Inspired by Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian Daniel J. Boorstin’s best-selling book, The Discoverers explores our desire to extend the boundaries of knowledge. The film portrays this human passion by juxtaposing historic discoveries with exciting scientific discoveries being made today.  Filmed in locations around the world—from Europe to the southern tip of South America to Alaska’s wilderness—The Discoverersreveals the passionate spirit of the explorers and scientists who challenge the unknown. The film was designed to entertain and educate audiences about the adventures of past and present discoverers, and more importantly, to inspire the pursuit of knowledge within each viewer. The Discoverers is a longer version of the film Eureka! La Pasion por Conocer, a short film produced for the 1992 Age of Discovery Universal Exposition in Seville, Spain.

Length: 40:00

Film Details

  • Year Released: 1993
  • Date Released:
    June 1993
  • Alternate Titles:
  • Status: In Distribution
  • 3D: No
  • Run Time: 31-50
  • Formats: 15/70
  • Distributor:
  • Produced By:
  • Executive Producer: Jeffrey Kirsch, Jean Xavier Orhand
  • Producer: Greg MacGillivray, Adam Moos, Alec Lorimore
  • Director:  Greg MacGillivray, Jon Boorstin, Stephen Judson
  • Associate Producer: 
  • Writer:  Jon Boorstin
  • Cinematography: Richard Michalak, Brad Ohlund, MIguel Angel Trujillo, Peter Parks (special effects photography)
  • Sound Editor: 
  • Visual Effects:
  • Music/Score:  Steve Wood
  • Editor: Stephen Judson
  • Narrator:
  • Other Credits: Produced in association with Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, S.E.M. Les Production La Geode, and Expo '92 Seville.
  • Sponsors:


  • Documentary
  • Exploration/Discovery
  • Historical



  • Golden Eagle Award, Cine Golden Eagle
  • Gold Award (Theatre Presentations) and nominated for Best Of Festival, The Chicago U.S. International Film & Video Festival
  • Silver Award (New Media/Interactive)—The Discoverers CD-ROM, created by Knowledge Adventure, Inc., The Worldfest Houston

Film Facts

A revolutionary lightweight 15/70 camera was designed by MacGillivray Freeman to bring audiences closer to the discovery experience. For the first time in the giant screen format a camera could be attached to a Steadicam, which was strapped onto a camera