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Go behind the scenes to learn from Sundance Advisors in our Conversations from the Labs series. This collection of videos will deepen your understanding of all the creative disciplines that are supported through our Labs including Feature Film Directing and Writing, TV Writing, Emerging/Interdisciplinary Media, Documentary, Producing and Film Music.

That the first image of a black hole was achieved through a global network of synchronized radio observatories shows what humans can accomplish when we come together across disciplines. Just like the world of independent film, science and technology are propelled by collaboration, cooperation and the breaking of barriers. In this panel from the 2021 Sundance Film Festival on the intersection of science and media, scientists Dr. Galit Alter, Jenna Levin and Leland Melvin and filmmakers Scott Z. Burns (An Inconvenient Truth, Contagion) and Kath Lingenfelter (The Leftovers, House, M.D.) explore, through the lens of film and television, what that cooperation means for human knowledge and our mutual survival. This panel was originally titled The Big Conversation: Come Together.

Other conversations in this ongoing series include those with editors Michelle Tesoro, Joi McMillon, Teri Shropshire & Dylan Tichenor; cinematographers Stephen Goldblatt, Robert Elswit, Brad Young and Charlotte Bruus Christensen; writer/director Miguel Arteta, writer/director Walter Salles, writer/director Randa Haines and more.

Professor of Medicine at MIT, Harvard, and the Ragon Institute of MGH and co-director of the Harvard University Center for AIDS Research
Dr. Galit Alter is a professor of medicine at MIT, Harvard, and the Ragon Institute of MGH, and is the co-director of the Harvard University Center for AIDS Research. She has developed a unique suite of functional antibody profiling assays, deemed systems serology, that can be used to define humoral immune responses to a number of infectious diseases, including SARS-CoV-2, and to develop therapeutics to cure and control such diseases. more...
Screenwriter/ Director / Producer / Playwright
Scott Z. Burns is a screenwriter, director, producer, and playwright. Burns produced AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH, AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL: TRUTH TO POWER, and SEA OF SHADOWS. His writing credits include THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM, THE INFORMANT!, CONTAGION, SIDE EFFECTS, and THE LAUNDROMAT. more...
Kath Lingenfelter is a screenwriter based in Los Angeles. Her television credits include the critically acclaimed shows WESTWORLD and THE LEFTOVERS as well as HOUSE, M.D., which was the most-watched TV drama in the world during its run. more...
NASA Astronaut
Perseverance and passion led Leland Melvin from the NFL to NASA. Armed with science and engineering degrees, he traveled off-planet twice on Space Shuttle Atlantis to help build the International Space Station. He then led NASA’s education programs and co-chaired the White House's Federal Coordination in STEM Education Task Force. more...

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