Overview Ideas Roadshow Documentary Films

Over 100 filmed Ideas Roadshow conversations have convinced us that top-level international scholars are, on the whole, a drastically underused resource, as most are very willing to share their expertise and insights on a wide number of issues so long as they are convinced that the knowledge they provide will not be distorted to support some agenda. This experience, combined with a detailed appreciation of the impact of rapid advances in camera and editing technology, leads to unprecedented opportunities for the creation of a wide range of uniquely engaging, professional-quality, ideas-driven films.

While we are keen to make many documentary films across a wide range of different topics, the common denominator linking all Ideas Roadshow film projects is a determination to consistently use the power of film to objectively investigate intriguing ideas from a number of different perspectives in order to build a uniquely comprehensive and compelling picture of the key issues involved.

All Ideas Roadshow films will be available through the new Ideas Roadshow app (Apple and Android) and several distributors (visit the Libraries page for details about our distributors or use the contact form for further information).

Recently Released Documentary Film

Now available: Pandemic Perspectives offers a critical examination of several key societal issues illuminated by the COVID-19 pandemic through the prism of a wide array of international experts. Visit the related Film page for more details.

We’ve published a complementary series of essays by Howard Burton, Pandemic Perspectives: A filmmaker’s journey in 10 essays, providing a personal, behind-the-scenes glimpse of the issues involved, together with an extensive series of detailed Pandemic Perspectives Podcasts on the Ideas Roadshow Podcast channel featuring many of the film’s participants.

Documentary Films Now In Production

An Exploration of Chess: A wide-ranging examination of the past, present and future of chess, touching on cultural history, the nature of competitiveness, artificial intelligence, chess variants and much more in an attempt to comprehensively address the question of what makes the game so unique. Visit the related film page for more details.

Upcoming Documentary Films

The Incompleteness Theorems: An Exploration There is no doubt that Kurt Gödel’s groundbreaking incompleteness theorems have revolutionized our understanding of the foundations of mathematics, but what, exactly, do they mean? What implications do they have, if any, for mathematics, physics, philosophy or any other discipline? This film aims to shed some valuable light on those very questions.

Dark Matter: An Exploration Together with dark energy, understanding the precise nature of dark matter is widely viewed as one of the major challenges of contemporary cosmology.  This film will explore why most physicists are convinced that dark matter must exist, our current attempts to detect it and the range of expert speculations on what we will eventually discover.

Dark Energy: An Exploration Our second cinematic foray into cosmology tackles the parallel mystery of dark energy, investigating what we mean by “dark energy” and why so many scientists are troubled by it, contemporary experiments to probe our understanding of it and different expert perspectives on what it all means. 

Early 2023 we’ll start the production of an extensive series of documentary films on The Renaissance.

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