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198 - Alexis Gambis - Film, Science, Art , and Sundance Award-Winning Filmmaking

Hello, Indie Creatives!

In this episode, we have a conversation with Filmmaker and Biologist Alexis Gambis (@agambis on IG, @alexisgambis on Twitter). We talk about his films 'Son of Monarchs,' 'The Color of Time,' 'The Fly Room,' and 'The Next Jaguar.' His "Netflix of Science" platform, Labocine, how Spike Lee became a mentor and investor, CRISPR, how winning at Sundance changed his life, and his annual film festival, Imagine Science (and so much more). Enjoy!


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Alexis Gambis is a French-Venezuelan filmmaker and biologist. His films combine documentary and fiction, often embracing animal perspectives and experimenting with new forms of scientific storytelling.

His second feature “Son of Monarchs” delves into issues of identity, (im)migration, and evolution. The Mexican-American narrative premiered at Sundance in 2021 in the NEXT category and was awarded the Sloan Feature Film Prize. It received the Grand Jury Prize of the New American Competition at the 2021 Seattle International Film Festival. Screen Daily called the film “a visually flamboyant film...a daring mosaic which floats like a butterfly.

Alexis founded the Imagine Science Film Festival that is celebrating its 14th year of showcasing the latest science filmmaking from around the world. Five years ago, he launched the sister platform Labocine, a virtual ecosystem showing curated science cinema online and sparking collaborations between scientists, artists, and educators.

Alexis’ TED Talk proposes a new manifesto around science and cinema, referred to as the Science New Wave, that celebrates diversity, hybridity, and collaboration in scientific storytelling. He is currently working on his next feature “The Next Jaguar” that merges pressing issues about animal endangerment, climate change, and indigenous rights.


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Darren Aronofsky (producer)

Pi (film)

The Color of Time (film)

James Franco (actor)

C.K. Williams (poet)

Four Rooms (film)

Hollywood Foreign Press Association

Spike Lee (director)

NYU Film School

The Code Breaker by Walter Isaacson (book)

Ted Fellows Program

My American Uncle (film)

Gattaca (film)

All Light, Everywhere (documentary)

Theo Anthony (director)

All Light Will End (film)


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