"Maker" is a feature-length documentary on the Maker Movement and its impact on society, culture and economy in the U.S.

From the producers of the internationally acclaimed “Design & Thinking,” “Maker” is a feature-length documentary that looks into the current Maker Movement in America – a new wave of Do-It-Yourself and Do-It-Together culture fueled by passion and powered by the advent of new technologies.


From the time our team of four first premiered "Design & Thinking" in LA of early 2011, it has been screened at more than 300 events across 40 countries – inspiring tens of thousands around the world. In the two years since we completed Design & Thinking, we have pondered the question many audiences asked, “What’s next!?

We aim to answer that question with our follow-up effort: "Maker" is a feature-length documentary that looks into the current maker movement in America – a new wave of Do-It-Yourself and Do-It-Together fueled by passion and powered by the advence of new technologies. 

The "Maker Movement", sometimes called the "Third Industrial Revolution," subverts traditional manufacturing by building on innovative concepts such as open source, local manufacturing, crowd funding, and digital fabrication. Breaking the hobbyist movement stereotype, "Maker" delves deep into this ecosystem of design and manufacturing in the Internet era. The film explores the ideas, tools, and personalities that are driving the Maker Movement – and returns with a timely snapshot of one of the transforming influences of the current age. 

We have conducted extensive interviews of key figures behind headline-making projects, daily practitioners, and observers of the movement, in our effort to piece together what this ecosystem looks like, and present insights on how it can impact society, culture and the economy in the U.S., and the world.


  • Producers: Yu-Hsiu Yang / Iris Lai 

  • Executive producers: FairGoods / 10,000 Hours / Etan Ayalon

  • Directed & shot by Mu-Ming Tsai 

  • Additional Photography: Bianca Yeh 

  • Editor: Iris Lai / Emily Hsiang

  • Music: Emily Lin / Tracy Chen

  • Marketing: Iris Lai / Emily Hsiang

  • Advisor: Navi Radjou / Mark Bünger / Melissa Huang 

  • Kickstarter trailer music by Jacob Montague

INTERVIEWEES (in alphabetical order)

  • Alec Foege: Author of "The Tinkerers"  

  • Barry Katz: Consulting Professor in the Design Division at Stanford University 

  • Bruce Schaar: Member at BioCurious

  • Carl Bass: CEO of Autodesk 

  • Charles Adler: Co-Founder & Advisor of Kickstarter

  • Chris Anderson: Author of “Makers: The New Industrial Revolution”, CEO at 3D Robotics 

  • Dale Dougherty: Founder & CEO at Maker Media 

  • Damien Declercq: Director of New Business Development at Local Motors 

  • Danae Ringelmann: Co-founder of Indiegogo

  • David Lang & Eric Stackpole: Co-Founders of OpenROV 

  • Duann Scott: Designer Evangelist at Shapeways

  • Eric Migicovsky: Founder & CEO of Pebble Technology

  • Gonzalo Martinez: Director of Strategic Research at Autodesk

  • Jeremy Conrad & Helen Zelman: Co-Founders at Lemnos Labs 

  • Jim Newton: Founder of TechShop 

  • Kristina Hathaway & Raymond McCauley: Co-Founders of BioCurious

  • Mark & Elsa Bünger:  Research Director at Lux Research & his daughter

  • Mark Dwight: Founder & CEO of Rickshaw Bagworks

  • Matthew Hagan: 3D Printing Engineer at Shapeways

  • Mick Ebeling: Founder of Not Impossible Labs

  • Navi Radjou: Co-Author of "Jugaad Innovation" & faculty member of the World Economic Forum (WEF)

  • Nemo Gould: A Kinetic Sculptor A.K.A “nemomatic”

  • Peter Platzer: CEO of Nanosatisfi 

  • Ronald Miloh Alexander: Co-Founder of Type A Machines

  • Scott N. Miller: CEO & Co-Founder of Dragon Innovation 

  • Sylvia Todd: Sylvia's Super-Awesome Maker Show

  • Tanya Menendez & Matthew Burnett: Co-founders of Maker's Row 

  • Tim O'Reilly: Founder of O'Reilly Media. 


(For the full screening list, please visit here.)

  • World Premiere @Maker Faire San Mateo , May 17, 2014
  • Autodesk internal screening @San Francisco, CA, June 11, 2014
  • Google Internal Screening @CA, July 24, 2014
  • Johns Hopkins Internal Screening @Baltimore, Maryland, July 23, 2014
  • Microsoft internal screening @NY, September 15, 2014
  • Target internal screening @Minneapolis, September, 2014
  • Midwest UX @Indianapolis, IN, October 23, 2014
  • Harvard University @Cambridge, MA, November 12, 2014
  • CPH:DOX 2014 Film Festival, @Copehhagen, Denmark, November 6, November 12, 2014
  • Bandai Namco Internal Screening @Tokyo, Japan, November 6, 2014
  • Kikk Festival 2014 @Namur, Belgium, November 6, November 7, 2014


  • Sheffield Design Week @Sheffield, United Kingdom, June 13 ~ 21, 2015
  • PLANET+ DOC @Warsaw, Poland, May 8 ~ 17, 2015
  • 15th Belfast Film Festival @Belfast, Northern Ireland April 16 ~ 25, 2015
  • CROSSROADS Festival for Documentary Film and Discourse @Graz, Austria, June 12, 2015
  • Aarhus Film Festival @Aarhus, Denmark, November 11, November 15, 2014
  • CPH:DOX 2014 Film Festival, @Copehhagen, Denmark, November 6, November 12, 2014
  • Kikk Festival 2014 @Namur, Belgium, November 6 November 7, 2014
  • The 5th Seoul International Architecture Film Festival @Seoul, Korea, October 31, November 2, 2014
  • Design It Yourself Festival @Surabaya, Indonesia, October 24, 2014
  • Sidewalk Film Festival @Birmingham, Alabama, USA, October 22, 2014
  • Architecture & Design Film Festival @NYC, USA, October 17, October 19, 2014
  • San Diego Design Film Festival @San Diego, CA, USA, October 9, October 12, 2014
  • CNEX Film Festival - September 28th, October 1st, October 2, 2014
  • Seattle Design Festival @Seattle, USA, September 14, 2014
  • A Design Film Festival 2014 @Singapore, September 06, September 14, 2014
  • Made Festival & CPH:DOX2014 Co-screening @Roskilde, Denmark , August, 30, 2014
  • The Maker Film Festival of Durango @Durango, Colorado, USA, August 9, 2014
  • Craft In Focus Film Festival @Amsterdam, May 31, 2014