Particle Fever

(USA, 2013, 99 mins, DCP)


May 16th, 7:00 PM screening will be followed by a panel discussion of physicists, copresented by TRIUMF and supported by Reel Causes. 
May 19th, 6:30 PM screening is open to youth, the film is rated PG 

Imagine being able to watch as Edison turned on the first light bulb, or as Franklin received his first jolt of electricity. Physicist turned filmmaker Mark Levinson gives us the modern equivalent of those world-changing moments with this as-it-happens front-row seat to our generation’s most significant and inspiring scientific breakthrough—the launch of the Large Hadron Collider, near Geneva, built to recreate conditions that existed just moments after the Big Bang and to potentially explain the origin of all matter. Following a team of brilliant scientists, Levinson—aided by master editor Walter Murch—crafts a celebration of discovery while revealing the very human stories behind this epic machine.

"Set in crummy offices and towering facilities worthy of a Bond movie, the documentary is edited with the momentum of a thriller by the great Walter Murch (Apocalypse Now), as we follow six scientists. They come across as simultaneously passionate thinkers and endearing nerds: There’s the elegant Italian physicist and classical pianist Fabiola Gianotti, obliviously stepping into traffic while talking excitedly on her phone. Or postdoc student and experimental physicist Monica Dunford, declaring effusively: “It’s unbelievably fantastic how great data is.”

Their excitement is infectious and the entire endeavour both mind-bending and tremendously human: Near the end, Peter Higgs, the recent Nobel Prize-winner and one of the scientists who first predicted the particle back in 1964, is seen in Switzerland watching the data results come in, while a tear trickles down his cheek." Liam Lacey, The Globe & Mail

"Mindblowing." The New York Times

"Particle Fever succeeds on every level." Hollywood Reporter

"I cried at a movie about particle physics. And I wasn’t alone." Clara Moskowitz, Scientific American


 Friday, May 16th screening will be followed by a panel discussion of physicists, copresented by TRIUMF and supported by Reel Causes.

Speakers to include:

Anadi Canepa is an experimental particle physicist. Anadi received her master degree from the University of Padova (Italy) and her PhD degree from Purdue University (USA). After an appointment as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Pennsylvania (USA) she joined TRIUMF as a research scientist. She has been a member of the ATLAS Collaboration since 2008 and of the CDF Collaboration from 2000 to 2011. He research focuses on searches for new phenomena, such as Supersymmetry, that can explain the nature of the Dark Matter in the Universe, whether or not there are extra dimensions of space-time, why there is more Matter than Antimatter around us.

Dugan O’Neil received an undergraduate degree in physics from UNB (1994), followed by an MSc. from the University of Alberta (1996) and a PhD from the University of Victoria (1999). After working on preparations for the ATLAS experiment throughout graduate school, he then took a postdoctoral fellowship at Michigan State University, working on the DZero experiment. In 2003, he took an assistant professorship at Simon Fraser University and re-joined ATLAS. In addition to working to help the experiment run and take data, in the last few years he has focused on the search for Higgs boson decays to tau leptons.

Dr. Oliver Stelzer-Chilton received his Diploma in Heidelberg and earned a Ph.D from the University of Toronto. With a Marie Curie Fellowship from the European Union, he led the W boson mass group for CDF at Fermilab, making predictions for the mass of the Higgs boson. He moved to TRIUMF in 2008 and joined ATLAS where he leads searches for new physics and Higgs boson related measurements. He directs TRIUMF’s student programs and is a member of Canada’s Institute of Particle Physics Scientific Council. He is an Adjunct Professor of Physics at the University of British Columbia.