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US documentary about human evolution set to be released in China in 2017

Rob Miller, producer of Neo, is introducing the upcoming documentary Neo to the audience at the 2016 Global Innovators Conference (GIC) in Beijing on November 4. File photo

A documentary about human evolution by US filmmakers is expected to be released by the end of 2017 in several countries around the world.

The upcoming documentary called Neo is meant to show the potential of human beings and where we are now in a world with huge advancements in realms of science, medicine and technologies of self-driven evolution, said Rob Miller, producer of the film, and his director Douglisio DiMuccio at the 2016 Global Innovators Conference (GIC) in Beijing last Friday.

Neo refers to “new evolution.” And it is something meant to showcase what human beings are realistically capable of in self-driven revolution today and what the coming century may look like, Douglisio said.

“Human beings have always been in a state of evolution. We have always been trying to better ourselves, and grasp and adapt to the environment around us. But in the past 20 or 30 years all of a sudden, in the field of genetics, bionics, human longevity, intelligent research, there’s huge upgrade in understanding of ourselves,” he said during a Pitch at the GIC, one of China’s most engaging platforms for global innovators, initiated by Yintelligence Community and co-hosted by the APEC China Business Council.

He also said that although elements involved in the film may sound very science fiction, they are completely natural. “What the film wants to showcase is that this is what the world is currently capable of, and this is what the leaders in new evolutions are dealing.”

Having worked on this documentary for over four years, they have included around 60 interviewees including some prestigious scientists and famous si-fi writers, with massive audience following their work from around the world.  

The film has also brought together over 50 leading universities, research teams, biotech companies, and internationally recognized events and organizations including the Humanity+, 2016 Global Innovator Conference, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, The Human Brain Project, and more.

“This is something that has always been in the interest of us. The story of Neo is the story of us knowing where we are going, it’s about self-exploration,” Miller said in an interview with, “We are exploring ourselves as we learn this kind of technologies. We are in a time where technology is changing rapidly affecting biology. We felt important to document it in the (right way) that doesn’t have bias on it or that Hollywood span. We wanna show the reality where we are today.”

Planning to release the film at the end of 2017, Miller’s team is still working on the film, and now they are finding investment around the world, in countries other than just America because they want a global field to the film.

“We want to feature the research companies and individuals and organizations from those countries in the film. It’s not just having one or two people coming from the one side in one country, but what we are capable of as a species when it comes to the evolution,” said Douglisio, adding that a film like Neo is meant for theaters and it’s something meant to be seen by audiences who generally might not see something like this.

The film is also expected to be shown in China’s theaters by that time, as many individuals who are leading in the fields of robotics, biotech, and genetics from China will also be involved in the film, Rob told, adding that they were told China is a place that you cannot escape when it comes to making such a film. “Beijing is a huge tech powerhouse. Some of the best technologies and advances are coming out of Beijing.”

Majoring in filmmaking, Rob is now making a documentary on human evolution for the first time in his career. “Although we are not experts in this field, we feel that we have a very good grasp of where we are today in this field, and we know how to capture leaders who can communicate the advances that are happening today in these fields to the general audience,” he said.

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