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Film Selection 2022
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Our 15th Anniversary Imagine Science Film Festival brings you our most expansive slate to date, with more than 100 films that shake up the very conventions of a "science film". Scientific storytelling is fearlessly experimenting in form and style. Scientific stories are becoming more personal and hybrid, tackling issues pertaining both to the individual and the world at-large. How are artists, scientists, and educators working together to create singular narratives? The boundaries between scientific data and cinema magic are dissolving. Similar to developing organisms, science films are emerging with new traits and new forms. The Science New Wave is born.

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8 days / 43 programs / 101 films / 29 features / 72 shorts / 46 countries / 8 World Premieres / 7 International Premieres / 32 US Premieres / 8 East Coast Premieres/ 21 New York Premieres.

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Science New Wave
(SN) Science New Wave - Features (≥ 50 min) that range in form and blend aesthetics, cultures, and processes. These films represent the very essence of the Science New Wave and its underlying traits. They push the boundaries of how science and cinema intertwine to bring us daring, avant-garde, and powerful scientific messages.

IN COMPETITION (in-person + streaming)
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Burial | Emilija Skarnulyte, Lithuania / Norway, 60 min, 2022
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Derek Changes His Mind | Derek Dabkoski, Ian McClellan, Im Joong Kim, USA, 78 min, 2022
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H6 | Ye Ye, China, 114 min, 2021 - East Coast Premiere
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Helena from Sarayaku | Eriberto Gualinga, Ecuador, 70 min, 2022
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Fire of Love | Sara Dosa, USA / Canada, 93 min, 2021
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Into the Ice | Lars Ostenfeld, Denmark, 90 min, 2022 - East Coast Premiere
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Karmalink | Jake Wachtel, Cambodia, 102 min, 2021
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Letter from Yene | Manthia Diawara, Senegal, 50 min, 2022 - US Premiere
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Maika: The Girl from Another Galaxy | Ham Tran, Vietnam, 105 min, 2022
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Neptune Frost | Saul Williams, Anisia Uzeyman, Rwanda, 105 min, 2022
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Of Medicine and Miracles | Ross Kauffman, USA, 95 min, 2022
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Scales (Sayidat Al Bahr) | Shahad Ameen, UAE / Saudi / Iraq, 75 min, 2020
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The Human Trial - Would you go first? | Lisa Hepner, Guy Mossman, USA, 92 min, 2022 - East Coast Premiere
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The Invisible Extinction | Steven Lawrence, Sarah Schenck, USA, 80 min, 2022 - US Premiere
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The Sacred Spirit (Espíritu sagrado) | Chema Garcia Ibarra, Spain / France / Turkey, 97 min, 2021
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The Year of the Everlasting Storm | Jafar Panahi, Anthony Chen, Malik Vitthal, Laura Poitras, Dominga Sotomayor, David Lowery, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, USA, 115 min, 2021
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Time Theorem (Teorema de Tiempo) | Andrés Kaiser, Mexico, 90 min, 2021 - US Premiere
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Tigre Gente | Elizabeth Unger, USA, 93 min, 2021
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Life Begins, Life Ends (Vida Comienza, Vida Termina) | Rafael Palacio Illingworth, Switzerland / Argentina, 80 min, 2021
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Zoo Lock Down | Andreas Horvath, Austria, 72 min, 2022 - US Premiere
SPOTLIGHT
(SP) Spotlight - Films that are timeless, as they evoke elements of the past while connecting with the present and future. Spotlights also include emblematic films that speak to today's issues. Some programs are hosted in partnership with like-minded organizations.

OUT OF COMPETITION (in-person)

