A young filmmaker sets out to document a brilliant neuroscientist who has become frustrated with his field’s status quo. With time elapsing and millions of dollars on the line, In Silico explores an audacious 10-year quest to simulate the entire human brain on supercomputers. Along the way, it reveals the profound beauty of tiny mistakes and bold predictions — a controversial space where scientific process meets ego, and where the lines between objectivity and ambition blur.
Official Selection of CPH:DOX 2021
Official Selection of DOCNYC 2020
“Excellent… Hutton’s profound point is that there remains an important difference between being wrong and being not even wrong.” -The New Yorker
“A fascinating window into the trouble grandiose research projects and grandiose personalities can generate.” - Nature
“In Silico shows the scientific process in all its messy glory, with its revelations, missteps, labor, frustrations, self-promotion, fights for funding, and fractious egos. And it shares a filmmaker’s progress from an awestruck acolyte to a wiser and more objective observer.” - Boston Globe
“The project’s spectacular size and public profile serve as a magnifying lens held to the system at large, allowing us to examine the rot of corporate bureaucracy taking hold of scientific research institutes everywhere.” - Science for the People Magazine
Meet the Filmmaker
Noah Hutton(Director, Cinematographer, Editor, Composer). Noah directed, edited, and scored the award-winning documentary features Deep Time (SXSW 2015) and Crude Independence (SXSW 2009). In 2015, Noah was named a Salzburg Global Fellow in Neuroscience & Art, and created Brain City, a multi-platform installation in Times Square commissioned by the Times Square Arts Alliance that brought visuals from six leading neuroscience labs to some of the largest outdoor displays in the world. In 2020, he wrote and directed the sci-fi feature Lapsis, which premiered in the narrative feature competition at SXSW 2020 and was acquired by Film Movement for U.S. theatrical release in early 2021. He graduated from Wesleyan University, where he studied art history and neuroscience, and received the Jacob Burns Film Center's 2015 New Lens Award.