Picture A Scientist

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Picture A Scientist is a feature-length documentary film chronicling the groundswell of researchers who are writing a new chapter for women scientists. A biologist, a chemist, and a geologist lead viewers on a journey deep into their own experiences in the sciences, overcoming brutal harassment, institutional discrimination, and years of subtle slights to revolutionize the culture of science. From cramped laboratories to spectacular field stations, we also encounter scientific luminaries who provide new perspectives on how to make science itself more diverse, equitable, and open to all.

Picture A Scientist is a participant of Project: Hatched 2020.


Black and white headshot of Sharon Shattuck from the shoulders up wearing a beaded necklace and white grid-striped tankSharon Shattuck is an Emmy-nominated documentary filmmaker and podcast host. From This Day Forward (2015), broadcast on POV (PBS) and was a Critics’ Pick at The New York Times. She is the co-host of the podcast Conviction: American Panic from Gimlet/Spotify and the co-creator of The New York Times Op-Docs science series Animated Life. Her work has appeared on PBS, Netflix, National Geographic Channel, The New York Times, Vox, and Radiolab, among other outlets. She has degrees in forest ecology and journalism.


Black and white headshot of Ian Cheney from the shoulders up wearing a headlight and button down collared shirt

Ian Cheney is an Emmy-nominated and Peabody Award-winning documentary filmmaker. He has completed nine feature documentaries, including King Corn (2007), The Greening of Southie (2008), The City Dark (2011), The Search for General Tso (2014), Bluespace (2015), The Most Unknown (2018), Picture Character (2019), and Thirteen Ways (2019). His films have been released on Netflix, PBS, The Sundance Channel, VICE Media, and other networks. A former MacDowell Colony fellow and  Knight Science Journalism fellow at MIT, he lives in Maine.