Independent filmmaker Frank Popper's feature documentary debut CAN MR.SMITH GET TO WASHINGTON ANYMORE? (2006) won the AFI Docs(Silverdocs) Audience Award; was an International Documentary AssociationFinalist, Best Feature; made the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and SciencesShort – list for documentary feature;
Won a Special Jury Prize at the InternationalHuman Rights Film Festival of Paris and aired on PBS Independent Lens.Popper filmed the feature documentary EROICA! which also aired onIndependent Lens.
GENTLEMEN OF VISION is his third documentary feature. Popper is currently Filmmaker-in-Residence at KETC-TV (PBS) in St. Louis.
Markus J. Buehler is the McAfee Professor of Engineering at MIT, a material scientist, and a composer of experimental, classical, and electronic music, with an interest in sonification. Using an approach termed "materiomusic" (https://soundcloud.com/user-275864738), his work explores the creation of new forms of musical expressions - such as those derived from the innate vibrations of biological materials and living systems - as a means to better understand the underlying science and mathematics.
In recent work, he has developed a new framework to compose music based on proteins – the basic molecules of all life, as well as other physical phenomena such as fracture singularities, to explore similarities and differences across species, scales, and between philosophical and physical models. One of his goals is to use musical and sound design, aided by AI, as an abstract way to model, optimize and create new forms of matter from the bottom up – across scales (e.g., from nano to macro) and species (e.g., from humans to spiders). For example, he is researching whether J.S. Bach - one of the most influential composers - has inadvertently discovered fundamental physical and chemical principles of protein folding, through the use of counterpoint.