by Laura Nix
Meet passionate teenage innovators from around the globe who are creating cutting-edge solutions to
confront the world’s environmental threats – found right in their own backyards – while navigating the
doubts and insecurities that mark adolescence. Take a journey with these inspiring teens as they prepare
their projects for the largest convening of high school scientists in the world, the Intel International
Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF).
English, Spanish, Indonesian
Directed by: Laura Nix
Produced by: Diane Becker, p.g.a., Melanie Miller, p.g.a., Laura Nix, p.g.a.
Executive Produced by: Julie Goldman, Christopher Clements, David J. Cornfield, Linda A. Cornfield, Sharon Chang, Ian Darling, David Guy Elisco, Dennis Liu, Patty Quillin, Andrea Van Buren
Edited by: Helen Kearns
Director of Photography: Martina Radwan
Music by: Laura Karpman
Co-Producer: Beth McNamara
Co-Executive Producers: Leslie Berriman, Nancy Blachman, Carolyn Hepburn, Nion McEvoy, Lynda Weinman, Jenifer Westphal
DIRECTOR - LAURA NIX
Laura Nix is a Chicken and Egg Breakthrough Filmmaker Award winner in 2018, and was awarded the Sundance Institute/Discovery Impact Fellowship in 2017. She previously directed THE YES MEN ARE REVOLTING, (Toronto Film Festival 2014, Berlinale 2015), which was theatrically released and broadcast in the US and in multiple international territories. Her film THE LIGHT IN HER EYES premiered at IDFA; was broadcast on the PBS series POV, and toured the world as part of Sundance's Film Forward program. Other feature directing credits include the comedic melodrama THE POLITICS OF FUR, which played in over 70 festivals internationally and won multiple awards including the Grand Jury Prize at Outfest; and WHETHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT, about the phenomenon of HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH. Her films have been favorably reviewed in publications such as the New York Times, Variety, Indiewire and Time Out London. Nix has broadcast her work through various outlets including New York Times Op-Docs, and on television via Al Jazeera Arabic, PBS, HBO, Arte, ZDF, VPRO, CBC, NHK, Canal+, and IFC. Her work has received support from the Bertha Foundation, BritDoc, Cal Humanities, COBO Fund, the Danish Film Institute, the Redford Center, and the Sundance Documentary Fund. She has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Film Independent and the Independent Feature Project, and is currently is a film expert for the U.S. State Department’s American Film Showcase. Based in Los Angeles, she is the owner of Felt Films, a production company that produces non-fiction shorts and features.
SUNDANCE 2018〡CPH:DOX 2018〡FULL FRAME 2018〡SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2018〡HOT DOCS 2018〡THESSALONIKI 2018〡NEW ZEALAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2018〡SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2018 - GRAND JURY AWARD〡AFI DOCS 2018
"Inspirational and invigorating, and the young scientists they follow have a passion and enthusiasm that's a tonic to the soul."
- Los Angeles Times
"An empowering celebration of an oft-mocked high school subspecies, the science nerd...the optimism of INVENTING TOMORROW is quite uplifting"
- The Hollywood Reporter
"Watching Inventing Tomorrow, we are reminded of just how vast and layered our current environmental crisis is, and how many different ways our diligence will be needed in the years ahead. But we are also reminded that crisis is a wonderful motivator, and when combined with youthful energy, maybe we can have permission to believe in tomorrow once again."
"It’s commendable that someone has tried to make a film about hope, and not pie-in-the-sky hope, either. 'Inventing Tomorrow' takes a personal look at some scientists — not of the accredited adult variety but teenagers, international students working on projects to make things better. They are 'the people who can fix it, and who are going to fix it.'"
- New York Times