Motherboard, Vice Media’s science and technology channel, has partnered with Netflix and documentary distributor Abramorama on the multimodel release strategy for its first feature-length documentary.
Directed by Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Ian Cheney, The Most Unknown follows nine scientists to extraordinary parts of the world to uncover unexpected answers to some of humanity’s biggest questions, including how life began and what consciousness and time are.
Werner Herzog served as an adviser to the 88-minute film, which was created in partnership with Science Sandbox, an initiative of the Simons Foundation.
The Most Unknown held its world premiere at the 15th edition of CPH:DOX in Copenhagen, Denmark earlier this year.
New York-based Abramorama will release The Most Unknown theatrically beginning on May 18th at the Quad Cinema in New York City, with an additional 19 cities to follow this summer.
Netflix will then stream the film globally across its digital platform over a 24-month exclusive window in 25 languages this August.
Two weeks following the film’s debut across Netflix, nine stand-alone episodes running 10 to 15 minutes in length will be pushed across Vice’s proprietary player, YouTube and linear platforms. These will be complemented by original reporting from the science space, podcasts and an array of social series across Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram.
In addition, Vice is also planning on screening the project across the festival circuit this summer, alongside special screenings in high schools and colleges across America this fall.
“The Most Unknown was something of an experiment; an attempt to break new ground in science storytelling while showcasing the work of remarkable scientists all over the world,” said Cheney in a statement. “Our hypothesis as filmmakers was that in pairing up scientists from different disciplines, we might reveal the common languages of science, and provide a raw, human glimpse of what propels scientists into the unknown.”