The Botany of Desire

The Botany of Desire is adapted from Michael Pollan’s best-selling book, about how human desires are an essential, intricate part of natural history. The documentary explores the natural history of four plants–the apple, the tulip, marijuana, and the potato–and the corresponding human desires–sweetness, beauty, intoxication and controlling nature–that link their destinies to our own.

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Directed and Produced by Michael Schwarz
Co-directed and Co-Produced by Edward Gray
Based on the book by Michael Pollan
Edited by Don Bernier and Gail Huddleson
Photographed by John Chater and Vicente Franco
Music by Martin Bresnick
Produced by Kikim Media for PBS





Feature Films

A science focused teaching framework for short and feature films, all of which have received awards from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation for their depictions of scientific themes or characters.