The Immortalists

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Rafael 3 Fri, Oct 10, 2014 6:15 PM
Throckmorton Theatre Sat, Oct 11, 2014 4:30 PM
Film Info
Section:Valley of the Docs
The Art of the Sciences
Running Time:80
Director:David Alvarado
Jason Sussberg
Producer:Kate McLean
EP Chuck Braverman
Cinematographer:David Alvarado
Editor:Annu Lilja
Print Source:The Film Collaborative
Note Writer:Sterling Hedgpeth


FOCUS: THE ART OF THE SCIENCES Benjamin Franklin may have written, “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes,” but don’t try to convince American Bill Andrews and Brit Aubrey de Grey of that. These vanguards of the anti-aging movement may have conflicting theories about the mechanics of longevity, but their quests for a medical means to stave off death run along parallel tracks. And amidst the complicated issues of chromosome biology, nanobot technology, and the ethics of overpopulation, one question continually resurfaces: Are their efforts quixotic or prophetic? In Jason Sussberg and David Alvarado’s spellbinding film, we follow them from Oxford to Silicon Valley, to the Himalayas, and witness the rewards and setbacks of their single-minded pursuits. Surrounded by death and disease, financial hardship, and skepticism from their professional peers, Andrews and de Grey maintain an unwavering mantra: “Live forever…or die trying.”

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David Alvarado is a New York based filmmaker interested in science, philosophy and the future of civilization. In 2010 he completed his Masters of Fine Arts from Stanford University in Documentary Film and Video Production.

Jason Sussberg is a documentary filmmaker focused on BIG ideas on human progress and social justice. He is a digital dabbler (with a past life in motion graphics) who trains his lens on social and political topics ranging from jailed journalists, justice system reform to futurism.