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Alphaville: The Strange Adventure of Lemmy Caution | Jean-Luc Godard, France, 99 min, 1965
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Geographies of Solitude | Jacquelyn Mills, Canada, 104 min, 2021
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My Love Affair with Marriage | Signe Baumane, Latvia / USA / Luxembourg, 104 min, 2022
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The Dam (Le Barrage) | Ali Cherri, Sudan, 84 min, 2021
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Utama | Alejandro Loayza Grisi, Bolivia / Uruguay / France, 87 min, 2022
LABOCINE CLOSE-UPS
(CU) Our partner Labocine has selected a few avant-garde, subject-specific pieces that show us an intimate view of the world around us. These are films that should not be overlooked but examined more closely, carefully dissected, and appreciated without the constraint of time and space.
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Another Presence | Simon Ball, United Kingdom, 12 min, 2022
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Cell Worlds | Renaud Pourpre, Terence Saulnier, Youenn Lerb, France, 27 min, 2022
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O, Collecting Eggs Despite the Times (O, Eier sammeln trotz der Zeit) | Pim Zwier, Germany, 80 min, 2021 - US Premiere
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The Ball in the Center | Julien Lamy, France, 5 min, 2022 - World Premiere
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The Garden of the Future (El jardín del futuro) | Alexis Gambis, USA / Spain, 4 min, 2022
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The Great Refractor | Andy Graydon, USA, 32 min, 2022
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The Sower of Stars (El sembrador de estrellas) | Lois Patiño, Portugal, 25 min, 2022
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Medusa | Chloé Malcotti, Belgium, 77 min, 2021
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The Last Human (Siunissaq Det Sidste Menneske) | Ivalo Frank, Denmark / Greenland, 80 min, 2022 - US Premiere
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White Noise (Le fond de L'air) | Simon Beaulieu, Canada, 77 min, 2022
SHORTS
(SH) From fiction to documentary to animation, our short films (< 50 min) contain imaginative narratives and stunning imagery. They celebrate new voices and interdisciplinary collaborations that explore how cinema and research overlap. Our short films embody the essence of the festival.

