About the Big Idea

Innovation starts with the spark of a big idea. If the idea gets traction, it can mean months and years of development, pitch meetings, tech revisions, and funding challenges. The pace is brutal but for a small group of people it’s all worth it. These are the select few who are driven by forces so large that they will tolerate any hardship to see their idea succeed. These are the people who change the world.

“The Big Idea” features three innovators (‘Solver teams’) and their stories as they explore groundbreaking solutions to some of the world's most pressing challenges. These brilliant and bold innovators are united by their desire to use technology, science, and engineering to create radical, systemic change. From a solution to keep vaccine temperatures stable in remote places, to antiracist technology aimed at reducing the Black maternal mortality rates, to hands-on robot-building kits for Indigenous youth, these ideas are meant to shake up the status quo and ultimately, change the world. 

“The Big Idea” is a Redglass Pictures Production and made possible by the generous support of HP.


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Meet the Innovators

Episode 1: Last Mile


When cryogenics expert Kitty Liao discovers that half of the world’s vaccines get spoiled during the last-mile of their delivery, she decides to dedicate her life to creating a solution. Liao embarks on her own arduous journey as she attempts to get her life-saving invention into the hands of the people who need it most.

Episode 2: Birth Without Bias


Motivated by her own harrowing birth experience, journalist Kimberly Seals Allers is disrupting the hospital system to transform Black maternal health outcomes in the U.S. Her app turns reviews from Black and Brown birthers into a powerful tool for hospitals to change their practices -- but are they ready to listen?

Episode 3: Indigenous Robotics


After Ojibwe native Danielle Boyer joined the robotics team in high school, she realized how out of reach robotics are for low-income families. Since then, she’s made it her mission to create free robot kits to connect other Indigenous youth to the tech skills that will shape their future.


  • Boston International Film Festival - April 29, 2023 and May 2, 2023 | Boston, MA
  • Julien Dubuque Film Festival - April 27-28, 2023 | Dubuque, IA
  • Series Fest - May 10, 2023 | Denver, CO
  • Tribeca X -  June 14, 2023 | New York City, NY
  • Roxbury International Film Festival - June 21, 2023 | Roxbury, MA
  • Nevada Women’s Film Festival - June 22-27, 2023 | Las Vegas, NV
  • Women Deliver Conference 2023 - July 17, 2023 | Rwanda
  • Female Eye Film Festival - July 29, 2023 | Toronto, Canada
  • Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival - August 7, 2023 | Newport, RI
  • LonelySeal Film Festival - October 4, 2023 | Medford, MA
  • Philadelphia Film Festival - October 19, 2023 | Philadelphia, PA
  • Urbanworld Film Festival - November 1, 2023 | New York, NY
  • Brand Storytelling - January 17, 2024 | Deer Valley, UT
  • Crystal Palace Film Festival - February 29, 2024 | London, England

Meet the Filmmakers

The Big Idea was produced by Sarah Klein and Tom Mason of Redglass Pictures.

Redglass Pictures is one of the world's leading production studios specializing in short non-fiction impact series for editorial outlets and brands.

Sarah Klein

Redglass co-founder Sarah Klein is an award-winning producer and director. Her early credits include the HBO documentary, Hard as Nails and the Arte film, The Good Mother. Redglass Pictures was formed in 2006 and since then, Klein has co-directed and produced many notable projects, including History of Memory for HP, and a series of short films for Ken Burns’ Cancer: The Emperor of Maladies, which won a DuPont Award. Among the many hats she wears at Redglass, Klein leads creative development and production. She has had the honor of interviewing: The Obamas, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, John Kerry, Michael Chabon, Warren Buffett, and JJ Abrams, to name a few.

Tom Mason

Tom Mason is the co-founder of Redglass, and in addition to co-directing and producing films with Klein, also serves as the principal of photography and post production. Mason’s cinematic approach to shorts comes from his deep roots in film and still photography, which he studied at Syracuse University. After receiving an Alexia Grant, Mason spent a year documenting the world of Russian adoption agencies. Some the projects he has co-directed at Redglass include George Saunders: On Story and Ken Burns: On Story with the Atlantic, and How To Win An Election for The New York Times.



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“The Big Idea” is a Redglass Pictures Production and made possible by the generous support of HP.