World Premiere of “Bill Nye: Science Guy” Film at SXSW Film Festival

LightSail® Story, Carl Sagan’s Influence Part of Planetary Society CEO’s Story

Media Advisory
March 10, 2017

Erin Greeson
Phone: +1-626-793-5100


Directed by David Alvarado and Jason Sussberg
Featuring Bill Nye, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Ann Druyan, Francis Collins


World premiere of “Bill Nye: Science Guy” film

Synopsis: Bill Nye is retiring his kid show act in a bid to become more like his late professor, astronomer Carl Sagan. Sagan dreamed of launching a spacecraft that could change interplanetary exploration. Bill sets out to accomplish Sagan’s space mission, but he is pulled away when he is challenged by evolution and climate change contrarians to defend the scientific consensus. Can Bill show the world why science matters in a culture increasingly indifferent to evidence?


SXSW 2017 Film Festival, Austin, Texas, U.S.A.


World Premiere: Sunday, March 12 at 6:45 p.m. (Vimeo Theater)
Public Screening #2: Tuesday, March 14 at 5:30 p.m. (Alamo Lamar E)
Public Screening #3: Wednesday, March 15 at 11:00 a.m (Stateside Theater)
Acquisition Title/WME
Section: Documentary Spotlight


Film: “Bill Nye: Science Guy” details:

Filmmakers: David Alvarado and Jason Sussberg:
Bill Nye:

LightSail spacecraft videos, images, news and fact sheets for reporting purposes:

Bill Nye describes Carl Sagan; Sagan on “The Tonight Show” with Johnny Carson, 1976:


  • The Film: Please email [email protected] with “Bill Nye: Science Guy” film interview requests
  • LightSail: Please email [email protected] with inquiries about the LightSail spacecraft and Bill Nye’s role as Planetary Society CEO.

About The Planetary Society

With a global community of more than 2 million space enthusiasts, The Planetary Society is the world’s largest and most influential space advocacy organization. Founded in 1980 by Carl Sagan, Bruce Murray, and Louis Friedman and today led by CEO Bill Nye, we empower the public to take a meaningful role in advancing space exploration through advocacy, education outreach, scientific innovation, and global collaboration. Together with our members and supporters, we’re on a mission to explore worlds, find life off Earth, and protect our planet from dangerous asteroids. To learn more, visit