The Most Unknown

August 19, 2018

 

The Most Unknown is a new feature film directed by Ian Cheney and produced by Vice/Motherboard, with Werner Herzog as advisor. It is now streaming on Netflix.

 

I was very fortunate to be one of the nine featured scientists - along with my colleague and friend Axel Cleeremans. This film, the first feature documentary made by Motherboard, is a kind of 'science documentary' which is neither a documentary nor really about science.

 

Motherboard put it like this:

 

"Directed by Ian Cheney, who you may recognize from such films as The Search for General Tso and King Corn, the film features nine scientists from multiple disciplines meeting each other for the first time in a series of encounters rooted in their work. The film is an experiment, one in which we posited that by tossing scientists who'd never met into a petri dish of our own design, we'd learn something about what it means to dedicate one's life to questions we're not yet sure we can answer."

 

And according to Ian Cheney, "Making a science film without focusing on the results of particular scientific experiments was an experiment unto itself, but it seemed like a powerful entry point into what excites scientists about science: the process. The not knowing. The wondering," he said. "Perhaps putting aside the usual questions—What’s the answer? What does this mean for me?—provides a strange new window into what propels scientists so deep into the unknown."

 

The Most Unknown premiered as the opening film of the CPH:DOX film festival in Copenhagen on March 16th, and toured theatres internationally from April. The film was supported by a grant from Science Sandbox, a Simons Foundation initiative dedicated to engaging everyone with the process of science.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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