I Origins

I Origins

Sloan Foundation Film

Release Date



  • Mike Cahill


  • Michael Pitt
  • Steven Yeun
  • Astrid Bergès-Frisbey


  • Sundance Film Festival, 2014

A molecular biologist and his laboratory partner uncover evidence that may fundamentally change society as we know it.

Ian Gray (Michael Pitt), a PhD student studying molecular biology with a specialty in eye evolution, leaves his lab to go to a party and has an intense, but fleeting, encounter with a mysterious, masked model (Astrid Bergès-Frisbey) who escapes into the night. With only a picture of her stunning and iconic eyes, he tracks her down, and they fall in love. Their fundamentally different beliefs about life only serve to intensify their connection, and they vow to spend forever together. Years later, Ian and his lab partner, Karen (Brit Marling), make a stunning discovery with profound existential implications. He must risk his life's work and his family to travel across the world to find the truth behind what he has found and what it may mean.

Possible Topics

  • How important are eyes when studying evolution?
  • Sight across various species

Past Programs


The Science of Sight

The Little Theatre, Rochester, NY