“Imagine It!” is designed to provide a forum for discussion around the power of big ideas in action and to inspire people to imagine a better world by connecting imagination and creativity with science and engineering in education.
“Imagine It!” is an imaginative film about imagination — Imagine that! Featuring host Iliza Shlesinger, winner of NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” contest, the documentary focuses on teachers, engineers, teens, and a variety of people with diverse backgrounds as they look at the importance of using one’s imagination to change the future of the world. The film incorporates archive footage, graphics, and insights from experts and is a well-balanced attempt to encourage the use of imagination in the thinking process.
Teenager Zachary, age 13, is asked if he thinks the future will be what he believes it will be, and he answers, “Of course!” with the contagious enthusiasm of youth. Dean Kamen, founder of DEKA Research and Development Corp., speaks about technology and competence. The film examines a host of vital industries and technologies, such as robotics, genetics, computers, music, and other creative endeavors. Ed Catmull, President of Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios, speaks of change: “You can’t stop the changes — it’s going to happen and always will.” Commenting on brainpower, host Shlesinger says, “The best way to predict the future is to invent it.”
Archive footage includes President Kennedy’s speech from 1962, in which he spoke of choosing to go to the moon and accomplishing other difficult feats. As the film points out, the future of the planet’s advancements is in the hands of high school and college students. Randy Komisar, a partner at Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield and Byers, speaks of the importance of a positive attitude, even for church goals, politics, art or accounting.
“Imagine it” is, in itself, creative in its approach to encouraging imagination and creative processes. One teen girl named Rebecca says we must maintain “integrity” in what we do. The film encourages the viewer that the future is in some pretty good hands. This film has earned five Doves, our best rating.