Beyond the Films

August 27, 2020

The Science of Kindness: It’s Not Easy Being Nice

Independent Lens in Beyond the Films

Author Josh Kurz is a science communicator and filmmaker, and the co-creator of the audio program Shabam, which uses a zombie apocalypse to talk about real science. By Josh Kurz…...

Cancer researcher Jim Allison playing his blues harmonica
Beyond the Films

April 21, 2020

Meet the Mavericks of Science and Medicine

Independent Lens in Beyond the Films

by Heather Archuletta [caption id="" align="alignright" width="500"] Ignaz Semmelweis[/caption] In 1847, Dr. Ignaz Semmelweis proposed a simple tactic: wash your hands. It’s difficult to imagine this as a medical “breakthrough,”…...


February 12, 2020

Religion, Science and Belief: Unearthing the Thorny Intersection

Craig Phillips in Beyond the Films

Filmmakers Monica Long Ross and Clayton Brown have long been fascinated by how science and culture mix--or don't mix--in America. In short, that relationship is complicated.  They directed and produced…...

NASA astronaut Mae Jemison waits as her suit technician, Sharon McDougle, performs a unpressurized and pressurized leak check on her spacesuit, 1992.
Beyond the Films

July 02, 2019

Space Scientists of Color, and the “Afronauts”

Independent Lens in Beyond the Films

By Satu Runa What drives humankind to explore? There are several factors that can embolden a person to “seek out new civilizations” or “boldly go where no one has gone…...

At the Kennedy Space Center, seven women who once aspired to fly into space stand outside Launch Pad 39B neat the Space Shuttle Discovery, poised for liftoff on the first flight of 1995. They are members of the First Lady Astronaut Trainees (FLATs, also known as the
Beyond the Films

June 28, 2019

Women of the Space Agency: Once Forbidden, No Longer Hidden

Independent Lens in Beyond the Films

By Heather Archuletta In July of 1999, on Apollo 11’s 30th anniversary, at a Kennedy Space Center press conference, NASA astronaut and first moonwalker Neil Armstrong lamented, “School children used…...

October 27, 2014

Is Time Itself Brakeless?

Craig Phillips in Uncategorized

The Nature of Time “I know this much: that there is objective time, but also subjective time, the kind you wear on the inside of your wrist, next to where…...

January 29, 2013

Hundreds of Voucher Schools Teach Creationism in Science Classes

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Zack Kopplin, a student at Rice University and a science education advocate, learned about the Independent Lens film The Revisionaries and contacted us. Kopplin, a winner of the Hugh M.…...


January 25, 2013

Filmmaker Scott Thurman on the Texas Textbook Wars

Maria Goodavage in Uncategorized

We sat down with filmmaker Scott Thurman to discuss what went on behind the scenes of his documentary, The Revisionaries, which chronicles the oft-rancorous battle over Texas textbooks. The Revisionaries…...

December 18, 2012

Filmmaker Q&A: Vanessa Gould’s Path from Origami to Obituaries

Rebecca Huval in Uncategorized

[caption id="attachment_2715" align="alignright" width="300"] Filmmaker Vanessa Gould[/caption] A small square of origami paper can be folded into an infinite number of complicated shapes. Similarly, Vanessa Gould’s documentary career has become…...