In the last 100 years, the vitamin industry has launched a revolution, an obsession with nutritional perfection, and a global industry worth over $100 billion a year. Almost one billion people take a vitamin or supplement regularly—or give one to their children. But it can be confusing. Some doctors point to research showing vitamins can be lifesavers. Others claim that most are useless and some are downright dangerous. In a world where even the scientists disagree, how do we decide whether to take them, or not? In Vitamania, Dr. Derek Muller leads an epic adventure around the world to investigate vitamin science and history, and ask the question—how do we separate the sense from the nonsense?
Dr. Muller is a scientist and filmmaker, and the creator of Veritasium, a YouTube channel about science, with five million subscribers and half a billion views. He is best known for addressing counter-intuitive concepts in science, and for his ability for making the most complex stories relatable and entertaining. Derek is also the host of CuriosityStream’s original documentary series DIGITS, and a correspondent on Netflix’s Bill Nye Saves the World. He is a sought-after speaker, appearing on stage with Neil deGrasse Tyson, Michio Kaku, and International Space Station Commander Chris Hadfield. He has hosted the March for Science in Washington DC (2017), the Google Science Fair (2016), and the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (2017).
Vitamania is a Genepool Productions feature documentary for SBS Australia, CuriosityStream, and ARTE France, with principal production investment from Screen Australia, in association with Film Victoria. It is written, directed and executive produced by Genepool’s Emmy® Award-winning filmmaker Sonya Pemberton, one of Australia’s leading factual television producers specializing in science. Sonya is also a record-breaking five-time winner of the prestigious Eureka Award for Science Journalism.
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