SECOND NATURE: The Biomimicry Evolution

180x135_second_natureSecond Nature: The Biomimicry Evolution explores biomimicry (from bios, meaning life, and mimesis, meaning to imitate), a new discipline that studies nature’s best ideas and then imitates these designs and processes to solve industrial problems. Set in the wilds of South Africa, the film follows biologist, author, and Time magazine Hero of the Environment Janine Benyus and her team as they illustrate how organisms in the natural world can teach us how to be more efficient and sustainable in our designs and processes. Nature provides the models: solar cells copied from leaves, steely fibers woven like a spider-web, shatterproof ceramics drawn from mother-of-pearl, medical advancements compliments of chimpanzees, and a closed-loop economy that takes its lessons from redwoods, coral reefs, and oak-hickory forests.

After 3.8 billion years, life has discovered not only how to survive but also how to thrive as a system. Organisms are the consummate aviators, builders, chemists, and physicists of our planet. They have done everything that we want to do, without polluting their homes or mortgaging their future. Benyus brings a deep affection and admiration for the natural world as she guides the viewer toward a vision of a planet in balance between continued human progress and ecosystem survival.

Director: Guy Lieberman
Executive Producers: Matthew Rosmarin, Guy Lieberman
Camera: Teboho Nkonyeni
Editor: Jessica Clare Phillips
Online Editor: Sandra Vieira


Matthew Rosmarin has completed two training courses in biomimicry, one of which was facilitated by Janine Benyus in South Africa in 2009. He has presented on biomimicry at various events in South Africa and is developing further local television and film opportunities on biomimicry in Africa. His company, Talent Attack TV has adopted a stance of solely delivering content that speaks to key issues of responsible global citizenship. Matthew’s latest TV escapades took him to Antarctica and its surrounds where he was selected as one of three presenters for a 13 part reality TV series with the aim of creating awareness around climate change.

Guy Lieberman is a social entrepreneur, filmmaker and the founding director of Second Nature Sustainable Solutions. Since the early 1990s Guy has been involved in a variety of projects promoting global citizenship and ethical sustainability, both from advisory and leadership roles. Guy’s focus is to collaborate with thought leaders, captains of industry and sustainability experts to explore innovative ways to address balancing the scales of ecosystem security and human development.

As a filmmaker, Guy has produced and directed documentary films on topics ranging from culture, music and the environment, to his latest film project on biomimicry.

Guy was one of the Tällberg Forum’s 2010 Changemakers, and oversees the Green and Social brief at Draftfcb South Africa, one of the leading communication agencies in the country.

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Official Selection of:
the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival 2011
the Cleveland International Film Festival 2011
Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival 2011
The Wild & Scenic Film Festival 2012

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  • Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature. Janine Benyus. 1997 – Demonstrates how nature’s solutions to survival needs have been the creative jumping-off points for individuals seeking solutions to human challenges, developing, or simply revitalizing processes or products.
  • Consulting the Genius of the Place: An Ecological Approach to a New Agriculture. Wes Jackson. 2010. Transition from monocultures to polycultures to address health, soil, and security issues.
  • Biomimicry and Architecture. Michael Pawlyn. 2011. Explores the application of biomimicry to architecture; rich with examples and possibilities for a bio-inspired future of architecture.
  • Green Chemistry: Theory and Practice. Paul T. Anastas, John Charles Warner. 2000. Overview of the design, development, and evaluation process central to green chemistry. Explores alternative solvents and catalysts, benign syntheses and biomimetic principles, among many other topics.
  • Cat’s Paws and Catapults: Mechanical Worlds of Nature and People. Steven Vogel. 1998. Investigates whether nature or human design is superior and why the two technologies have diverged so much.

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