Disaster Playground at Sheffield and May news

JUNE 30th, 2015

GET DISASTER PLAYGROUND ON ALL DIGITAL PLATFORMS (iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, GooglePlay, Vudu, Vimeo on Demand Etc...) on June 30th on www.disasterplayground.com with lots of bonus footage.


Get tickets for the British Film Institute, with Q&A chaired by Guardian Design and Architecture Critic Oliver Wainwright with Director Nelly Ben Hayoun and Dr Franck Marchis, Senior Planetary Astronomer, SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute. London Premiere in London, June 30th here

Get tickets for the Roxie Cinema, Q&A with Project Manager Annette Rodrigues; Dr. Seth Shostak, Senior Astronomer & Director of the Center for SETI Research, SETI Institute; Dr. Peter Jenniskens, Meteor showers specialist, SETI Institute; Dr Margaret Race, Senior Research Scientist, SETI Institute; Dr. David Morrison, Senior Scientist at NASA SSERVI. San Fransisco Premiere, June 30th here

Also screened at the Rio Cinema in London (Sunday, July 5th) as part of the East End Film Festival;  the Victoria and Albert Museum as part of the London Digital Week end (Friday, September 25th), and many more screenings, all updates on www.disasterplayground.com

But don't just take our word for it, check out some of the SXSW reviews!

Sound on Sight says "Disaster Playground is succinct, bombastic, and a great, fun look at a grave, literally larger-than-life matter... Separated by flippantly philosophizing narration, the documentary plays as if Michel Gondry invaded top scienticic offices and decided to make a safety instruction video conplete with ridiulously charming props."

Free Press Houston praised the comedic approach to such a serious matter! 

"Ben Hayoun draws out the facts and the opinions of her subjects with infectious charm; she makes a wild goose chase for official information engaging and visually dynamic," says the Austin Chronicle

SXSW Festival Director Janet Pierson singled out Disaster Playground as one of the 6 Highlights From SXSW 2015: "It's pretty nuts. The Director comes at it from a completely different perspective. It's a space movie."

Bustle also acclaimed Disaster Playground as one of the 17 Female-Directed Films From SXSW 2015 That Everyone Needs To See

A  Q&A profile about Nelly and  Disaster Playground can be found on Indiewire




International Space Orchestra trumpet player BJ Navarro, Assistant Chief of the Flight Systems Implementation Branch at NASA Ames Research Center, was able to arrange to put the International Space Orchestra (ISO) music in space. Literally.
On Tuesday, May 5th, BJ received amazing pictures from ESA Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti who brought the ISO music Compact Disc to ISS. The pictures show the ISO CD orbiting the earth on board the ISS, experiencing ZERO G inside the Cupola. A big thanks to Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti!
NBH Studio is working on a new bold project. On May 5th 2015,  World Renowned Marine Biologist and Ted Prize Winner Dr. Sylvia Earle, President of submersible company Doer Marine Liz Taylor and Ian Griffith, acclaimed Icelandic Post-rock band Sigur Ros visited NASA AMes Research Center, NASA SSERVI and the SETI Institute as part of NBH Studio new project R&D; The Life, the Sea and the Space Viking. A Space Odyssey and Viking Saga 11km under the sea, documenting a submersible expedition and an encounter with our biological archeology. Merging the fields of astrobiology, terraforming and the research of extremophiles, the project is set for release in 2017. More Updates soon on www.nellyben.com
Check out the latest profiles on Nelly!
- Featured in The Interior Photographer blog as Nelly talks about keeping busy, her diverse work, and what's happening next!
- She was a Feature in Icon Design as a part of the Milan Design Week in April of 2015.
- Japanese AXIS Magazine featured Nelly as one of the Next Generation Designers of 2015!
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Upcoming NBH Studio Talks

If you missed her talks earlier in the year, be sure to check out where Nelly will be speaking soon! She will be all over Europe and the US in the upcoming months.

Design in Action
Edinburgh, Scotland
Friday, May 22nd, 2015

Keynote Speaker, Nelly Ben Hayoun will be talking as part of Design in Action.
Sheffield Doc Fest Panel 
City Hall, Sheffield, UK
June 9th, 2015 at 14:30 GMT

Nelly will be one of three on the panel "Meet the Artist-Filmmakers: Working Across Gallery and Cinema Settings," at the Sheffield Doc Fest.
Hyatt Regency, New Orleans, USA
October 8-10th, 2015

The American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA), the oldest and largest professional membership organization for design, is holding its National Conference in New Orleans, USA this year. Nelly will be one of the keynote speakers.
E.D.S.T. 2015
Kerkrade, The Netherlands
Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

Nelly Ben Hayoun will be speaking at The Continium to start the first edition of speaks on Earth, Design, Science, and Technology. Other speakers will include Seb Chan (Cooper Hewitt New York), Deyan Sudjic (Design Museum London)...

Previous NBH Studio Talks 

Nelly has been everywhere so far spreading her wisdom and energy in 2015, if you missed any of her talks the first time, be sure to check them out below: 

Mattel Inc Talk Series
Los Angeles, USA
Tuesday, April 30th, 2015

Nelly Ben Hayoun spoke at the American toy company about creativity and innovation. 
Keynote Speaker at AIGA SF
San Fransisco, USA
Monday, April 27th, 2015

She gave an inspiring and connecting talk at the San Fransisco Branch of the American Institute of Graphic Arts! 
Google London
London, UK
Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

Nelly gave an exciting Google talk in London. Click here to watch the talk. 
Resonate 2015
Belgrade, Serbia
Saturday, April 18th, 2015

Nelly Ben Hayoun was the closing keynote at Resonate, which concentrated on the position of technology in art and culture.  
Microsoft Research
Cambridge, UK
Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

Nelly Ben Hayoun talked as the Opening provocation for Research Through Design, a conference hosted by Microsoft Research.
The Story
The Conway Hall, London
Friday, February 20th, 2015

one-day conference about stories and story-telling celebrating everything that is wonderful, inspiring, and awesome about stories - in whatever medium possible. 
Google Headquarters Talk
Mountain View, USA
Monday, February 2nd, 2015

Nelly was the keynote at Google Headquarters as a part of the Google Talk Series. 

BBC Radio 4 Saturday Live 
The Conway Hall, London
Saturday, January 10th, 2015

Featured on the program as an interviewed guest.

The NBH Studio Press Archives offer a more extensive look on all the things going on inside the studio! 
Read more updates on www.nellyben.com