Journey of the Universe

Special Pre-Festival Screening and World Premiere

Ask acclaimed author and evolutionary philosopher Brian Thomas Swimme about our role as humans in this awe-inspiring universe, and his insights will light up the night skies.

As our host, co-writer, and fellow traveler, he shares his infectious curiosity about life’s biggest questions in the epic JOURNEY OF THE UNIVERSE.  This documentary film project and companion book is a collaboration of Swimme and historian of religions Mary Evelyn Tucker.  They weave a tapestry that draws together scientific discoveries in astronomy, geology, biology, ecology, and biodiversity with humanistic insights concerning the nature of the universe.   

Using his skills as a masterful storyteller, Swimme connects such big picture issues as the birth of the cosmos 14 billion years ago – to the invisible frontiers of the human genome – as well as to our current impact on Earth’s evolutionary dynamics. Through his engaging and thoughtful observations audiences everywhere will discover the profound role we play in this intricate web of life. From the Big Bang–to the epic impact humans have on the planet today–this film is designed to inspire a new and closer relationship with Earth in a period of growing environmental and social crisis.

Beautifully filmed in high-definition, our grand tour begins on the historically rich Greek island of Samos, birthplace of mathematician and philosopher Pythagoras. Disembarking on the island at dawn, Swimme expertly guides us on an exhilarating trek through time and space, sharing a wondrous view of cosmic evolution as a process based on immense creativity, connection, and interdependence.  After the toll of midnight, he sets sail into the star-lit waters of the North Aegean Sea, leaving audiences with a sense of wonder at the mystery, complexity and connectivity that permeates the Earth and universe from the very beginning.

Big science, big history, big story, this one-of-a-kind JOURNEY OF THE UNIVERSE film project has been created by an acclaimed team of internationally-recognized scientists, scholars, and award-winning filmmakers.


Friday, March 25, 2011 at 7pm, followed by a panel discussion
Burke Auditorium, Kroon Hall, 195 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT

Friday, March 25, 2011 at 7pm
Bowers Auditorium, Sage Hall, 195 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT

Saturday, March 26, 2011 at 1pm
Peabody Museum, 170 Whitney Avenue, New Haven, CT

Saturday, March 26, 2011 at 5:30pm
Burke Auditorium, Kroon Hall, 195 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT

About the Filmmakers

Mary Evelyn Tucker is a Senior Lecturer and Senior Scholar at Yale University where she has appointments in the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies as well as the Divinity School, the Department of Religious Studies, and the Center for Bioethics. She is a co-founder and co-director with John Grim of the Forum on Religion and Ecology.

Brian Thomas Swimme is a professor at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Mathematics at the University of Oregon in 1978 for work in gravitational dynamics. He brings the context of story to our understanding of the 13.7 billion year trajectory of cosmogenesis. Such a story, he feels, will assist in the emergence of a flourishing Earth community.

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Fri. March 25th, 7:00pm / Sat. March 26th, 1:00pm & 5:30pm
Friday: Burke Auditorium, Kroon Hall, 195 Prospect St. / Saturday: 1:00pm, Peabody Museum. / Saturday: 5:30pm, Burke Auditorium, Kroon Hall, 195 Prospect St.

Genre: Documentary
Year: 2011
Running Time: 60 Minutes


Director: David Kennard
Producer: Patsy Northcutt
Co-Producer: Catherine Lynn Butler
Editor: Patsy Northcutt
Director of Photography: Ian Salvage
Executive Producer: Mary Evelyn Tucker

2011 Films & Events

· African Cats
· Bag It
· Connected
· EFFY After Dark 2011
· Filmmaking Workshop with Ian Cheney
· If A Tree Falls
· Journey of the Universe
· Queen of the Sun
· Short Films
· The City Dark
· Waste Land
· YERT: Your Environmental Road Trip