L to R: “Particle Fever” director Mark Levinson with David, Kate, and Jason at the Tribeca Film Festival
Structure Films is the collaborative documentary filmmaking duo of David Alvarado and Jason Sussberg, who met in Stanford’s Documentary Film and Video Production MFA program. From their bio:
“Structure Films makes films about people doing cool S.H.I.T– science, health, information and technology. We strongly believe that cinematic storytelling can revolutionize science communication and engage the public with the awesome responsibility that comes with the scientific enterprise.
Our films have screened in major international festivals including South by Southwest, Hot Docs International, and London International Film Festival; broadcast on the BBC, TIME, and Outside Magazine; and supported by the Sundance Institute, Tribeca Film Institute, ITVS and the MacArthur Foundation.
David Alvarado is a documentary director/producer/cinematographer in New York City. He specializes in science, philosophy, human sexuality, and the historical development of religion. David is a friendly atheist and the proud son of a Mexican immigrant.
Jason Sussberg is a documentary filmmaker focusing on the art and humanity in STEM. Past life: motion graphic designer, sports TV producer, and academic. Present life: digital dilettante.”
Kate McLean is a writer, producer and filmmaker living in San Francisco. She is currently producing Jamie Meltzer's forthcoming PBS documentary True Conviction, about a group of exonerated men who form their own detective agency, as well as Immigrant Nation, a film and interactive project (with Theo Rigby) supported by the Tribeca Film Institute and The MacArthur Foundation. A regular collaborator with Jason Sussberg and David Alvarado, Kate produced their first feature doc, The Immortalists (2014), which screened in competition at SXSW, BFI, and CPH: DOX. She is also working with them on their forthcoming documentary about Bill Nye.
Kate co-directed the short documentaries The Caretaker and Marathon, which were featured in the New York Times’ OpDocs series and broadcast on the PBS series POV. She also co-directed the short documentary Pot Country (with Mario Furloni), which won Best Documentary at the USA Short Film Festival (2012), was an official selection at Hot Docs (2012) and at Big Sky (2011) and a national finalist for the 2012 Student Academy Awards. She is a Sundance Creative Producing Summit Fellow and a San Francisco Film Society FilmHouse Resident. She has a master’s degree from the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.
Notable projects include:
- The Immortalists, “Two eccentric scientists struggle to create eternal youth in a world they call “blind to the tragedy of old age.”
- De-extinction, a short that probes the use of biotechnology to bring back extinct species. With Stewart Brand, Ben Novak, the Passenger pigeon, the Tasmanian tiger, and the Pyrenean ibex.
- The Untitled Bill Nye Documentary, in production. At the time of its launch, the project beat out Spock and broke the record for the most funded documentary on Kickstarter.