Stewart Brand is a legendary man - an icon of the beatnik era, writer, biologist, propagator of environmental causes, creator of the famous The Whole Earth Catalog, a combination of counterculture magazine, survival guide and catalog of products necessary to lead an independent, self-sufficient life. It was Brand in the 1960s who started a campaign calling on NASA to publish photos of the Earth taken by satellites (an idea he came up with while tripping on LSD) because he believed that when people saw their planet from space, they would start to think seriously about it. This is a colorful portrait of this extraordinary character: radical ecologist, pioneer of modern cybernetics and master of controversy, who inspired the creators of Silicon Valley (Steve Jobs once said that The Whole Earth Catalog is Google in paperback form), as well as politicians. How is he doing today, in times of social unrest and the impending climate catastrophe?
Audience award nominated film. Please pick up a voting card on entering the screening and tear in a place marking your opinion and throw it into an assigned box after the screening (cards and boxes will be available at the theaters). The filmmakers have a chance of winning $5,000 sponsored by BNY Mellon, Poland.
David Alvarado and Jason Sussberg are American directors and producers (Alvarado is also the cinematographer and Sussberg an editor) and founders of the Structure Films studio, which produces science documentaries. Their first film, The Immortalists, won an award at the Tacoma Film Festival. Their productions have screened at SXSW and London Film Festivals. We Are As Gods was nominated for the Golden Gate Award at the San Francisco Festival.
2014 The Immortalists
2017 Bill Nye: Science Guy
2020 Coded (TV series doc.)
2021 Jak bogowie / We Are As Gods (doc.)