Women Make Movies, Inc.

Support for wide theatrical release and enhanced outreach and an educational campaign around the film Particle Fever, a dramatic documentary about the Large Hadron Collider

  • Amount $247,546
  • City New York, NY
  • Investigator Debra Zimmerman
  • Year 2013
  • Program Public Understanding
  • Sub-program Film

In 2007, Professor David Kaplan started filming events inside a 17-mile tunnel containing the largest scientific experiment ever conducted by humankind: the Large Hadron Collider. A milestone in scientific collaboration involving more than 10,000 scientists from 100 countries, the Large Hadron Collider is the largest, most powerful, high-energy particle accelerator ever constructed and its operation led to the much celebrated confirmation of the existence of the Higgs boson in 2012—and to a Nobel Prize for Peter Higgs. Kaplan has turned his footage into a documentary about the project, Particle Fever, an affecting portrait of scientists and a beautiful illustration of the value and validity of basic research. Funds from this grant provide support for outreach and promotion of Particle Fever, enabling the producers to build an online community using social media, host live events in the run-up to the official theatrical release, and promote the film in digital and print media.

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