BIFF 2021: 20.-28. oktober
International documentary
The Atom Smashers

The Atom Smashers

ORIGINAL TITLE:
The Atom Smashers
USA / 2008 / 85 min
DIRECTOR:
Clayton Brown & Monica Ross
As CERN starts its new accelerator, few know what it's really about. THE ATOM SMASHERS do.

Working to break matter down into smaller and smaller components, high-energy physicists accelerate particles almost to the speed of light – and smash them against each other. The results they obtain have already changed our everyday life as well as the way we see the world, and it will probably continue to do so. THE ATOM SMASHERS revolves around interviews with scientists and politicians, making progress possible and impossible, respectively. It gives a fascinating insight in particle physics, linux rock and US politics.

Clayton Brown & Monica Ross

Director/producer Clayton Brown is a musician and documentary and fiction filmmaker whose films have been screened across the country. His most recent film, GALILEO'S GRAVE won the IFP/Chicago Production Fund grant. He was born in Kansas City, Missouri, and received an MFA in film from Northwestern University, where he is now on the faculty teaching film production and post-production.

Director/producer Monica Ross is a playwright and filmmaker. Her plays have been produced and published in the U.S. and her short films have been screened nationally and internationally. She was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, received an MFA in film from Northwestern University, is an associate director of The Arizona Women's Theatre Company in Scottsdale, Arizona, and lives and works in Chicago.