For many of us, Bill Nye fits in near the top of the pantheon of nerd heroes. Whether you watched Bill Nye the Science Guy or you've seen him on talk shows in the years since that show ended, he remains an advocate for scientific thinking and using logic to try and save the world.
Bill Nye: Science Guy is a new documentary that attempts to get to the bottom of the guy behind the science. The film made its debut at SXSW earlier this year and will begin hitting theaters next month. It aims to be an intimate portrait of the man behind the science/television personality, showing us what drives Nye as he takes way too many selfies, hangs out with Neil deGrasse Tyson, and does what seems to be most important to him now: arguing the reality of climate change.
The trailer paints Nye as someone who had to move from kids' TV show host to what Tyson calls "science statesman," and there's a very good argument for that. Yes, we all remember Nye as that funny guy who taught us about gravity as kids, but there's a bigger mission in his mind now, and this film seems determined to seek out what that is. To Nye, it might just be a simple lesson he learned from his father: "Leave the world better than you found it."
Bill Nye: Science Guy opens in New York on Oct. 27, then expands nationwide. Check out the trailer and poster above.