"The Believers" begins in 1989, when two respected scientists announced a startling claim: they can solve all the world's energy problems using seawater, batteries, and a mysterious glass contraption in a process they called "Cold Fusion". Within days, Stanley Pons and Martin Fleischmann were media stars. But only three months later, their careers in tatters and their reputations ruined, they fled the country and Cold Fusion became synonymous with "bad science." An embarrassed press, a confused public who witnessed this highly unusual science fight, and the entire mainstream science community--knowing it violates the laws of physics--all assumed that Cold Fusion was dead. This film tells the story of a group of professional and amateur scientists, a high school whiz kid, and an internet DJ who more than twenty years later believe that Pons and Fleischmann were right after all. The ailing Fleischmann himself is also featured, filmed not long before his death in 2012. More information including a trailer is available at thebelieversmovie.com.
"The Believers" was produced by 137 Films. Their first film was the award-winning "The Atom Smashers" which chronicles Fermilab's search for the Higgs Boson. "The Believers" is 80 minutes long, and following the film there will be a 30 minute panel Q&A session with the film's directors and two physicists. The film was co-directed by Clayton Brown and Monica Long Ross. Clayton Brown is Executive Director at 137 Films and teaches film production at Northwestern University. Monica Long Ross taught filmmaking at Columbia College and is now Artistic Director at 137 Films. Dr. Eric Prebys, a scientist in Fermilab's Accelerator Physics Center, is in charge of US accelerator-related contributions to the Large Hadron Collider and also works on Mu2e, a proposed Fermilab experiment. Dr. Heidi Schellmann is a professor of High Energy Physics in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Northwestern University and works on the Fermilab experiments D0, MINERvA, and g-2.
More info: http://www.fnal.gov/culture/NewArts/Lectures/12-13/believers.shtml