Bill Nye documentary takes on deniers, looks to inspire


A documentary about beloved science show host Bill Nye, The Science Guy, is in the crowdfunding stages and needs help to secure production. The project was started by New York documentary filmmakers David Alvarado and Jason Sussberg, who grew up watching The Science Guy show in middle school. Inspired by Bill Nye’s enthusiasm, the duo has teamed up with Academy Award-winning producer Seth Gordon to document Nye’s upcoming tour around the world. Alvarado and Sussberg assert that this is a film by the fans for the fans, but they need this one last monetary boost to begin production.

Billy Nye’s documentary needs your help

Bill Nye at The Times Center on April 20, 2015 in New York City.

Bill Nye is currently the CEO of the Planetary Society, where he’s leading a mission to launch a solar-powered satellite into the cosmos and advocating for the importance of science, technology, discovery, and climate change awareness.

Like most modern crowdfunding efforts, the project has a Kickstarter page complete with a list of exciting rewards depending on the amount donated. Perks for backing the project range from signed VHS tapes of The Science Guy show, to access to early streams of the film before it’s available to the public. Schools are also encouraged to get involved, with one of the perks being that Bill Nye will come to the backing school and teach a whole class to their students.

Below is a Kickstarter exclusive scene from the soon-to-be-film about the launching of LightSail-A, a solar sailing spacecraft. Although they filmed the test mission, the actual mission is happening next year. If the project is funded they will film Bill Nye as he launches LightSail-B, which will send a low cost solar sail into the cosmos.

The campaign has currently raised over $40,000 and has pledged to raise $650,000 by it’s August 13th deadline. For any of you Bill Nye fans out there, now is the time to pledge!

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Ethan Levinskas is a writer living in North Hollywood where he enjoys a consistent diet of oven baked pizzas and blessing each slice with his shameless tears. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Cinema Art + Science (yes, that is the degree name) at Columbia College Chicago with a focus in screenwriting. He enjoys keeping up to date with the evolving technology behind the gaming, film, and music industries. His goal is to one day have people enjoy his stories from a reclined leather seat with a bag of overpriced popcorn in their hands.

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