I went to China to find out what is happening. It was like finding a needle in a stack of needles.
Antonio Regalado, MIT Technology Review
They share a passion for science and a gift for storytelling.
Producer/Director, Co-founder and Head of Video Production, Rhumbline Media
Cody Sheehy, is an Emmy award winning filmmaker responsible for the creative vision and execution of high impact documentary and social media campaigns at Rhumbline Media. Cody has successfully produced documentaries and campaigns all over the world, from the Steppes of Mongolia, the Australian Outback, to the Jungles of Costa Rica. His films are focused on stories about our changing world told from the perspective of people in science and the natural environment and have aired on PBS affiliate stations across the United States, Amazon Prime, the Internet and in film festivals. He is also the co-founder of a technology startup company, Filmstacker, that is the first online collaborative video platform to offer real time dynamic exploration of video stories that are created with machine learning. Cody is also the video coordinator for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, where he manages a documentary film unit for the University of Arizona. His unique ability to tell these stories stems from his long passion for science, technology and the environment. He holds a Master’s of Science in Ecology, is a published author in scientific journals, and has worked closely with academics from around the world for nearly two decades. It is his passion to continue to weave science into communication packages that are effective, inspiring, and that have impact in a challenging communication environment.
Producer, Assistant Professor, Arizona State University
Samira Kiani’s career is built around her passion for applying the CRISPR technology to synthetic biology. She has demonstrated multiple transformative innovations with CRISPR, including modulatory circuits that precisely control gene modulation. She has been working in the area of genetic engineering since 2010 in Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), when zinc finger nucleases and Tale Nucleases were introduced for genome engineering in human somatic and stem cells. In 2013, she started to work with the CRISPR technology while pursuing her postdoctoral training in the laboratory of Dr. Ron Weiss (MIT). During her postdoctoral years, she established collaborative projects with pioneers of the field of CRISPR, including Dr. George Church’s lab (Harvard) to further advance CRISPR technology. As an Assistant Professor in the school of Biological and Health Systems Engineering at Arizona State University, she has established her own independent research program to with an interest to develop safer and controllable CRISPR-based gene therapies. She is the receipt of a number of grants from DARPA and National Institute of Health and has recently been selected as American Association for Advancement of Science Leshner Leadership Fellow for Public engagement of science. She serves in the organizing committee of multiple CRISPR and Synthetic Biology conferences and have published high impact papers in the field of CRISPR and synthetic biology.
Advisor, Chief Content Officer, Curiosity Stream
Steve Burns is Chief Content Officer for CuriosityStream.com, a newly launched subscription-video-on-demand (SVOD) channel and is responsible for 600 hours of production and acquisitions. His career spans more than 25 years from National Geographic cinematographer/producer to senior executive positions at Discovery Networks, including GM of Science Channel, returning to National Geographic as Executive Vice President of Global Content for NGC worldwide. Most recently, he was also a freelance Executive Producer for WNET/ NY’s long-running Secrets of the Dead series for PBS in the U.S. At Discovery Channel, Burns was a part of the team that established partnerships with AAAS for a weekly science news program and helped initiate the Montana State University/ Discovery Channel internships and MFA program for natural history and science filmmaking. He has won multiple industry awards, including two Emmys for 5 Years on Mars and Spirit of the Rainforest. His teams have been nominated for two Academy Awards, over 200 Emmy nominations, including dozens of wins, and two Peabody Awards.
Meet the changemakers who are shaping this revolution.
Dr. George Church, PhD
PROFESSOR OF GENETICS, HARVARD MEDICAL SCHOOL
George is shaping the genomic revolution through his influential network in science, business, and political circles. Our team follows George in his Harvard lab, one of the largest in the world, and as he tours his various business interests in the U.S. and China. Ultimately, he reveals that his trials with dogs to reverse aging are underway and that human trials begin in two years. His vision for the future is one that can imagine how genomics will enable humans to sustain a massive population on the Earth and other planets.
SENIOR EDITOR, MIT TECHNOLOGY REVIEW
In many ways Antonio serves as a lone watchdog on the remarkable technological achievements in genomic engineering and the implications to future society. Our team arranged for Antonio to interview Professor Huang (who edited humans embryos in 2014) and was present when Antonio met Dr. He Jiankui (whose clinical trials have lead to the first gene edited babies). Our film follows Antonio as he breaks the International CRISPR baby story.
Josiah Zayner, PhD
Dr. Josiah Zayner the anointed leader of the Biohackers, has a strong and controversial voice online that actively promotes the dissemination of low cost genetic engineering knowledge and tools to the public. His story begins in a childhood dominated with pentecostal religion, to working as a genetic scientist for NASA, and ultimately to dropping out of mainstream science. He serves as our guide to the underground world of outsider non-scientists who are adapting these new technologies for their own experiments. The importance of his story is made relevant by the FBI special agents who are keeping track of “insider, outsider, and nation state threats” and the bioterrorism countermeasures in development.
Arizona State University
University of Arizona
Arizona Community Foundation
MIT Technology Review
American Association for the Advancement of Arts and Sciences
Leshner Leadership Institute for Public Engagement with Science
American Society for Gene and Cell Therapy
BioCurious Mexican Biosafety Association
Galen McCaw – Sound Recordist and Sound Design
Nicholas Shadid – Co-producer and Advisor for China
Geoffrey O’Conner – Consulting Producer
Matt Rahr – Assistant Producer
Kim Daly – Creative Director and UX/UI Designer
Craig Boesewetter – Designer, Developer and Web Strategist
J.D. Gibbs – Interactive Web Experience Architect
Jatta Sheehy – Story and Social Media Consultant
Lauren Remy – Social Media Coordinator
Cassie Rosa – Social Media Co-Coordinator
Ben Hurlbut – Bioethicist and Associate Professor, School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University
Kenneth Oye – Professor of Political Science and Institute for Data, Systems, and Society (IDSS); Director, Program on Emerging Technologies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
David Gillum – Chief of Staff, Environmental Health and Safety; Director, Biosafety and Biosecurity, Arizona State University
Maria Chavez – Executive Director, BioCurious
Megan Palmer – Senior Research Scholar, Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC), Stanford University
Sam Weiss Evans – Science and Technology Studies Scholar, Harvard University and Tufts University
James Collins – Senior Sustainability Scientist, Arizona State University
Andrew Hessel – CEO of Humane Genomics Inc., a seed-stage company developing virus-based therapies for cancer, starting with dogs