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Planet Earth

Swans and stem cells: winners of this year's Imagine Science Film Festival

The LoomBy Carl ZimmerOctober 26, 2011 3:47 AM

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For the third year in a row I had the pleasure of serving as a judge for the Imagine Science Film Festival. Along with fellow judged neuroscientists David Eagelman and Darcy Kelley and documentary filmmaker Robb Moss, I watched a slew of short films that touched in one way or another on science. The awards were just announced, and so I thought I'd hunt around for some online sites where you can watch them, either as previews or in their entirety. Here's what I found: The Scientist Award went to the best short that depicts a scientist in an accurate and original way. We awarded it to "Chasing Birds in Beringia" by Stephani Gordon: The Nature Scientific Merit Award went to the best short that incorporated science in a compelling narrative. The winner was Eagleman Stag, by Mikey Pease. Here's a trailer; the full movie is ten minutes long. The Visual Science Award was given to the best short that depicts a science in a visually-engaging manner. This year's winner was "Breast Stem Cells" by Etsuko Uno & Drew Barry. Here's their visualization: There were also some movies that got honorable mentions. For the Scientific Merit, here's the trailer to the creepy, understated "The Sierra Project" and here's "Yuri Lennon," which packs a lot of drama into a very long shot at an astronomer's face. This is the full movie, with German subtitles. For the Scientist Award, here's "E. chromi": and "Transgenic Spidergoats": For Visual Science, "How to Feed the World": And finally, "Do you know what nano means?" The Nature's People's Choice Award, the best film voted by the Imagine Science Film Festival audience members, went to "Until," a movie about longevity by Barry Gibb. If I find the video, I'll post it. Congratulations to the winners, and thanks to everyone who is putting science on film in one way or another!

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