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Director Mark Levinson and Producer David Kaplan, talk about their film, “Particle Fever.”
Imagine being able to watch as Thomas Edison turned on the first light bulb, or as Ben Franklin received his first jolt of electricity.
For the first time, a film gives audiences a front row seat to a significant and inspiring scientific breakthrough as it happens. Particle Fever follows six scientists during the launch of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the start-up of the biggest and most expensive experiment in history, pushing the edge of human innovation.
As they seek to unravel the mysteries of the universe, 10,000 scientists from over 100 countries joined forces in pursuit of a single goal: to recreate conditions that existed just moments after the Big Bang and find the Higgs boson, potentially explaining the origin of all matter. But they confront an even bigger challenge: have we reached our limit in understanding why we exist?
Mark Levinson is a physicist turned filmmaker. David Kaplan is a professor of theoretical particle physics at Johns Hopkins University.
“Particle Fever” is available for download and VOD on iTunes and other sites. It is also showing in selected theaters. For showtimes, as well as a lot of information on the film, the subjects and how to learn more about physics, go to their website, ParticleFever.com.
Last October 22, Andy Lopez, a 13-year-old from Santa Rosa, California, was walking along a rural road with a BB gun, when a Sonoma County Sheriffs car pulled up. Within seconds, a deputy opened fire, pumping 7 bullets into the body of the young Latino. Thousands have been protesting this cold-blooded police murder.
On July 7, the Sonoma County DA issued a report blaming Andy for his own death, and refusing to put the deputy on trial. Nicole Guerra, an organizer with Andy’s Youth, friends of Andy Lopez and other local youth who continue to protest his killing.
To learn more and get involved, go to the Justice Coalition for Andy Lopez.
We also hear from Lupillo Rivera, the Mexican Music Superstar who stood up against the howling fascist mobs in Murrieta, CA, on July 1, when they were terrorizing busloads of immigrant children. Connect with him on Facebook.
Read “Leave Those Children Alone!” a statement from Carl Dix and Travis Morales:
On July 2, more than 100 people waving American flags, screaming “Go back home,” and “Not our children. Not our problem,” blocked Homeland Security buses bringing 140 Central American refugee children and mothers to a Border Patrol processing center in Murrieta, California. This was a scene quite in keeping with America’s traditions. First, like modern day slave catchers, the government rounds up tens of thousands of hungry, desperate children at the border in Texas, then, these flag waving Made in America, 4th of July celebrating racists are unleashed.
“Not our children. Not our problem.”??? FUCK YOU!!!
Read more at revcom.us.