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Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story
Directed by
Alexandra Dean

USA / 2017 / 88

Screening Times and Venues:

Q&A Attendees
*subject to change:
Alexandra Dean, Adam Haggiag, **We are truly sorry to inform you that due to sudden acute bronchitis, Susan Sarandon is unable to attend the Q&A
America knew Hedy Lamarr as a Hollywood idol -- a beauty queen and pin-up in cinema's Golden Age -- but few knew her as the inventor of the technology behind WiFi. Director Alexandra Dean offers an intimate look into the life of Austrian-born Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler, who fled a dangerous marriage in the middle of the night and boarded passage to America. A chance encounter with Louis B. Mayer thrust her into the Hollywood limelight. But despite her newfound fame, Lamarr's passion remained her knack for technology, whilst her adopted country preferred a woman selling bonds over one creating military technology.

A story of suppressed genius, Bombshell taps into conversations with Lamarr's family, Hollywood notables, and the late star to reveal her frustrations with a world that would recognize her only for her beauty. A feast for our modern zeitgeist, and a cautionary tale for a society that still often denies the brilliance of women. - Colton Cox

Alexandra Dean is an Emmy Award-winning journalist and producer. She produced news-magazine documentaries for PBS before becoming a series and documentary producer at Bloomberg television, producing the series Innovators, Adventures and Pursuits. She also writes about invention for Businessweek magazine. Today, she is a founding partner at Reframed Pictures.
Cast/Featuring: Mel Brooks, Anthony Loder, Fleming Meeks, Richard Rhodes, Robert Osborne, Jeanine Basinger
Executive Producer(s): Susan Sarandon, Regina K. Scully, Michael Kantor
Producer(s): Adam Haggiag, Alexandra Dean, Katherine Drew
Director(s): Alexandra Dean
Screenwriter(s): Alexandra Dean
Cinematographer(s): Buddy Squires
Editor(s): Alexandra Dean, Penelope Faulk, Lindy Jankura
Production Designer(s): James Salkind
Composer(s)/Music: Jeremy Bullock, Keegan Dewitt
Sound Designer(s): Eliott Taylor
Animator(s): Justin Barnes, Miguel Hernandez
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