Imagine Science Films

Brooklyn, NY   |  http://www.imaginesciencefilms.com

Mission

Founded as a small film series at Rockefeller University in 2008, today Imagine Science Films is a full-fledged film company whose mission is to bridge art and science through filmmaking. We encourage collaboration between scientists, who dedicate their lives to studying the world in which we live, and filmmakers, who interpret and expose this knowledge, together making science accessible and stimulating to the broadest possible audience. Our vision is that the way science is portrayed in the mainstream media will be transformed.

Ruling year info

2009

Executive Director

Dr. Alexis Gambis

Main address

New Lab, Building 128 Suite 201

Brooklyn, NY 11205 USA

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EIN

80-0215101

NTEE code info

Film, Video (A31)

Media, Communications Organizations (A30)

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Our programs

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Imagine Science Film Festival

Our Film Festival is the world’s first founded and run by scientists, emphasizing the importance of storytelling, narrative structure, and visual communication. In October we will hold opening night at Google Headquarters, New York, and closing night at the American Museum of Natural History. This year we introduce new aesthetic content as we will exhibit Scenes, footage presenting up and coming scientists’ raw data to fill the interstitial space between featured films as a way to showcase scientific visuals as part of the cinematic experience.

Population(s) Served

Last year we also offered three Satellite Programs: (1) a three-day satellite festival in Kaluga, Russia, the birthplace of cosmonautics; (2) an opening-night program ("Mapping the Unseen") to kick off the AAAS conference in Chicago; and (3) a program devoted exclusively to neuroscience films as part of Columbia University's Brian Month. Our next satellite program will be our first on the West Coast, at the Exploratorium in San Francisco, just before the 2014 Imagine Science Film Festival. We will then be in Berlin on October 31, and Abu Dhabi in February of 2015.

Population(s) Served

In late 2014 we launch a series of long duration performance art pieces focused on scientific topics that will elaborate further on our Festival’s theme of “time”. Subjects to be explored include the parallels between long duration performance art and the scientific process, both of which require the same psychological discipline. Modes of inquiry will include exhibiting via live stream video participants sorting male and female fruit flies, parallel to the Abromović long duration performance technique involving sorting sesame from grains of rice.

Population(s) Served

Albert Einstein once said, “The greatest scientists are artists as well.” Regardless of their precise contributions, every artist-scientist understands that both fields are about creatively exploring and expressing a deeper understanding of the world. Imagine Science Films was responsible for producing a unique collaboration between TEDMed and nine filmmakers who dove into the depths of their imagination to create a series of short films inspired by the nine speaker sessions at TEDMed 2014. From stop motion to experimental fiction to documentary, we hoped to provoke imagination and provide a platform for viewers to begin connecting the dots conceptually between TEDMed speakers and their ideas.

Population(s) Served

Last year we began two YouTube series: (1) Experimenta and (2) Spotlight. Experimenta is a series of interviews with top scientists and science-based artists hosted as 13 Google Hangouts on Air. Subjects have included “The Art of Slime Mold” and “Bioart, Synthetic Biology, and NASA”. Similarly, Spotlight observes innovative science and art projects in labs and studios across New York and beyond. We have aired 20 episodes of Spotlight since end of 2013. In total, Experimenta and Spotlight have been viewed over 7,000 times by more than 400,000 followers.

Population(s) Served

United States youth rank 36th among industrialized nations in math and 28th in science according OECD. Our science, technology, engineering, (ART), and math [STE(+a)M] program meets the need for enriched STEM education by integrating art and science through film. In 2013-2014 we participated in Connected Classrooms, taking students into cutting edge microscopy labs, leading a DNA extraction workshop, and hosting a conversation on the neuroscience of love for Valentine's Day. This year we begin recruiting schools to participate in the program in September, and again, our Connected Classrooms: STE+aM Program will broadcast on Google Hangouts on Air. We expect to have recruited at least 100 students by January, 2015, and will launch in-class projects in March, 2015. The course will take place once weekly and will involve a four-week curriculum as follows:
1. Imaging Life Through Microscopy
2. The Science of Filmmaking
3. Producing Science Film
4. Visualizing Science Data

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

1. Increased collaboration between scientists and filmmakers
2. Transform the way scientists and science are represented in the media

Our programming involves several annual film screenings and festivals at home in New York City and abroad, as well as outreach via the social media, in classrooms, and in workshops and lectures.

Our founder and Executive Director/Artistic Director, is a PhD geneticist, professor of genetics at New York University, educator, and artist/filmmaker. He received his MFA in film production from New York University. He has recruited a cadre of artist-scientists at the forefront of the field to help him realize his mission of educating the public about science while maintaining a commitment to high visual, artistic, and aesthetic standards.

We have seen over 15,000 people walk through our doors and have nearly half a million followers in the social media, however, we recognize our work with youth could be more expansive. We'd like to reach at least 100 high school students annually.

Financials

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Imagine Science Films

Board of directors
as of 6/27/2019
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Board co-chair

Dr Alexis Robert Gambis

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Board co-chair

Ms. Wendy Ettinger

Working Films

Alexis Gambis Chair

New York University

Thomas Jackson Secretary

Zeitblom Fund

Ehsan Pishyar Treasurer

32 Group

Wendy Ettinger Vice Chair

Working Films

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes