Bowery Poetry || Monday, October 16, 8:00PM
Symbiosis Film Lab
Discussion, Screening and Drinks!
Get a behind-the-scenes look at this year's six Symbiosis productions and meet our participants!
Join us at the very special venue Bowery Poetry in downtown Manhattan to get an exclusive look at the 2017 Symbiosis productions mid-way through the competition. Hear from all scientist-filmmaker pairs, view clips of works in progress, and lend your own voice to the conversation about how to work through production challenges!

Tickets are $8 in advance and $12 at the door.
Time and location:

Monday, October 16, 8:00pm
Bowery Poetry
308 Bowery (between Houston and Bleecker)
New York, NY 10012

The Symbiosis Competition
Our yearly short film competition is happening once again at the 10th Annual Imagine Science Film Festival. Symbiosis will bring together scientists and filmmakers to create a science-inspired short film themed Hybrid-Identity over the course of one week.
This project is supported by Science Sandbox, a Simons Foundation initiative dedicated to engaging everyone with the process of science.

The Symbiosis Participants
  • Alexandra Grote
    Alexandra Grote is a PhD candidate at New York University where she studies parasitic nematodes. Trained as a molecular biologist, she is seeking to incorporate computational biology into the study of host-pathogen interactions for the development of novel drug therapies. She received her BA in Integrative Biology from UC Berkeley where she studied fungal biology and ecology. She then moved on to study the biophysics of bacterial cell growth and movement at Stanford University and the Carnegie Institution for Science before pursuing her PhD.
  • Joel Simon
    Joel Simon studied Computer Science and Art before getting involved in bioinformatics. At Rockefeller University he works on developing computational tools to analyze the immune system. He is very interested in the intersection between biology, computer science, and design. Outside of the lab, Joel develops virtual evolution simulations. When not on the computer, he designs and builds lamps, which he will barter for artwork.
  • Merritt Moore
    Merritt Moore is a professional ballet dancer and quantum physicist. She has danced as a member of the Zurich Ballet, Boston Ballet, English National Ballet and London Contemporary Ballet Theatre while graduating honors in physics at Harvard, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Quantum Optics at Oxford University. Recently she has been an astronaut candidate on BB2 "Astronauts: Do you have what it takes?" TV series.

    Merritt has received numerous awards and aspires to show young students that there is no 'standard' personality or set path towards pursuing ones goals.
  • Campbell Watson
    Campbell Watson is an atmospheric scientist with IBM Research and The Weather Company, where he helps build new models in environmental monitoring and remediation. He holds a PhD in atmospheric science from the University of Melbourne (2013) and completed his postdoctoral research at Yale University (2013–2015). Campbell recently completed a six month Fellowship at New Lab, care of Science Sandbox, where he worked on his pet project, Weather for the People. He's spoken about the mysteries of cumulus clouds over Dominica at a pub in Brooklyn, and written about the strangeness of surfing a man-made wave in the heart of Texas.
  • Ramin Rahni
    Ramin Rahni is a biology graduate student at New York University, studying regeneration in plant roots. Using live imaging, he makes tiny time lapse films of growing and regenerating roots to try and understand how a root (re)assembles itself. When he's not at the microscope, he splits his time between playing music and creating animated explainers of biological concepts. He is godfather to many cats across Brooklyn.
  • Huayi Wei
    Huayi Wei is pursuing her doctorate in Neuroscience at New York University. Through her current research, she aims to understand the biological circuits that allow us to see things in motion. In high school and college respectively, Huayi participated in the 48-hour Film Festival and directed a Halloween-themed short-film. For her, filmmaking is like doing scientific research—it's a process of finding answers to questions through artful crafting and intensive teamwork.
  • Giulia Grossmann
    Giulia Grossmann forges links between fiction and reality, blurs the boundaries between documentary, representation and staging. From Native American to Mars Society, she takes an ethnographic look on myths appropriation phenomena and utopias.
    Whether in the mountains, the jungle, the desert or the cosmos, her films link human to his environment within the limits of the ecumene.

    These projects have been shown in various exhibitions and festivals in France and abroad. in particular at the FID Marseille, Short Side (Movies 104), Jeunes Créations (Le centquatre), Environmental Film Festival Australia (EFFA), Instants Vidéos The Armory (Pasadena), Comfort Station (Chicago), FEST (Portugal), FIFEQ (Montreal), Escales La Rochelle, amongst others.
  • Macha Rose
    Macha Rose is a masters degree candidate at The New School for Media Studies. She is originally from Oakland, California where she worked in biotech until becoming a filmmaker and digital content creator. She specializes in producing and directing non fiction digital media storytelling, and is experimenting with cross platform techniques like 360 video.

    Macha's goal is to make content that combines her passion for science and media in new and engaging ways. She is the director of AfroNative Narratives, Food History Mini-Docs, and is producing ongoing content for East Bay Regional Parks and Save Mt. Diablo Foundation.
  • Peter Burr
    Peter Burr is an artist from Brooklyn specializing in animation and installation. A master of computer animation, with a gift for creating images and environments that hover on the boundary between abstraction and figuration, Burr has in recent years devoted himself to exploring the concept of an endlessly mutating labyrinth. Existing as stand-alone pieces, much of his work is also in the process of expanding into a video game through the support of Creative Capital and Sundance.

    Previously, he worked under the alias Hooliganship, and in 2006 founded the video label Cartune Xprez, through which he produced three DVD compilations, live multimedia exhibitions, and touring programs showcasing a multi-generational group of artists at the forefront of experimental animation.
  • Pohjankonna Oy
    Pohjankonna Oy specializes in experimental film production and is based in Helsinki, Finland. Working in the fields of experimental film, animation, illustration and photography, Pohjankonna Oy is a longtime favorite at Imagine Science winning the 7th annual Imagine Science Film Festival Visual Science Award in New York and the Scientific Merit Award at the 3rd Imagine Science Abu Dhabi.
  • Inés Vogelfang
    Inés Vogelfang is a film and television editor, and postproduction coordinator from Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is an alumni of the Documentary Studies Certificate, and currently a student of the MA program at The New School in New York City . For her BA she studied Sound and Image Design at the University of Buenos Aires where she discovered her passion for documentary while making her 2009 non-fiction project Heart of Fantasy on children at a pediatric hospital. She speaks Spanish, French, Portuguese and English; and she will continue to study the world forever, finding different ways to tell the stories she discovers.
  • Brett Ryan Bonowicz
    Brett Ryan Bonowicz is the director of Closer Than We Think and The Perfect 46. His work has been reviewed by the journal Science, Scientific American, and MIT Technology Review. His production company, Clindar is focused on producing science factual films based on cutting edge science and technology. He is currently filming a series that will delve into the lives and techniques of artists who have done work for NASA entitled Artist Depiction.
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