The finalists for the first Raw Science Film Festival were screened at Caltech, which received a nod for its contribution to film during the recent Academy Awards, and the awards presented to winners in the Zanuck Theater at Fox Studios on
December 8, 2014. The festival honors talented filmmakers, both student and professional, and gives them the opportunity to receive recognition in front of
a worldwide audience of leaders in entertainment, science, and technology.
In addition to this, the jury is comprised of longstanding members of
the Academy. Andy Hendrickson (CTO, Disney Animation Studios) accepted
an award for “Big Hero 6,” which recently became the winner of the Oscar for Best Animated Feature.
The 2014 Raw Science Film Festival was created by the Raw Science Foundation in association with Raw Science TV. The festival was made possible by the premiere sponsor and partner
Science and Entertainment Exchange
, which connects entertainment industry professionals with top
scientists and engineers to create a synergy between accurate science
storylines in both film and TV programming. $20,000 in cash prizes
were awarded to winning filmmakers.
The festival was curated by Mitchell Block, the Executive Director of Programming for Raw Science TV,
and produced by Yokeena Jamar.
The Jury included Academy Award winning & nominated filmmakers Luke Matheny (Best Short Film, “God of Love”), Randal Kleiser (“Grease” and “Honey I Blew up the Kid”), Martha Coolidge (“Real Genius” and “The Twilight Zone” TV
Series), and John Singleton (“Boyz n the Hood” and “Tupac”), Liz Keim ( The Exploratorium), and Iram Parveen Bilal (“Josh”).
Presenters included Martha Coolidge and Martin Gunderson (“Real Genius”), S&EE’s Kevin Grazier (“Gravity,” “Battlestar Galactica”), Rick Loverd (Science and Entertainment Exchange), and filmmaker Iram Parveen Bilal.
Attendees included Queen Mother Dr. Delois Blakely (UN Ambassador of Goodwill to Africa, New Future Foundation, Inc.) and First Robotics Team 980 for
a screening of the film “Spare Parts” starring George Lopez.
“Filmmakers inspire and balance our advancing society” said Keri Kukral, Founder/CEO of Raw Science. “We want to honor them.”
The awards were specially designed and created by 3D Systems.
Watch a video of the award creation process here: Raw Science Awards
Film Festival Winners:
“Number 32,” directed by Linnea Langkammer
“The Heart Thief,” directed by Ella Rubeli
“Consider the Ant,” directed by Emily Fraser
“Ballet Meets Robotics,” directed by Ashley Rodholm
“Beyond the Spheres,” directed by Meghdad Asadi Lari
“Nzara ’76,” directed by Jon Noble
“The Nostalgist,” directed by Giacomo Cimini
“Habana,” directed by Edouard Salier
“Channeling,” directed by Andrew Thomas.
Kip Thorne Gravity Award for Best Depiction of a Scientific Principle
Kip Thorne (“Interstellar“)
Technical Innovation in Media
Andy Hendrickson and Walt Disney Animation Studios Team (“Big Hero 6“)
Brian Knappenberger (“The Internet’s Own Boy“)
Best University Prank
Dwight Berg a.k.a. “Calvin Techer” (Caltech & The Hollywood Sign, 1987)
The USA Science & Engineering Festival Youth Award
Tim Eddy (“A-Z of Zombies”)
Best University Prank:
The identity of legendary prankster “Calvin Techer” (aka Dwight Berg) was revealed by his surprise appearance at the festival. Berg described (video) the technical details behind one of the
most legendary college pranks of all time – the changing of the Hollywood sign to read “Caltech” in 1987.