Filmmaker William Arntz combined with Betsy Chasse and Mark Vicente to create What the #$*! Do We Know? Their most important project to date, they delivered through combined mediums of film, documentary, animation, and visual effects the answers to the most asked questions in the universe: “What is it? Where do we fit in? And, why do we do what we do?”
Arntz graduated summa cum laude from Penn State University with a degree in engineering science and began work as a research physicist with Pratt and Whitney Aircraft. There he worked on developing the first wave optics simulator for high-energy gas dynamic laser weapons (a.k.a. “Star Wars”). He “retired” and moved to Boston where he reunited with a longtime friend. Together they created Beat the Deva, a one-hour animated film noir, which won a Cine Eagle, the Kenyon Film Festival, and received distribution on the art house circuit.
He moved to San Francisco, “retired,” and became a Buddhist. His Buddhist teacher assigned him the task using his meditation/visualization skills to create a software product and company. Arntz wrote “AutoSys,” a distributed job scheduler. AutoSys went on to be one of the most widely used pieces of system management software ever written, with clients as diverse as Merrill Lynch, NASA, ILM, Sun Microsystems, Cisco, and Boeing. In 1995, Arntz sold his company and took a year off. He then devised a second successful software company, which he sold nine months after creating it.
Arntz became interested in uniting his four great interests: leading edge science, spiritual inquiry, filmmaking, and computers. He happily embarked upon the creation of What the #$*! Do We Know?