San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Extreme By Design, an hour-long documentary film, brings this revolution to life by following three Stanford University students as they design and build products to meet basic needs of the world’s poor.
Extreme by Design
A DOCUMENTARY ABOUT STUDENTS BUILDING A BETTER WORLD, ONE PRODUCT AT A TIME!
By Ralph King Jr and Michael Schwarz
Extreme by Design is an hour-long documentary film, which follows a band of college students who, using a radical new design approach, make life-changing products for the poor.
At a time of unprecedented global challenges, the under-30 “millennial” generation has every reason to be fatalistic and disengaged. Yet in fields ranging from public health to education, plenty of millennia’s are engaged. Call it the empathy revolution.
Extreme by design brings this revolution vividly to life by capturing the experience of three Stanford University grad students as they design and build products to solve seemingly intractable problems for the world’s poor. One student’s team must create a breathing device to keep babies in Bangladesh from dying of pneumonia. Another seeks a way to store drinking water for Indonesian villagers.
The narrative begins in January 2011 – on the first day of a course called Entrepreneurial Design for Extreme Affordability – and ends eight months later with one group of students returning to Asia to test their device in the field amid plans to launch a startup.
Thursday, June 20th
6:00pm – 9:00pm
925 Mission Street, SF
Trailer / Film Website:
6:00pm – Doors Open
6:30pm – Film: Extreme by Design
7:30pm – Post-film discussion
Ralph King Jr. (Producer, Co-Director)
Ralph King worked as a print journalist for 25 years before turning his love of story telling to film in 2005, when he enrolled at the San Francisco School of Digital Filmmaking. Most recently, he produced and co-directed Extreme By Design, a documentary airing on PBS nationally in primetime in 2013, which follows a trio of Stanford students as they design and build low-cost products for the developing world. While at SFSDF, King produced Around June, a romance set in the San Francisco dockyards, which premiered at the Mill Valley Film Festival. Prior to filmmaking, he was a staff reporter at the Wall Street Journal, where he was twice nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, and at several national magazines.
King is an independent filmmaker and founder of Hawkview Pictures in Portola Valley, Calif. He also produced Around June and co-produced Presque Isle, narrative features that premiered at the Mill Valley Film Festival
When & Where
Impact Hub Bay Area
Impact Hub San Francisco is a coworking & events space for a membership community of entrepreneurs, activists, creatives, and professionals taking action to drive positive social and environmental change.