Festival Year: 2024

Alex Rivest

Roles: Director

Alex Rivest is a Massachusetts Institute of Technology-trained PhD Neuroscientist. His research has been published in two of the most highly renowned scientific journals, Science and Nature Neuroscience. Alex grew up in an environment where curiosity and question-asking were highly valued, and he has dedicated his life to helping teach others about the wonders of the world.

As an educator, he received the Angus MacDonald Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching at MIT, and founded the non-profit Blue Kitabu, which built a sustainable primary school in central Ghana. As a filmmaker, Alex’s videos have accumulated over 70 million views online and have been featured everywhere, from billboards in Times Square to installations in science museums and even in an opera production of “Das Rheingold.”

Alex produced and co-directed CANARY, the documentary film about Lonnie Thompson that recently premiered on over 160 screens across the USA, was featured in the NYTimes “What to Watch” section, and was screened at NYC Climate Week and COP28.


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Festival Year: 2024