Gut Hack

Mario Furloni & Kate McLean | 13 min | USA | 2017

A former NASA scientist turned bio-hacker attempts an experiment that makes him confront the multitudes inside.

Some Notes On Your Health
3:00 PM | Sunday, October 15, 2017
The New School, Kellen Auditorium
66 5th Ave, Room N101, New York, 10003

Starring | Josiah Zayner (as himself)
Written, Directed, & Produced | Kate McLean and Mario Furloni
Producer | Laura Heberton
Editor & Co-Producer | Sara Newens
Score | William Fritch
Cinematography | Mario Furloni
Sound | Kate McLean

Kate McLean is a critically-acclaimed filmmaker and producer living in San Francisco. Her short documentaries The Caretaker and Marathon have been recently featured in the New York Times’ OpDocs series and broadcast on the PBS series POV. With Mario Furloni, Kate co-directed the short documentary Pot Country, which won Best Documentary at the USA Short Film Festival (2012), was an official selection at Hot Docs (2012) and at Big Sky (2011) and a national finalist for the 2012 Student Academy Awards. Since completing Pot Country, Kate and Mario have brought their skills as doc filmmakers to a narrative feature based on the fascinating world of black-market marijuana growers. Last year, they were awarded highly competitive in-house residencies and prestigious Kenneth Ranin Foundation Screenwriting grants at the San Francisco Film Society to develop that script, Freeland. In addition to screenwriting and documentary filmmaking, Kate is also a producer. She produced Jamie Meltzer’s PBS documentary True Conviction, which was supported by Sundance, Tribeca and the MacArthur Foundation, and tells the story of a group of exonerated men who form their own detective agency; and the documentary film about Bill Nye (“the Science Guy”); a new project by Academy Award winning filmmaker Megan Mylan about the Syrian refugee crisis; and Jason Sussberg and David Alvarado’s The Immortalists, which screened in competition at SXSW, BFI, and CPH: DOX in 2014.

Kate got her start as an associate producer on a PBS special called The Botany of Desire, which was adapted from a book by Michael Pollan and narrated by Frances McDormand. She is 2015 Sundance Creative Producing Summit Fellow, and has a master’s degree from the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.

Mario Furloni is an award-winning Brazilian documentary and narrative filmmaker and cinematographer based in Oakland, CA. He is the cinematographer and co-producer of the critically-acclaimed documentary The Return, which chronicles the end of California’s three strikes law through the eyes of former lifers. The Return won the Audience Award at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival, and the Golden Gate Award at the 2016 San Francisco International Film Festival. It was the series opening film shown on PBS POV this year, and was nominated for a Peabody Award and an Emmy.

Mario shot the short documentary After My Garden Grows, by Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Megan Mylan, which premiered at Sundance Film Festival in 2014. He was awarded a Kenneth Ranin Foundation screenwriting grant (previous winners include Fruitvale Station and Short Term 12) and a residency with the San Francisco Film Society. He has a master’s degree from the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.