IN COMPETITION (in-person + streaming)
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A Language of Shapes | Samantha Moore, United Kingdom, 6 min, 2022 - US Premiere
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A Perfect Storm | Karel Doing, 3 min, United Kingdom, 2022 - NY Premiere
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A River in Winter (Un fleuve d'hiver) | Félix Lamarche, Canada, 28 min, 2022 - US Premiere
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AFREET: Honeycomb Boom | Omar Al-Nakib, Kuwait, 10 min, 2022 - World Premiere
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Anxious Body | Yoriko Mizushiri, Japan, 6 min, 2022
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Aralkum | Daniel Asadi Faezi & Mila Zhluktenko, Uzbekistan / Germany, 13 min, 2022
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Aribada | Simon(e) Jaikiriuma Paetau, Natalia Escobar, Germany, 30 min, 2022
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As We See (Cómo miramos) | Xavier Nueno, Spain, 22 min, 2021 - US Premiere
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Bad Seed (Mauvaise graine) | Nadège Herrygers, France, 12 min, 2022 - NY Premiere
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彡 Biopixels | Kristina Dutton, USA, 3 min, 2022 - US Premiere
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Black Mayonnaise | Nathan Kensinger, USA, 9 min, 2022
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Boobs (Lolos) | Marie Valade, Canada, 7 min, 2021 - NY Premiere
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Busy (Bergtatt) | Jan Otto Ertesvåg, Norway, 7 min, 2021 - US Premiere
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Celebritas Ex Machina | Joe Nicolosi, USA, 12 min, 2021 - NY Premiere
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Chaytu (Fantasma) | Pável Quevedo Ullauri, Costa Rica, 7 min, 2021 - NY Premiere
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Chemical Somnia | Scott Portingale, Canada, 4 min, 2022
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Cinegraffic Score | Tim Grabham, United Kingdom, 5 min, 2021 - International Premiere
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Coming Out with the Help of a Time Machine | Naman Gupta, USA, 15 min, 2021
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Constant | Sasha Litvintseva, Beny Wagner, Germany / United Kingdom, 40 min, 2022
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Diseases of trees (Las enfermedades de los árboles) | Diseases of trees (Las enfermedades de los árboles) | Dídac Gimeno, Spain, 12 min, 2022 - NY Premiere
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Diteggiatura | Riccardo Giacconi, Italy, 17 min, 2022
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Dream of a Shadow (work-in-progress) | Peter Galison, USA, 21 min, 2022
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Dreamer of a Final Theory | Molly Murphy, USA, 2 min, 2022 - NY Premiere
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Elena | Biruté Sodeikaité, Lithuania / France / Croatia, 13 min, 2021 - NY Premiere
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État du Langage | Nicolas Lefebvre & Camille Zisswiller, France, 13 min, 2022 - International Premiere
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Everything Near Becomes Distant (Tout ce qui était proche s'éloigne) | Yunyi Zhu, China / France, 22 min, 2021 - US Premiere
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Exhumed (Exhumados) | Rodrigo Moreno Esquivel, Mexico, 9 min, 2022 - International Premiere
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Forests (Forêts) | Simon Plouffe, Canada, 16 min, 2022
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Further and Further Away (Chhngai Dach Alai) | Polen Ly, Cambodia, 24 min, 2022
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Global Fruit | G. Anthony Svatek, USA, 4 min, 2022
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Haulout | Evgenia Arbugaeva, Maxim Arbugaev, United Kingdom, 25 min, 2022 - East Coast Premiere
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Hybrid Terrains | Elise Guillaume, Belgium, 6 min, 2021 - US Premiere
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IEVA | Vytautas Plukas, Domas Petronis, Lithuania, 14 min, 2021 - East Coast Premiere
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Imagination Blind: Aphantasia Explained | George Lee, United Kingdom, 1 min, 2021 - US Premiere
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Interior Six (Interior seis) | Mauricio Sánchez Arias, Mexico 16 min, 2022 - US Premiere
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It's Raining Frogs Outside (Ampangabagat Nin Talakba Ha Likol) | Maria Estela Paiso, Philippines, 14 min, 2021
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Pragma | Ellie Heydon, United Kingdom, 19 min, 2021
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Release (Déversement) | Baptiste Grison, Canada, 9 min, 2022 - World Premiere
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Quarries | Ellie Ga, USA, 40 min, 2022
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La Plage aux êtres | Kendra McLaughlin, France, 20 min, 2022 - US Premiere
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Light of the Night | Matej Pok, Slovakia, 39 min, 2020 - US Premiere
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Men of Salt (Hombres de Sal) | Luis Armando Sosa Gil, Mexico, 14 min, 2022 - NY Premiere
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Moonrise | Rowena Potts, Australia, 11 min, 2021 - East Coast Premiere
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NAYA (Der Wald hat Tausend Augen) | Sebastian Mulder, Netherlands, 24 min, 2021
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Nanoscapes | Kristina Dutton, USA, 4 min, 2022 - US Premiere
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Nuisance Bear | Jack Weisman, Gabriela Osio Vanden, Canada, 14 min, 2021
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Of Wood | Owen Klatte, USA, 7 min, 2022
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Shadow of the Butterflies (L'ombre des papillons) | Sofia El Khyari, Morocco / France, 9 min, 2022 - US Premiere
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Sideral | Carlos Segundo, Brazil, 15 min, 2021
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Spark | Camille Hollett-French, Canada, 19 min, 2022 - NY Premiere
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Subserotic Bulge | Flis Holland, Finland, 20 min, 2021
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Suncatcher (Atrapaluz)| Kim Torres, Costa Rica, 20 min, 2021
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Teacher | Xiaoting Zhong, China, 18 min, 2022 - World Premiere
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Terrain Vague | Edward Kihn, USA, 48 min, 2021 - East Coast Premiere
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There's a Bison on The Prairie | Morgan Miller, USA, 7 min, 2022
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The Empty Sphere (Le Cercle vide) | | The Empty Sphere | Stephanie Roland, Micronesia, 20 min, 2022 - US Premiere
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The Sprayer | Farnoosh Abeo, Iran, 9 min, 2022 - NY Premiere
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The Two Faces of Tomorrow | Patrick Hough, United Kingdom / Ireland, 39 min, 2021 - US Premiere
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The Unveiled | Andres Rovira, USA, 9 min, 2021 - US Premiere
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This Wild Abyss | Thomas Mendolia, USA, 23 min, 2022 - NY Premiere
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Virtual Voice | Suzannah Mirghani, Sudan / Qatar, 7 min, 2021
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Off Power | Théodora Barat, France, 17 min, 2021
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Our Friendly Little Bugs (Nos amies les petites bêtes) | Marie-Jo Long, France, 4 min, 2022 - US Premiere
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Patouille and the Parachute Seeds | Inès Bernard-Espina, Mélody Boulissière, Clémentine Campos, France, 7 min, 2021 - NY Premiere
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Places We'll Breathe (Mjesta koja cemo disati) | Davor Sanvincenti, Croatia, 21 min, 2021 - US Premiere
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Wrought | Anna Sigrithur, Joel Penner, Canada, 19 min, 2022 - East Coast Premiere
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