NEW YORK, Sept. 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- The timely short documentary series Let Science Speak is set to premiere on September 20th during the Tribeca TV Festival and will then immediately be available on YouTube and at www.letsciencespeak.com. Let Science Speak leverages intimate storytelling to go beyond the "War on Science" headlines and humanize scientists, showing how their work is connected to the personal values that most Americans can relate to, including innovation, faith, family and civic duty. This six-part series of short films is a direct response to escalating efforts to suppress environmental science and silence scientists. The premiere coincides with the first anniversary of Hurricane Maria's devastating landfall on Puerto Rico – highlighting what is at risk for our health, our homes and our planet when science is under attack.
Watch the trailer: https://youtu.be/yhDF_5dENjg
The series features a stunning, original score by composer, and Fall Out Boy front man, Patrick Stump (Pacific Rim, Big Hero 6). "When I was a little kid, if you had asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up I would always say "Scientist," without hesitation," says Stump. "So to use my music to help tell the stories of these people who are essentially my heroes is very cool."
Let Science Speak will inform and engage viewers about the importance of science in our ever-evolving world. Each episode features a scientist and their field. Scientists included in the episodes are:
- Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, an evangelical Christian and Director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University, explores the intersection of science and faith. (Episode 4)
- Dr. Marshall Shepherd, Director of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Georgia and host for The Weather Channel, reveals why science is the glue that holds communities together. (Episode 3)
- Dr. Dawn Wright, a deep-sea explorer and Chief Scientist at Esri, bridges the worlds between science and industry. (Episode 5)
Additional episodes feature Dr. Johnathan Foley of the California Academy of Sciences (Episode 1), Dr. Jacqueline Gill of the University of Maine (Episode 2) and Dr. Alan Townsend, Provost of Colorado College (Episode 6).
"Chipping away at America's solid scientific foundation means we risk losing much of what we hold dear," says Dr. Townsend. "Let Science Speak is a window into the fundamental humanity of science - and why we all should care about its future."
"It's not just scientists who lose when science is suppressed. The health, safety and security of every citizen is also at risk," says series creator and executive producer Christine Arena. "That is why we aim to call America's attention to the stakes, while portraying scientists as unsung heroes that people will want to support and rally around."
"Defending science is the most critical issue of our time, as without science, other issues become obsolete," says co-director Adam Warmington. "We feel very lucky to be able to leverage our skills as documentary storytellers to help move the needle."
The series was funded in part by The Elizabeth R. & William J. Patterson Foundation, S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, Margaret and Will Hearst, Troy and Leslie Daniels, The Outrider Foundation, The Caldera Foundation, Buckhill Capital and others.
Generous Films is an independent production company focused on socially and politically relevant campaigns that spark change. Let Science Speak was produced by Generous Films, in association with filmmaking studio A+B Pictures.
Tribeca TV Festival brings audiences together to discover new series and be the first to see favorite new season premieres. The 2nd Tribeca TV Festival will celebrate unforgettable storytellers who have shaped what 'peak TV' is today and introduce new voices in episodic storytelling. Over four days at Spring Studios in New York City, each event will feature a conversation with the stars and creators of favorite and soon-to-be-favorite shows. The 2018 Tribeca TV Festival will take place September 20-23.
For more information, to access a screener of the series or to find out about covering the premiere, please contact Kerry Hendry: [email protected]
SOURCE Generous Films