137 Films, a local documentary film organization that specializes in science themes, is premiering its second film, entitled "The Believers" at the Chicago International Film Festival. I saw it in the rough cut version and it is really compelling as a personal drama and as a somewhat unpleasant 'peek behind the curtain' of the scientific process. The skepticism that defines the scientific community and the need for evidence is starkly contrasted with Dr. Fleischmann's taking up with an apparently discredited medical doctor for his own treatment. (FYI - Fleischmann just recently passed away.) Here's the official synopsis:
BRIEF SYNOPSIS OF FILM: The Believers chronicles the worldwide excitement and subsequent controversy when two University of Utah electrochemists announce in 1989 that they have produced a nuclear reaction at room temperature using salt water and a simple tabletop apparatus. This discovery, known as cold fusion, promised a clean, virtually inexhaustible source of energy for the world. Initially celebrated, the duo subsequently comes under attack when other universities are unable to reproduce their results. Twenty years later, some still believe in cold fusion. Part mystery, part character study and part scientific investigation, The Believers documents the story behind the announcement and its aftermath, as well as the continuing controversy surrounding whether cold fusion is junk science or the next big thing.
NOTE: You MUST buy tickets through the Film Festival site (can do individual or fest passes). Strongly recommended to buy tix in advance; high likelihood of selling out. $14 General admission.
There are two screenings, but the other is at 2pm on Oct 20th which would conflict with the regular meeting time. I also posted this on the Science Field Trips Meetup, and I know there's some crossover with some folks.