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Inventing Tomorrow

Saturday, June 30, 2018 at 7pm at the Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center–555 Middlefield Road, Atherton, CA.

Screening followed by a Q&A conversation with Laura Nix, Director; and students featured in the film: Sahithi Pingali from India, and Jesús Alfonso Martínez Aranda & Jose Manuel Elizade Esparaza, from Mexico.

Follow seven passionate young scientists and innovators from India, Mexico, Indonesia and Hawaii as they tackle some daunting environmental issues facing humanity today — right in their own backyards. Each student is preparing original scientific research for the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), considered the Olympics of high school science fairs, attracting 1800 finalists from over 75 countries. Meet these teenagers, with their own unique struggles, who are navigating the typical doubts and insecurities that mark adolescence as they prepare to leave home, some for the very first time, to attend this competition. They will win your hearts and give you hope for the future of our planet!

Visit for more information on the film.

Official Selection at the following film festivals

  • 2018 Sundance Film Festival
  • 2018 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
  • 2018 Hot Docs Film Festival
  • 2018 San Francisco Film Festival
  • 2018 Seattle International Film Festival
  • 2018 EarthxFilm Festival
  • 2018 Environmental Youth Forum

Press Coverage for Inventing Tomorrow

The LA Times
Review by Kenneth Turan

“…inspirational and invigorating, and the young scientists they follow have a passion and enthusiasm that’s a tonic to the soul.”


The Nerdist
Reviewed by Scott Beggs

“It felt like this is the cavalry that’s come to save us from ourselves. These extraordinary, driven, eco-compassionate children are canceling the apocolaypse.”

Skid Row Marathon Poster

Skid Row Marathon
Screened on Thursday, June 28, 2018

Visit our Skid Row Marathon film page for information on the nonprofit organizations featured at our lobby reception.

Fanny Pack Film Poster

Fanny Pack
Screened on Friday, June 29, 2018
Part of our Short Films Program

The Driver is Red Poster

The Driver is Red
Screened on Friday, June 29, 2018
Part of our Short Films Program

Refugee Poster

Screened on Friday, June 29, 2018
Part of our Short Films Program

Inventing Tomorrow Poster

Inventing Tomorrow
Screened on Saturday, June 30, 2018

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