In Dustin Brown’s new short film CLARITY, a leading neuroscientist risks her life for her research. The imaging machine, which blinks a yellow like not unlike HAL 9000’s red one (see 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY), seems to have a character. Much of the action takes place between neuroscientist and machine.

CLARITY received a production grant from the American Film Institute’s program with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to support filmmakers making short films featuring science and technology. It has played and won awards at the L.A. Shorts Festival, the Worldfest-Houston International Film Festival, the Boston Sci Film Festival, and the Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival. CLARITY is making its online premiere on Sloan Science & Film.

CLARITY will be in the next edition of the Sloan Science & Film Teacher’s Guide, which makes over 50 short films about science available for the classroom.