In March 2022, VitaDAO uploaded the funding proposal VDP-39, Longevity Hackers Film Participation, initiating a discussion and vote on VitaDAO’s potential contribution to the project. On March 24th, this vote was passed, and the film’s team received $100,000 in donations from the DAO. With filming due to wrap up this quarter, and a release expected next year, could the film Longevity Hackers bring increased awareness to the longevity cause?
What’s the concept behind the Longevity Hackers film?
Longevity Hackers is a documentary that asks if humans could humans live to 130 or even stop aging. The team draws upon the idea that in as few as 23 years, longevity research could show significant breakthroughs.
Longevity Hackers follows filmmaker Michal Siewierski as he interviews numerous industry experts, from H+ DAO’s Natasha Vita-More to Allison Deuttmann of the Foresight Institute, among many others, to delve into the current state of longevity industry and where it’s heading in the not-so-distant future.
Although the final version of the film is yet to be released, materials on the film’s site indicate that potential topics could include rapamycin/mTOR, the causes of aging, the view of aging as a disease to be cured, autophagy enhancement, drug interventions, AI and longevity, and new approaches to longevity.
The production company, New Roots Films, is based in the US and was founded in 2011 by chief filmmaker Michal Siewierski. New Roots Films has a focus on change-oriented feature-length documentaries, with Longevity Hackers marking the latest feature alongside other documentaries, such as Protein 2.0, Overcoming Anxiety, and Bitcoin Millionaires.
Some of the film’s contributors
The film includes interviews with many industry experts about the future of longevity, including:
- Sergey Young of the Longevity Vision Fund: Sergey is an investor with a focus on longevity projects and has served as an Innovation Board Member at the XPRIZE Foundation and the American Federation of Aging Research (AFAR), among others.
- Allison Deuttmann of the Foresight Institute: as the CEO of Foresight, Allison is dedicated to technology solutions that extend the human lifespan, including nanotech and molecular machines.
- Nils Regge of Apollo Health Ventures: Nils is the Managing Director and Co-Founder of Apollo Health Ventures, a venture capitalist fund that invests in solutions to aging.
- Natasha Vita-More of the University of Arizona: Natasha is an Executive Director at Humanity+ and the founder of H+ DAO, a decentralized organization focusing on transhumanism.
- Tony Horton of P90X: Tony is a personal trainer and author well-known for his home exercise routines.
- Matt Kaeberlein of the University of Washington and Optispan Ventures: Dr. Kaeberlein’s research includes biological mechanisms of aging and their role in human longevity.
These are but a few of the 27 recorded interviews, 9 confirmed interviews, and 12 potential interviews conducted by Siewierski and his team.
How is Longevity Hackers funded?
Undoubtedly, media, particularly documentary films, have an influential impact over public sentiment and awareness. For example, documentaries on the popular media platform Netflix have been noted to hold substantial influence over its viewers, with its documentaries proving highly popular: 73% of Netflix viewers watch them, according to the company’s statistics.
New Roots Films works at a smaller scale than the media giant; however, the power of moving pictures to convey a message remains powerful. With the film, the team aims to raise awareness of longevity issues and human healthy life extension, educate viewers about the field, highlight new potential therapeutic approaches, and utilize the exposure to help longevity science as a whole. To realize its goals, the movie was partly funded by the Longevity Tech Fund (LTF) and Apollo Health Ventures, among other investments and donations, including the $100K donated by VitaDAO. The team is also exploring the potential of IP-NFT ownership with a view of funding future longevity-related films.
Longevity Hackers is due to be released on a TBC date in 2023. The latest updates can be viewed on the film’s official site. This feature-length documentary will explore the topic of longevity science from a new angle, bringing it into the public sphere of awareness and helping to take longevity science from a science fiction myth into a reality.