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We're making a sequel!

The Kickstarter for the PHD Movie 2 was a big success! Thank you so much to all the supporters for making it possible.  If you missed out on the Kickstarter, you can still support the sequel by selecting the "Support the Sequel" add-on when you purchase the first movie.

Stay tuned for more news about the new PHD Movie, coming next year!


Let's make a sequel!

Support our Kickstarter to make a sequel of The PHD Movie!

If you already purchased the movie here before, THANK YOU SO MUCH! Your contribution is also helping us fund the sequel.  Now please tell everyone you know about it!


You can gift a streaming or download copy of The PHD Movie! Just click on "View the Movie" and select "This is a gift" from the next menu.


Watch this excerpt from the movie, free!


Catch Alexandra Lockwood ("Cecilia") and Crystal Dilworth ("Tajel") in episodes of "Ph.Detours":


Watch the Professor Smith Public Service Announcement!


**Update: Streaming includes English subtitles. Spanish, Russian, Japanese, Czech and Greek subtitles available when you choose the download option! More languages coming soon!

Thank you to everyone who's been watching the movie! Here are some great reviews and articles:

'I don't think I've laughed that hard in a long time! Great movie!!'
-Paige, U. Wisconsin

'I really enjoyed your movie because it helped me get my academic life back in perspective.'
-Kaitlyn, Michigan Tech U.

'The movie gave me so much comfort to know that I'm not the only one suffering!'
-Amanda, Queen's U.

'I just want to let you know that we had 1,535 students turn out. Thanks for the great movie!'
-Tim, U. Illinois

'Oh it's brilliant! Simply a marvel!'
-David, Tech. U. of Denmark

'The comic relief you bring makes life in lab bearable.'
-Haley, U. Cincinnati

'Watching the movie, I realized my feelings about my research are normal.'
-Sinikiwe, U. of the Witwatersrand, South Africa



Welcome to the PHD Movie website!

The PHD Movie is the independently-produced live-action adaptation of the online comic strip Piled Higher and Deeper. Filmed on location at the California Institute of Technology, the movie follows four graduate students and their struggles with teaching, love and getting their research to work.

Find out more about the movie by watching the trailer above or the bonus videos below: 

The Making Of The PHD Movie - 2 minute version

View the full 12-minute documentary by selecting the "Special Features" Add-on during the check out process.

The Music Of The PHD Movie

The soundtrack for the movie was recorded by bands and musicians from around Caltech and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. You can download all 22 tracks in mp3 format by selecting it as an Add-on during checkout.

The Screenings

The PHD Movie has screened in over 450 campuses and research centers worldwide. There might be some going on near you, check out the full list here.

Robin Ince Interviews Jorge Cham and Alexandra Lockwood

Check out this fun interview by Robin Ince ( about making Science fun, art vs. science and how society views academia.

The PHD Movie


You can sample the movie's soundtrack below! Stream it in your office or lab and let everyone dance to the tune of procrastination.