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The Most Unknown (2018)

The Most Unknown is an epic documentary film that sends nine scientists to extraordinary parts of the world to uncover unexpected answers to some of humanity's biggest questions. How did ... See full summary »


Ian Cheney




Cast overview, first billed only:
Jennifer L. Macalady ... Self - Microbiologist, Penn State University (as Jennifer Macalady)
Davide D'Angelo ... Self - Physicist, Università degli Studi di Milano
Axel Cleeremans ... Self - Cognitive Psychologist, Université libre de Bruxelles
Luke McKay ... Self - Astrobiologist, Montana State University
Rachel L. Smith ... Self - Astrophysicist, North California Museum of Natural Sciences
Erik Cordes ... Self - Ecologist & Chief Expedition Scientist, Temple University
Victoria Orphan ... Self - Geobiologist, California Institute of Technology
Jun Ye ... Self - Physicist, University of Colorado-Boulder & National Institute of Standards and Technology
Anil Seth ... Self - Neuroscientist, University of Sussex
Laurie Santos ... Self - Cognitive Psychologist, Yale University (as Laurie R. Santos)
Emilie Caspar ... Self - Cognitive Neuroscientist, Université libre de Bruxelles
Dalila Achoui ... Self
Brian Hedlund ... Self - Microbial Ecologist, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Michael Tucker ... Self
Joseph Gargiulo ... Self - Telescope Support Supervisor, W.M. Keck Observatory


The Most Unknown is an epic documentary film that sends nine scientists to extraordinary parts of the world to uncover unexpected answers to some of humanity's biggest questions. How did life begin? What is time? What is consciousness? How much do we really know? By introducing researchers from diverse backgrounds for the first time, then dropping them into new, immersive field work they previously hadn't tackled, the film reveals the true potential of interdisciplinary collaboration, pushing the boundaries of how science storytelling is approached. What emerges is a deeply human trip to the foundations of discovery and a powerful reminder that the unanswered questions are the most crucial ones to pose. Directed by Emmy-nominated and Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Ian Cheney (The Search for General Tso, The City Dark) and advised by world-renowned filmmaker Werner Herzog (Fitzcarraldo, Aguirre, The Wrath of God, Grizzly Man), The Most Unknown is an ambitious look at a side of science...

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Herself - Astrophysicist, North California Museum of Natural Sciences: A microscope is a telescope... for the tiny things.
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"The filmmakers would like to thank: all the scientists, sailors, covers, divers, pilots, lab technicians, strontium atoms, monkeys, microbes, robotic hands, hot springs, volcanoes, yeti crabs, protostellar clouds of dust & gas, neurons & dark matter particles who made this film possible." See more »

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Praise for a New Approach
12 August 2018 | by jbjourneyerSee all my reviews

I applaud the filmmakers for producing this film in a unique and original manner. By bringing these scientists from vastly different disciplines together and allowing the audience to see the same wonder and discovery at the same time, we are given insight not only into the theories they are studying but also into the scientific process.

I like the brave choices in photography and editing which, unlike so many 'documentaries' made today, speaks to the intelligence and imagination of the audience.

No, the film does not work perfectly on every level. But what film every does?

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9 August 2018 (UK) See more »

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Black Rock Desert, Nevada, USA See more »


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$2,905, 20 May 2018

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