Particle Fever

(USA, 2013, 99 mins, DCP)
Canadian Premiere
PROD David Kaplan
CAM Claudia Raschke-Robinson
ED Walter Murch, Mona Davis
MUS Robert Miller
PROD CO Anthos Media
Guests in attendance. Legendary editor Walter Murch will also participate in VIFF’s Film and Television Forum panel "From The Godfather to The God Particle" on Saturday, October 5 at 3:00pm. Tickets and further information are available at


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.

"Is particle physics the new rock’n’roll? An unlikely proposition, certainly. But judging by the reception given to two screenings [at the Sheffield Documentary Festival] of Particle Fever, a brilliant documentary about the teams who conceived, designed and built the Large Hadron Collider, particle physicists just may be the new rock stars… Six physicists are the compelling characters we follow as work proceeds to discover if the Higgs Boson exists. The Higgs Boson is what Alfred Hitchcock called “the McGuffin” of Particle Fever—the plot device that propels the story. And the research, the trials and the final announcement of whether the Higgs Boson exists are all presented within the context of gripping personal dramas."—David Gritten, Telegraph

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