Imagine Science Films is excited to offer $20,000 in awards to science filmmakers! Films will be voted on by the 2014 ISFF Jury comprised of scientists, artists and filmmakers including Dr. James Watson, Marina Abramović, Karen Cooper, Dr. David Chalmers, Rachel Sussman & Dustin Yellin. Awards will be presented on Thursday, October 23rd at Pioneer Works in Brooklyn. More details on award ceremony here.
Dr. James D. Watson
James D. Watson was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1928 and educated at the University of Chicago. In 1953, while at Cambridge University, he and Francis Crick successfully proposed the double helical structure for DNA, a feat described by Sir Peter Medawar as “the greatest achievement of science in the twentieth century.” For this work, Watson and Crick, together with Maurice Wilkins, were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1962. While a Professor at Harvard, Watson commenced a writing career that generated the seminal text, Molecular Biology of the Gene, the best-selling autobiographical volume, The Double Helix, and most recently Avoid Boring People. Later, while leading the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, he was a driving force behind setting up the Human Genome Project, a major factor in his receipt in 1993 of the Copley Medal from the Royal Society that elected him a member in 1981. Dr. Watson has received honorary degrees from many universities including The University of Chicago (1961), Harvard University (1978), Cambridge University (1993), University of Oxford (1995), Trinity College, Dublin (2001), and Uppsala University (2007). Among many honors, Watson was elected in 1962 to the National Academy of Sciences and, in 1977, received from President Ford the Medal of Freedom. He received the National Medal of Science in December 1997, the City of Philadelphia Liberty Medal on July 4, 2000, the Benjamin Franklin Medal awarded by the American Philosophical Society in 2001. Queen Elizabeth II proclaimed him an honorary Knight of the British Empire on January 1, 2002. He received the Capo d’Orlando Prize in Vico Equense, Italy in 2009 and the Prizvanie Award in Moscow, Russia in 2010. Dr. Watson has served the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in several capacities since 1968 [Director 1968-1994, President 1994-2003, Chancellor 2003-2007] and currently is Chancellor Emeritus.
Marina Abramovic is a New York-based Serbian performance artist who began her career in the early 1970s. Active for over four decades, her work explores the relationship between performer and audience, the limits of the body, and the possibilities of the mind. Abramovic was awarded the Golden Lion for Best Artist at the 1997 Venice Biennale. In 2008, she was decorated with the Austrian Commander Cross for her contribution to art history. Recently, Abramovic completed the three month performance “512 Hours” at the Serpentine Gallery in London. Upcoming exhibitions include solo shows at London’s Lisson Gallery and New York’s Sean Kelly Gallery. In 2010, Abramovic had her first major U.S. retrospective and simultaneously performed for 716 hours in “The Artist is Present” at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. During this performance, Abramovic engaged in mutual gaze with more than one thousand strangers over the course of three months. Over 750,000 visitors came to view “The Artist Is Present” and Abramovic was inspired by the general public’s desire to engage with long durational and immaterial works. This is when her vision for Marina Abramovic Institute (MAI) was born. MAI will serve as Abramovic’s legacy, not in the traditional sense as a monument to her own work, but instead as a venue that will expand the accessibility of immaterial and long durational work and create new possibilities for collaboration among thinkers of all fields.
Since 1972 Karen Cooper has been Director of Film Forum, presiding over the growth of this New York City non-profit cinema from its early years as a 50-seat screening room to its present operation: a year-round, 3-screen movie house, presenting new American independents and foreign art features, as well as repertory programming, to up to 300,000 people annually. The theater’s NYC premieres include dramatic, documentary, and animated films. Among those directors whose films she has premiered: Werner Herzog, Agnès Varda, Chris Marker, Frederick Wiseman, Terence Davies, Heddy Honigmann, the Quay Brothers, Jan Svankmajer, D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus, Wim Wenders, Michael Haneke, Asghar Farhadi, Rithy Panh, Nicolas Philibert, and Margarethe von Trotta. Cooper has been a member of film festival juries around the world, including those in Naples, Morelia, Oberhausen, Leipzig, Vancouver, Sarajevo, Amsterdam and Copenhagen.
David Chalmers is a philosopher at the Australian National University and New York University. He is Officially a Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and director of the Centre for Consciousness at ANU, and Professor of Philosophy and co-director of the Center for Mind, Brain, and Consciousness at NYU. He works in the philosophy of mind and in related areas of philosophy and cognitive science. Chalmers is especially interested in consciousness, philosophy of mind and language, metaphysics and epistemology, and the foundations of cognitive science.
Rachel Sussman is a contemporary artist based in Brooklyn. She has spoken on the TED main stage and at the Long Now Foundation, is a Guggenheim, NYFA and MacDowell Colony Fellow, and is a trained member of Al Gore’s Climate Reality Leadership Corps. Her photographs and writing have been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Guardian, and NPR’s Picture Show. Her book, The Oldest Living Things in the World, a New York Times Bestseller in Science, was published by the University of Chicago Press in April. She was recently awarded the LACMA Art + Tech Lab grant to produce new work exploring Deep Time and deep space in conjunction with SpaceX and NASA JPL. A solo exhibition of Sussman’s work is on view at the Pioneer Works Center for Art and Innovation in Red Hook, Brooklyn, from September 13 to November 2, 2014.
Born in California in 1975 and raised in Colorado, Dustin Yellin is a contemporary artist and the founder of Pioneer Works, Center for Art + Innovation, a 27,000 square foot iron works building converted into a not-for-profit multidisciplinary space. This past summer, Yellin received the first ever Nelson Mandela Award, presented by the PTTOW and Nelson Mandela Foundation. The Triptych, Yellin’s 12-ton sculpture, was recently shown at the Savannah College of Art and Design Museum in Georgia. He lives in Red Hook, Brooklyn.
Panavision Award – $15,000
The Panavision Award, which includes a $15,000 gift certificate to Panavision, will be given to the science-filmmaker teams participating in the 48 Hour Film Competition that makes the most engaging & creative science narrative short.
Scientific Merit Award – $2,500
The Nature Scientific Merit Award is given to the film that best exemplifies science in narrative filmmaking in a compelling, credible and inspiring manner.
People’s Choice Award – $1,000
Don’t miss your chance to vote for your favorite film! The Nature People’s Choice Award is given to the film that receives the most audience votes during the festival.
The Scientist Award – $500
The Science/AAAS Scientist Award is given to the film that best depicts a scientist in an accurate and original way.
Visual Science Award – $1,000
The Imaginal Visual Science Award is given to a film that best depicts science in a visually-engaging manner.
Short Films that receive particular attention by Imagine Science Films, its sponsors, and science/art connections.