Canadian-born Dara Bratt won the Imagine Science Film Festival's People's Choice award for In Vivid Detail (runtime 18 minutes). The short explores the impact on a budding romance of a man's childhood brain injury, a disorder called prosopagnosia. The phenomenon prevents him from recognizing faces; features appear to be mere lines. At first his girlfriend is skeptical that he really has this neurological disorder, but then struggles to understand and accept it. After watching a street artist draw a portrait of a girl, the man, who is an architect, tries to get a sense of his girlfriend’s likeness. He asks her to come to his office and stand behind a glass wall with an embedded a grid. He traces her face, linking her features so that he can piece together the whole.
Among other things, we talked about how Dara came up with the idea for the film and the challenges of weaving science into a romantic comedy. Read more