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Aerosols: 2018 Reel Science Challenge

Reel Science Challenge at San Francisco Green Film Festival

25 八月 2018 to 12 九月 2018

This event is part of the San Francisco Green Film Festival.

We pair a scientist with a filmmaker and give them a deadline to make a film. Their challenge: Create art from climate science. We invite musicians, actors, dancers, and artists to join the creativity. These unlikely teams endeavor to make films that connects audiences with climate research in a unique way, a new expression of empirical data. Films may include humor, romance, stunts... There are no boundaries.

Can a scientist express their passion for the verifiable into something ephemeral? If a research paper could be published as a musical, could it win a Tony? These are questions The Reel Science Challenge attempts to answer.

Scientists get public exposure for their research. Artists contribute to fighting climate change. The public connects to research like never before. Time commitment can be as short as one afternoon. Everyone has fun!

11AM August 25: Matchmaker Kickoff @ The Exploritorium - Kanbar Forum - Open to the Public

Teams meet each other for the first time. Join us for the kickoff when scientists meet their filmmaker partners. Scientists give a short public talk about their climate research, and we'll introduce their creative partners to the public. We hope it's not as awkward as a nerdy dating show. Come witness the creative chemistry, and hopefully sparks begin to fly.

The Exploritorium - Kanbar Forum

Pier 15
(Embarcadero at Green Street)
San Francisco, CA 94111

6PM Sept 12: Screening San Francisco Public Library - Koret Auditorium - FREE!

Final movies will be filmed as part of the San Francisco Green Film Festival program along with feature "Spirit of Discovery" (
Main Library
100 Larkin St.
San Francisco, 94102

Interested in participating? If you are a scientist, filmmaker, musician, actor, dancer, visual artist or other creative, sign up here. We will help you find a team and send you more information:


How much time must I commit to the Reel Science Challenge?
You can commit as little as one afternoon. You indicate your time availability on the interest sign up form (
Some teams will shoot their movie the same afternoon as the kickoff meeting (Aug 25, 2018). Other teams will choose to spend more time. Filmmakers will probably spend some in post production after the shoot. The time they spend is up to them.

I know a scientist or a filmmaker I want to work with. Can I form a team with them before the event?
Yes, if you are a filmmaker with a scientist friend or a scientist with a filmmaker friend, you can sign up as a team in advance. Many teams, however, will be created at the kickoff.

I'd like to work with my entire lab or film crew. Can we sign up together?
Yes, we encourage you to have fun with your entire group and be creative together.

I have an idea for a movie I want to make. Will I be able to make it?
Possibly. Remember these movies are a spontaneous collaboration, so please approach this project with an open mind. Bring your ideas to the table and listen to others as well. Your finished product may be better for it!