Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story
Alexandra Dean | USA | English | 90 min | Documentary
Film Info
Type of Film/Event:Documentary
Jewish Interest
Films with Q&As
NY Spotlight
Science on Screen
Release Year:2017
Running Time:90 min
Premiere Status:Long Island Premiere
Production Country:USA
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Alexandra Dean
Executive Producer:Susan Sarandon
Regina K. Scully
Michael Kantor
Producer:Adam Haggiag
Alexandra Dean
Katherine Drew
Co-Producer:Dan Braun
David Koh
Production Company:A production of Reframed Pictures and American Masters Pictures in association with Submarine Entert
Artemis Rising and Dogwoof
Cinematography:Buddy Squires
Editing By:Alexandra Dean
Penelope Falk
Lindy Jankura
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Date Search:November 09, 2017
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Starlet. Screen Siren. The Most Beautiful Woman in the World. All phrases used to describe 1940’s Hollywood actress Hedy Lamarr.

Alexandra Dean’s illuminating documentary adds Inventor to the list. Known for her matchless beauty and electric screen persona, Lamarr’s legion of fans never knew she possessed such a beautiful mind. An Austrian Jewish émigré who acted by day and drew mechanical and electronic inventions by night, Lamarr came up with a “secret communication system” to help the Allies to beat the Nazis. Weaving in Lamarr’s own voice from archival recordings, Dean reveals how Lamarr gave her patent to the Navy, received no credit for her contributions, and wound up impoverished in her latter years.

"Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story is a film for lovers of history, Hollywood and science" -Opal Bennett, Tribeca Film Festival

Q&A with Director Alexandra Dean, Dr. Christine N. Metz, and Journalist Fleming Meeks- Moderated by WLIW's Diane Masciale!

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.

DR. CHRISTINE METZ  is currently a professor at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research and professor at the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. In addition, she is the Director of Research for the Department of OB-GYN at NSUH and LIJMC (Northwell Health). She has also served as president of Advancing Women in Science and Medicine. Dr. Metz graduated from Cornell University with BS and MS degrees and she completed her PhD in Immunology/Pathology at New York University. She began her scientific career studying the role of macrophage migration inhibitory factor (or MIF) in numerous inflammatory conditions. In 2001, Dr. Metz established her laboratory at the The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research.

FLEMING MEEKS is a specialist in media relations and content. A 30-year veteran financial journalist, he joined Rooney Partners as an Associate in 2017 to expand outreach to the financial media and to work closely with clients on content generation. Prior to joining Rooney Associates, he worked for Dow Jones for 18 years, the last six as executive editor of Barron’s, where he oversaw the highly profitable magazine’s editorial content and drove its unmatched investment coverage. Fleming served as an advisor and appeared on camera in Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story. His extensive recorded interviews with Miss Lamarr, conducted for a 1990 article in Forbes, served as the backbone of the award-winning documentary.

DIANE MASCIALE is Vice President & General Manager of WLIW21 and Executive Producer of local productions at WNET, parent company of WLIW21 and THIRTEEN, and operator of NJTV. This Long Island native is responsible for day-to-day operations of WLIW21, the country’s 4th most-watched PBS station. As Executive Producer, she also oversees local productions for all three stations including the Emmy Award-winning, Treasures of New York, an original series showcasing New York’s cultural icons and MetroFocus, a daily television and multi-platform news magazine. Masciale also is Host and Executive Producer of WLIW Arts Beat showcasing local arts as well as arts and culture from the region and across the country.

This screening is sponsored by Edelman Financial Services, LLC

Science on Screen® at the Gold Coast Arts Center is made possible through a grant from the Coolidge Corner Theatre, with support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.