Paul Lazarus USA / 2014 / 93 minutes
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SYNOPSIS: SlingShot focuses on inventor Dean Kamen and his work to solve the world’s safe water crisis.
Iconoclast, Kamen, is a modern hero. His inventions, mostly medical devices, help people in need and ease suffering. There are several documentaries currently being produced about the world’s dire water challenges. SlingShot is a film about an indomitable man who just might have enough passion, will, and innovative thinking to create a solution for a crisis that affects billions.
A quirky genius with a sharp wit and a provocative world view, Kamen is our era’s Thomas Edison. He takes on the world’s grand challenges one invention at a time. Best known for his Segway Human Transporter, Kamen has reconceived kidney dialysis, engineered an electric wheelchair that can travel up stairs (the Ibot), reworked the heart stent, built portable insulin pumps, founded FIRST robotics to inspire young students, and on and on. Holder of over 440 patents, Kamen devotes himself to dreaming up products that improve people’s lives. For the last 15 years, he has relentlessly pursued an effective way to clean up the world’s water supply.
Fifty percent of all human illness is the result of water borne pathogens. Dean Kamen has invented an energy efficient vapor compression distiller that can turn any unfit source of water (seawater, poisoned well water, river sludge, etc.) into potable, safe water without any need for chemical additives or filters. Kamen has nicknamed his device the SlingShot as in the David and Goliath story. In Kamen’s imagining, undeveloped countries are filled with little Davids, and just like the biblical slingshot and stone, the SlingShot device is the tiny piece of technology that is going to take down the gigantic Goliath of bad water.
Paul Lazarus, Director/Producer, has an over 30-year award-winning career directing, producing and writing film, theater and television. He directed and produced the independent feature, Seven Girlfriends, starring Tim Daly and Melora Hardin. Lazarus has directed many notable TV series including most recently Pretty Little Liars and The Middle. Past shows include: Ugly Betty, Friends, Everybody Loves Raymond, LA Law, Psych and Melrose Place. In the early 90s, he served as the Artistic Director of the historic Pasadena Playhouse. A graduate of Dartmouth College, Lazarus apprenticed with the Royal Shakespeare Company in England.
Cast/Featuring: Dean Kamen
Executive Producer(s): Evan and Sara Williams Eric Aroesty, Ronald Aroesty and Lewis Katz Catherine and Frederick R. Adler
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