The conference kicks off with a day dedicated to science and cinema, and to the creative exchange between the two. With continued support from the Lundbeck Foundation, CPH:DOX returns with its popular CPH:SCIENCE programme to celebrate the value of science in society in the “Age of Misinformation” with increasingly curious definitions of what constitutes fact.
Curated by Greg Boustead of Science Sandbox, we will hear from the most celebrated independent artists, directors, producers, and academics in the world, when we unpack and explore new approaches to science storytelling.

Date: Monday, March 25
Time: 10:00 – 17:00
Location: Social Cinema
Kunsthal Charlottenborg



The day is curated and hosted by:

Greg Boustead
Program Director
Science Sandbox
USA

With a multidisciplinary career in science communication, Greg Boustead has brought sophisticated science content to broad audiences, across many platforms. In 2015, he helped launch Science Sandbox, a Simons Foundation initiative dedicated to inspiring a deeper interest in science, especially among those who don’t think of themselves as science enthusiasts. Greg leads the group’s documentary film work and believes in the power of storytelling to help make science relevant to more people.

 

10:00-10:50

Controlled Hallucinations: Consciousness, Perception & Storytelling

How do billions of brain cells collectively construct the world we experience? It could be that perceptions are controlled hallucinations, reality is a matter of consensus, and storytelling is how our brains make sense of it all. Here, renowned neuroscientist Anil Seth will explore the biological basis of consciousness and its relationship to how we experience art and cinema; how these insights might inform the process of filmmaking; and how innovations in film and media can move the science forward, too.

Anil Seth
Professor of Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience
University of Sussex
UK

10:50-12:15

Anatomy of a Scene: Emerging Voices, Radical Perspectives

Revealing and dissecting new work from four of the most innovative and groundbreaking independent artists in science documentary. Each filmmaker will present and dissect a scene from an in-process project that illuminates a signature element of their approach to science documentary, focusing on a specific narrative goal. Moderated by Tabitha Jackson of Sundance Institute, a conversation and audience questions will follow each scene. 

Tabitha Jackson (Moderator)
Director, Documentary Film Program & Fund
Sundance Institute
USA

Theo Anthony
Filmmaker
Future Image Solutions, LLC
USA

Zara Zerny
Director
Manna Film
Denmark

Maria Møller Kjeldgaard
CEO & Producer
Manna Film
Denmark

Adam Bolt
Director
News and Guts
USA

Shalini Kantayya
Director/Producer
7th Empire Media
USA

12:15-13:00

The Pleasure Principle: Celebrating Humanity in Science

The story of science is not just about measurements, DNA testing and brain-scans. It is also one of passion, of creativity, of doggedness. Ultimately, the story of science is a story of the human spirit. In this masterclass, join director of critically-acclaimed Genetic Me (2014) and upcoming feature documentary Hunting for Hedonia (2019 CPH:SCIENCE Opening Night film), Pernille Rose Grønkjær, who will share how to imbue scientific subject matter with emotional, aesthetic, and cinematic dimensions.

Pernille Rose Grønkjær
Director
Danish Documentary
Denmark

14:00-14:30

Case Study: Cheating Death (and Misinformation)

Often, debunking misinformation and myths with science can come off as judgmental and pedantic. In this case study, Tim will use his new Netflix series to highlight the importance of humor and empathy in tacking pseudoscience and connecting to audiences.

Timothy Caulfield
Research Director Health Law Institute
University of Alberta
USA

14:30-15:00

SPHERES: Immersed in the Songs of Spacetime

Ever since SPHERES — a new virtual-reality experience about black holes, directed by Eliza McNitt and produced by Darren Aronofsky — broke records with a blockbuster acquisition at Sundance last year, it has become the single most anticipated VR roll-out in the world. The experience starring Millie Bobby Brown, Jessica Chastain, and Patti Smith debuted at SXSW, Tribeca, Telluride, and the Venice Film Festival where it received the Grand Prix in Virtual Reality. Here, the director will reveal the making of SPHERES and reflect on the future of immersive cinema as a powerful tool for science storytelling.

Eliza McNitt
Filmmaker  Writer/Director
SPHERES
USA

15:00-15:45

Behind the scene: A Portrait of the Scientist as an Artist

A deep dive into the making of Werner Herzog’s Emmy- and Critics Choice-nominated documentary, Into the Inferno, with the film’s co-creator and volcanologist, Clive Oppenheimer. The scientist-cum-filmmaker takes us behind the scenes of the production and reflects on the inherent tension between the role of the scientist and storyteller in science filmmaking. He’ll also share an exclusive sneak peek of what’s next for the collaborative pair.

Clive Oppenheimer
Filmmaker &
Professor of Volcanology
University of Cambridge
UK

16:00-17:00

Townhall: Science Documentary – Why bother?

Lost in the shuffle of new hyped projects, festival darlings, and production budgets is a worthwhile question: Why does any of this matter? Weaving threads from the day’s discussion and tying new knots with provocative prompts, this almost-behaved Townhall discussion will cap the day with a diverse panoply of perspectives, and invite brave audience members to enter the fray.

Britt Wray
(Moderator)
Science writer and broadcaster
USA / Canada

Rodolphe Barrangou
Professor
North Carolina State University
USA

Sine Plambech
Senior Researcher
Anthropologist
Film Director
DIIS
Denmark

Ian Cheney
Director
USA

Elliot Kirschner
Executive Producer
The Wonder Collaborative
USA

Sharon Shattuck
Director/Producer
USA

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