DOCUMENTARY : ART+SCIENCE

THE ELECTRUM: SCIENCE AS ART

PRODUCER/DIRECTOR 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

 

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)

 

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)

ELECTRUM: SCIENCE AS ART (1999)

PRODUCER/DIRECTOR: ALBERTA CHU

DURATION: 30 MINUTES

 

SCREENINGS, AWARDS AND BROADCASTS

 

FILM FESTIVALS

 

RHODE ISLAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Providence, Rhode Island August 7-August 13, 2000

ELECTRUM will be screened on Friday, August 11th at 11:00am and Saturday, August 12th at 4:00pm, at the Columbus Theatre, Providence

For more information: Rhode Island International Film Festival website Filmmakers to attend both screenings

 

WINE COUNTRY FILM FESTIVAL

Napa Valley, California July 21-August 14, 2000

ELECTRUM will be screened on Sunday, July 23rd at 1:00pm, at the Harvest Inn, located at 1 Main St. (HWY 29), St. Helena Filmmakers to attend the screening and the filmmakers reception at noon on the same day.

DA VINCI FILM AND VIDEO FESTIVAL

July 15-16, 2000 Corvallis, Oregon

ELECTRUM will be screened on Sunday, July 16th, 2000 at 10:00am at the Oregon State University, LaSells Stewart Center in the Austin Auditorium Filmmakers to attend screening and conduct Q & A following screening

Winner: Best Documentary

Winner: Da Vinci Spirit Award

 

MARIN NATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL

San Rafael, California

July 1-4, 2000 at the Marin County Fairgrounds. Daily at 2:00pm and 5:00pm

For more information: Marin County Fair Website

(This yearʼs theme: INVENTORS AND INVENTIONS) Filmmakers to attend both screenings on July 3rd

Winner: Second Place, Documentary

 

YORKTON SHORT FILM AND VIDEO FESTIVAL

Saskatchewan, Canada May 15-17, 2000

Winner: Golden Sheaf Award, Best International Documentary Short

 

SAN FRANCISCO TESLA SOCIETY MEETING

1:00pm on Sunday, February 13, 2000 at 3220 Sacramento Street (near Lyon), SF In conjunction with a free public lecture by Greg Leyh highlighting progress on the Advanced Lightning Facility.

 

CINERGY ARTS FESTIVAL

Saturday, February 17, 2001

ELECTRUM is screening at 10pm 33 W. Victoria Hall, Santa Barbara

 

TECHFILM 2000

November 6-11, 2000 ELECTRUM is screening on November 8th 2

Prague, Czech Republic

Filmmaker, Director of Photography David Safian to attend screening and conduct Q&A session afterwards

 

SRL DEMO AND VIDEO PROGRAM

November 4, 2000 at 9:00pm

 

ChemLAB/XE.RO

817 W. Madison, Phoenix, AZ 85007

For more information: call 1.602.306.XERO

 

DOCSIDE DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL

October 27-29, 2000 San Antonio, TX

ELECTRUM is screening on Saturday, October 28, at 5:00pm UIW International Conference Center, 4301 Broadway, San Antonio, Texas Filmmakers to attend screening and conduct Q & A session afterwards

Winner: Docside Official Selection Award

 

ANTIMATTER FESTIVAL OF UNDERGROUND SHORT FILM AND VIDEO

September 15-24, 2000 Victoria, BC, Canada

ELECTRUM is screening third in a program of 9 short films in the "Superconductor" program 7:00pm on Friday, September 22 Open Space Art Center, 510 Fort St., Victoria

 

SILVERLAKE FILM FESTIVAL

September 14-17, 2000 Los Angeles, CA
ELECTRUM is screening third in a program of three short films in the "Under Construction" program Sunday September 17th at 2:00pm Glaxa Studios, 3707 Sunset Blvd. (at Lucile), Los Angeles, CA

For more information: Silverlake Film Festival website

PUBLIC SCREENINGS

BurningART Presents: "A Mechanical Cabaret" A Benefit for Charles A. Gadeken Saturday, October 13th 2001

CELLspace 2050 Bryant st. @ 18th San Francisco Greg Leyh in person to present the film and answer questions.

For more information: 415.648.7562

 

Other Cinema presents: MACHINES OF MAYHEM Saturday, September 8th 2001 8:30pm ATA Gallery 992 Valencia, San Francisco Admission $5 Also Playing: Survival Research Labs' The Arbitrary Calculation of Pathological Amusements. The 45-min. doc, directed by Dave Scardina and edited by Alan Kelley, takes us to downtown Tokyo on the Emperor's birthday, for explosives, flame-throwers, and the pernicious Pitching Machine! In Person: Mark Pauline. Featuring performance by a "guest" machine. The Robert Beck Memorial Cinema presents:

 

ELECTRICITY RESPECT

Tuesday April 17, 2001 9:00pm

Collective: Unconscious 145 Ludlow St. Admission $5 One more in the ongoing RBMC series of Subterranean Science programs. Screening to be preceded by a program of pseudo-scientific oddities and miscellany collected by the RBMC staff and followed by a Live TESLA COIL demonstration by resident Tesla Coil expert, Jamie Mereness!

 

ENERGY FILM FESTIVAL

March 15-16, 2001 ELECTRUM is screening on March 15th 6:33pm Lausanne, Switzerland

For more information: Energy Film Festival website 

 

AWARDS

 

BEST DOCUMENTARY - DA VINCI FILM AND VIDEO FESTIVAL 2000

GOLDEN SHEAF AWARD, BEST INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY SHORT - YORKTON SHORT FILM AND VIDEO FESTIVAL 2000

2ND PLACE DOCUMENTARY - MARIN NATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL 2000

OFFICIAL SELECTION - DOCSIDE DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL 2000

FINALIST - USA FILM AND VIDEO FESTIVAL 2000

SPIRIT OF DA VINCI AWARD - DA VINCI FILM AND VIDEO FESTIVAL 2000

 

BROADCAST DATES

2003 National PBS Broadcast – TBD

KTEH San Jose (PBS) - Channel 54 Monday, October 1st, 2001 at 10 pm

Wednesday, October 3rd at midnight

 

ELECTRUM has been selected for the new season of the "video i" independent film series WBGH Boston (PBS)

Thursday, July 19, 2001

 

ELECTRUM airs at 9:30pm preceded by American Experience episode "Nikola Tesla: Master of Lightning" Channels 2 and 44

For more information: WGBH website

 

NBC The Hollywood Entertainment news magazine show "EXTRA" will be televising a brief segment on the "Electrum" sculpture.

Airtimes: Los Angeles - NBC (channel 4), Saturday Feb 3, 7pm San Francisco - WBN (channel 20), Sunday Feb 4, 5pm

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