Defying aging has long been the stuff of fantasy films and TV shows—think Brad Pitt’s reverse-aging Benjamin Button, Ryan Reynolds’ immortal Deadpool, or Highlander’s “Immortals.”
Chris Hemsworth’s Disney+ docuseries Limitless took a real-life look into ways you can extend your healthspan and lifespan. In early 2023, Emmy-nominated filmmaker Michal Siewierski is set to continue the trend with Longevity Hackers.
According to its website, the film will follow Siewierski “on a journey to discover the latest research and science breakthroughs in the field of longevity and healthy life extension.”
Consider our interest piqued. After all, content that helps people live a healthier longer life is part of our mission.
Here’s everything we know about the film so far.
What is ‘Longevity Hackers’ About?
According to the Longevity Hackers website, the documentary will draw on decades of research and interviews with top scientists, researchers, start-up CEO’s, and critics of longevity research to explore questions like if humans might soon live to 130—or even stop aging altogether.
Based on the trailer and experts involved, the film will dive into topics including genetics’ role in lifespan, ways to counteract aging, stem cell treatments, tissue regeneration, and how telomeres are involved with cancer and neurodegenerative diseases.
It looks like the film will also explore fringe topics too, like cryonics—aka preserving a dead body that can one day be revived using future medical technology.
Who’s In It?
The trailer gives a glimpse at some of the accomplished and respected experts in the anti-aging field who will be featured in Longevity Hackers:
- Natasha Vita-More, Ph.D.: A life extension scientist and author, Vita-More has consulted on the world’s aging population and researched cryonics.
- Bill Andrews, Ph.D.: A molecular biologist and gerontologist, he’s the founder of Sierra Sciences, a company looking to extend human lifespan and healthspan through telomere maintenance.
- Dr. Sandra Kaufmann, M.D.: A physician and author of The Kaufman Protocol: Why We Age and How to Stop It, she founded the Kaufmann Anti-Aging Institute to educate people on why we age and to develop strategies to limit aging’s effects.
- Sergey Young: A longevity investor, founder of the Longevity Vision Fund—which funds longevity-focused technologies—and a development sponsor at XPRIZE, a global initiative focused on curing age and age-related diseases, his mission is to extend the lifespans of one billion people.
- Linda Chamberlain: A co-founder of the Alcor Life Extension Foundation, her goal is to advance cryonics and bring her husband, father, and mother back to life, who are all cryopreserved at Alcor.
- Nick Sinclair: The CEO of Animal Bioscience, whose goal is to enhance the healthspan and longevity of animals at the cellular level.
- Dr. Nir Barzilai, M.D.: The founding director at the Institute for Aging Research at Albert Einstein College, he’s focused on the biology of aging through the effects of nutrients that extend life and how genetics determine your lifespan.
- Jose Cordeiro, Ph.D.: A futurist, engineer, and author, he believes death will be optional because of advancements in artificial intelligence, tissue regeneration, stem cell treatments, cryopreservation, and other genetic therapies to address aging.
- Maria Blasco, Ph.D.: The Director of the Spanish National Cancer Research Center, her work focuses on telomeres and their role in cancer and age-related disease.
- Ben Hurlbut, Ph.D.: A professor at Arizona State University, Hurlburt studies bioethics and political theory, specifically the relationship between science, politics, and law with medical innovation and research.
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How Can I Watch It?
Information on where you can watch Longevity Hackers hasn’t been released yet, but we’ll keep you updated when we know more.
Is There a Trailer?
Yes! The official Longevity Hackers trailer dropped in November 2021, but after a supposed release in 2022, it is now set for an early 2023 premiere.