ELECTRUM: SCIENCE AS ART
PROD./DIR. ALBERTA CHU (1999)

Lightning has fascinated man from the earliest times, inspiring both awe and fear. At the turn of the century, scientist Nikola Tesla developed his Tesla coil: an electrical current generator that he envisioned as a potential power source, shooting lightning into the air to be pulled down by energy customers around the world. Almost a century later, artist Eric Orr was commissioned to build a huge sculpture that would throw magnificent lightning bolts. He turned to high-voltage engineer Greg Leyh for help, and the result was the largest Tesla coil in the world - a tower four stories high that generates three million volts of electricity and 40-foot bolts of lightning. So often we think of science and art as being irreconcilable opposites. This program proves the reverse: Electrum is a fascinating opportunity to explore the relationship between technology and art, and meet the people who see beyond the ordinary. PBS Broadcast. Distribution: APTVS, Pyramid Media. Running Time: 30 minutes

WINNER:
BEST DOCUMENTARY - DA VINCI FILM AND VIDEO FESTIVAL, Oregon USA 2000
SPIRIT OF DA VINCI AWARD - DA VINCI FILM AND VIDEO FESTIVAL 2000
GOLDEN SHEAF AWARD, BEST INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY SHORT. YORKTON, Canada 2000
2ND PLACE DOCUMENTARY - MARIN SHORT FILM AND VIDEO FESTIVAL, CA, USA 2000
FINALIST - USA FILM AND VIDEO FESTIVAL DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL 2000

BROADCAST:
National PBS Broadcast (2003) : 
KTEH San Jose (PBS) : PBS "video i" independent film series : WBGH Boston (PBS) preceded by American Experience "Nikola Tesla: Master of Lightning" 
NBC Hollywood Entertainment news magazine show "EXTRA" segment
WBN (San Francisco, CA)

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