Alexis Gambis

biologist & filmmaker

Brooklyn, US

About

Alexis Gambis is a French-Venezuelan filmmaker and biologist. His films combine documentary and fiction, often embracing animal perspectives and experimenting with new forms of scientific storytelling.

During his PhD years at The Rockefeller University, he created the Imagine Science Film Festival that recently celebrated its 15th year of showcasing the latest science filmmaking from in New York and beyond. Five years ago, he launched the sister platform Labocine, an ecosystem proposing monthly curated programs, sparking interdisciplinary collaborations and proposing new ways to watch films through interconnected scientific ideas.

In his 2019 TED Talk, Alexis introduced the Science New Wave, which proposes that science cinema is an embodied, evolving organism that is built on the fundamental traits of diversity, hybridity and experimentation.

Alexis' latest fiction feature Son of Monarchs delves into issues of identity, (im)migration and evolution. Now streaming on HBO Max, the Mexican-American narrative premiered at Sundance in 2021 and was awarded the Sloan Feature Film Prize. The New York Times praised the allegorical drama for its "rich imagery [that] will be imprinted in your memory, returning to you in dreams” and selected it as a Critics Pick.

Alexis is currently in development on three film projects. The Next Jaguar is an Ecuadorian-American feature-length tale fusing pressing issues about animal endangerment, climate change and indigenous rights. The Kiss is an episodic docu-fiction series that is based on the life and science fiction writings of the father of modern neuroscience, Santiago Ramón y Cajal. Expanding on the short Déjà vu, the French-American Mousetrap merges facts and fictions of Alexis' childhood. Drawing from family archives and neuroscience research, this personal essay film brings together memory, mice and magical realism in a haunting story about a young neuroscientist obsessed with his childhood home.

Films

Son of Monarchs (Hijo de Monarcas)

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Murine Montage

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Los Mimos Monarcas (The Monarch Mimes)

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Insan

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Mosaic

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The Fly Room

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Anthropology of the Future

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El jardín del futuro (The Garden of the Future)

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Field Work: Header

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Daughter of Genetics

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Yo Quisiera Ser Animal

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El Gran Zoo

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My Mind's Eye - Controlling Our Fears: An Interview with Elizabeth Phelps

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Déjà vu

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My Mind's Eye - Roots: An Interview with Cori Bargmann

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Mousetrap

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Mi Hermano

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Through the Glass Lightly

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Spleen

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Field Work - World Cup: Gene

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Campo Experimental

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My Mind's Eye - Mapping the Mind: An Interview with Eric Kandel

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Return to the Sea

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Field Work Brazil: Amor

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A Fruitfly in New York

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Mind Over Matter

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My Mind's Eye : How Free Is Your Will? An interview with Michael Gazzaniga

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I am a Mobile Element: A Conversation with Emmanuelle Charpentier

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Monarch Scales

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El Beso

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La Que Sueña (She Who Dreams)

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When Butterflies Speak - Episode 2: Butterfly Activism with Cesar Maxit

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We Just Don't Know

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Dr. Funque and His Petri Dish

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Field Work - World Cup: Kinetic

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Disposable

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My Mind's Eye - Hippocampus Rhythms: An Interview with György Buzsáki

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Field Work: Temple

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Guardian of the Mangroves

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The Unbearable Lightness of a Tadpole

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Courtship

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Scenes

The Arrival of Monarch Butterflies in Sierra Chincua Butterfly Reserve

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Playlists

Micro/Macro

8 films

My Mind's Eye

6 films