Bill Nye: Science Guy

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Bill Nye: Science Guy is a 2017 biographical documentary film, and NYT Critic's Pick,[1] produced and directed by David Alvarado and Jason Sussberg[1][2] of Structure Films (The Immortalists, 2014), and produced by Seth Gordon, Kate McLean and Nick Pampenella.[2][3] The documentary concept was pitched to the film's subject, Bill Nye, by Alvarado, Sussberg, and Gordon at a hotel bar in San Francisco in October 2014.[4]


The film documents the personal life and career comeback of Bill Nye, the star of PBS children's show Bill Nye the Science Guy. The documentary, which filmed from November 2014 through September 2016, follows Nye as he retires his kid show act in a bid to become more like his late professor, astronomer Carl Sagan. In his role as the CEO of The Planetary Society, an organization founded by Sagan in 1980,[5] Nye sets out to accomplish Sagan's dream of putting a solar sail into space.[6] In his more mature persona, Nye reaches out to a wider audience using his trademark enthusiasm for science advocacy and education, but he is pulled away when he is challenged by evolution and climate change contrarians to defend the scientific consensus.[7][8]



Bill Nye: Science Guy premiered on March 12, 2017 at the South by Southwest Film Festival[10] in Austin, Texas. In April 2017, the film made its West Coast premiere at the San Francisco International Film Festival,[11] followed by an international screening at Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Film Festival[12] in May 2017, and another May screening at the Montclair Film Festival[13] in New Jersey. On October 26, 2017, the film was reported to be a NYT Critic's Pick.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Webster, Andy (October 26, 2017). "Review: 'Bill Nye: Science Guy,' a Portrait of a Fighter for Facts". The New York Times. Retrieved October 30, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "Bill Nye: Science Guy". IMDB. 
  3. ^ Leydon, Joe (2017-03-22). "SXSW Film Review: 'Bill Nye: Science Guy'". Variety. Retrieved 2017-05-29. 
  4. ^ "SFFILM". Retrieved 2017-05-29. 
  5. ^ "How Carl Sagan's Legacy and Romance With Space Lives on". Observer. 2016-10-11. Retrieved 2017-05-29. 
  6. ^ "We Talked to Bill Nye About the Solar Sail He's Sending to Space". Motherboard. Retrieved 2017-05-29. 
  7. ^ "What You Missed While Not Watching the Bill Nye and Ken Ham Creation Debate". Time. Retrieved 2017-05-29. 
  8. ^ "Bill Nye vs. Tucker Carlson on Climate Change: Guess Who Wins?". Esquire. 2017-02-28. Retrieved 2017-05-29. 
  9. ^ "Bill Nye". Retrieved 2017-05-25. 
  10. ^ "Bill Nye: Science Guy | SXSW 2017 Schedule". Retrieved 2017-05-25. 
  11. ^ "Bill Nye: Science Guy". San Francisco Film Society. Retrieved 2017-05-25. 
  12. ^ "Bill Nye: Science Guy". Festival. Retrieved 2017-05-25. 
  13. ^ "Bill Nye:Science Guy | Montclair Film". Retrieved 2017-05-25. 

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