legitimate science, on a wide range of subjects.

For our second article for Scientific American, following a survey of new film approahces to climate-change a few weeks back, we went in depth on the festival, covering the films in two parts:

Feature Films

Virtual Reality and sci-fi shorts

Imagine Science writes about climate change film for SciAm

Our friends over at Scientific American recently invited us to write some articles on new science filmmaking, and as you can imagine, it's a subject we have a lot to say about. The first article of what we hope will be many is now up the Scientific American website right here: Three Filmmakers Take on Climate Change.