The Most Unknown


Mary D. Fisher Theatre Tue, Jun 5, 2018 4:00 PM
Mary D. Fisher Theatre Tue, Jun 5, 2018 7:00 PM
Film Info
Event Type:Documentary Feature
Release Year:2018
Run Time:88 minutes
Production Country:United States
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Ian Cheney


“The Most Unknown” is an innovative film that’s primed to reinvigorate love for scientific inquiry by exploring some of the universe’s toughest questions.

The film is an epic documentary 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 pushes 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 and advised by world-renowned filmmaker Werner Herzog, “The Most Unknown” is an ambitious look at a side of science never before shown on screen.

“The film was something of an experiment; an attempt to break new ground in science storytelling while showcasing the work of remarkable scientists all over the world,” said director Ian Cheney.  “Our hypothesis as filmmakers was that in pairing up scientists from different disciplines, we might reveal the common languages of science, and provide a raw, human glimpse of what propels scientists into the unknown.”

“The process was a profound reminder of the deep human wondering that drives science forward; whether you’re rappelling into caves to seek elusive microbes, probing the center of the galaxy for clues to our planet's origins, or teasing out the nature of consciousness itself, you’re expressing a very human curiosity to know what the heck is out there, and why.”