Scripting Better Futures through Impact Filmmaking (and what’s Hollywood’s role?)

MARCH 12, 2024, 2:10 PM Pacific Time (Online Live Broadcast)

Join Emmy-winning writer, producer, actress and broadcast host Tamara Krinsky and writer and director Taryn O’Neill, and Future of Being Human initiative Andrew Maynard, as they explore the power of story telling, filmmaking, and Hollywood in building better futures. Live online broadcast, March 12 – register for the link.


Online broadcast: Tuesday March 12, 2024, 2:10 PM – 3:00 PM Pacific Time


Tamara Krinsky

Tamara is an Emmy-winning writer, producer, actress and broadcast host, with a focus on science/technology and geeky pop culture. She is the lead host for Marvel LIVE!, anchoring their Red Carpet Premiere broadcasts, and is a co-host of Discovery/Science Channel’s Emmy-nominated sci-tech series TOMORROW’S WORLD TODAY. Favorite acting adventures include STAR TREK: FIRST CONTACT, Disney Jr’s SOFIA THE FIRST, and theater projects with LA’s Antaeus Theater Company. Her voice can be heard playing multiple characters on the hit futurism podcast FLASH FORWARD and hosting Marvel’s BEYOND THE SCENES podcast. She has scripted hundreds of live events, including BILLBOARD WOMEN IN MUSIC, GLSEN Respect, and the Einstein Gala for the Institute for Advanced Study.

Tamara is the co-founder of Scirens, “Screen Sirens for Science”, a creative team dedicated to work at the intersection of science and entertainment. She won a Primetime Emmy Award for writing & interactive strategy on EMMA APPROVED, a multi-platform adaptation of Jane Austen’s EMMA.

Taryn O’Neill

Taryn is a writer, director, futurist, and climate storytelling activist. She has two-decades of experience in Hollywood both in front of and behind the camera. Her directorial credits include the Passionflix fantasy action feature films WICKED and TORN, based on the NY Times best-selling book series by Jennifer L. Armentrout. Her award winning sci-fi short LIVE was optioned by Gunpowder & Sky and garnered over 550K views. Her scripts have been finalists for the Sloan Sundance Fellowship and the New York Television Festival, and she has written for Stan Lee’s POW Entertainment, BlackBox TV, Golden Bullet Entertainment and most recently the Near Future Laboratory and ASU’s Center for Science and the Imagination, co-writing and directing “The Assignment” short film. She was also a pioneer in the new media space, receiving multiple Streamy Award nominations for her work in webseries, both as a producer and an actress.

A passionate advocate for science-driven stories and climate narratives, Taryn co-founded Scirens, which champions STEM and climate storylines in media to inspire better futures. A native of Vancouver, Canada, a former competitive figure skater and graduate of Duke University, she now lives in Venice, California.

Andrew Maynard (Host)

Andrew is a scientist, author, Professor of Advanced Technology Transitions, and founder of Arizona State University’s Future of Being Human community. He studies the future and how our actions influence it.


About Scirens

Scirens is a pioneering creative team at the intersection of science and storytelling, crafting entertainment that not only encourages curiosity and imaginative thinking but also endeavors to shape a new vision for our rapidly evolving world. Founded by a cohort of actresses with a shared zeal for science literacy and a stronger representation of women in STEM on TV and film, Scirens has focused towards narratives that inspire positive and aspirational views of the future, particularly emphasizing the importance of global climate action.

At the heart of Scirens’ ethos is the idea that stories can serve as a bridge to an interest in STEM, transforming complex subjects into engaging narratives. Through projects like “The Assignment,” the unique short film book trailer for ASU’s new Climate Action Almanac, Scirens explores the critical need for imagining hopeful futures and the role of diverse, global thinkers in forging a sustainable and just world.

Scirens has proudly collaborated with organizations like the X-Prize, the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media and L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science, and their outreach has extended to appearances on TV shows hosted by Bill Nye and Neil deGrasse Tyson, podcasts such as Women of Marvel and Talk Nerdy, and participation as panelists at San Diego and Long Beach Comic-Con. Co-founders Tamara Krinsky and Taryn O’Neill, equipped with an expansive array of production, writing, and filmmaking expertise, continue to lead Scirens towards becoming a transformative force in entertainment, bridging the gap between science and the general public through the power of story.

About The Future of Being Human … Unplugged

The Future of Being Human … Unplugged is a series of live streamed conversations that bring together experts and thinkers from very different backgrounds as they explore some of the more intriguing, complex, and profound implications of rapidly developing technological capabilities.

Unscripted, unpredictable, and threaded through with mischievously curiosity, Unplugged aims to push the bounds of how we think about the intersection between advanced technologies, cutting edge science, and the very essence of what it might mean to be human in the future.

And the “Unplugged” bit? We’re unplugging from the usual norms and expectations that so often make online discussions deadly tedious, so no interminable PowerPoint presentations, no long winded opening statements, and no impenetrable monologues – just compelling conversation that’ll make you think.

We’re also unplugging from conventional ideas and often-stifling disciplinary constraints as we explore futures that are anything but conventional.

In other words, expect conversations that engage, entertain, and shake up your world as we explore what it might mean to be human in a technologically complex future!