Join us for the 2nd in the NBPT DOCUMENTARY FILM SERIES
in partnership with Firehouse Center for the Arts
6 PM Reception
(with complimentary wine, beer & cheese)
7 PM Screening
Post- Film Panel Discussion
Q&A with Gerald Perry, Amy Geller and via Skype BOMBSHELL’s director Alexandra Dean
What do the most ravishingly beautiful actress of the 1930s and 40s and the inventor whose concepts were the basis of cell phone and bluetooth technology have in common? They are both Hedy Lamarr, the glamour icon whose ravishing visage was the inspiration for Snow White and Cat Woman and a technological trailblazer who perfected a secure radio guidance system for Allied torpedoes during WWII.
Weaving interviews and clips with never-before-heard audio tapes of Hedy speaking on the record about her incredible life—from her beginnings as an Austrian Jewish emigre to her scandalous nude scene in the 1933 film Ecstasy to her glittering Hollywood life to her ground-breaking, but completely uncredited inventions to her latter years when she became a recluse, impoverished and almost forgotten—BOMBSHELL: THE HEDY LAMARR STORY brings to light the story of an unusual and accomplished woman, spurned as too beautiful to be smart, but a role model to this day.
“Critic’s Pick. Very enjoyable… Ms. Dean relates Lamarr’s ventures, those onscreen and off, with savvy and narrative snap, fluidly marshaling a mix of original interviews and archival material that includes film clips, home movies and other footage.”– Manohla Dargis, THE NEW YORK TIMES
“Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story is a new documentary from writer-director Alexandra Dean that fascinates with its biographical zigs and zags…” — Ty Burr THE BOSTON GLOBE
The evening will start at 6:00pm with a free wine, beer and cheese reception. After the film screens, the director of the film, Alexandra Dean, will participate in a panel discussion via Skype. Alexandra is an Emmy award-winning documentary and news producer. She spent five years producing for the investigative news-magazine show “NOW on PBS,” where she covered the housing crisis, the student loan crisis, human rights abuses and environmental issues. Following PBS she became a series and documentary producer at Bloomberg television. She co-created the long running Bloomberg series Innovators. Her Bloomberg documentary, THE PLAYER, an investigation of the gambling industry, received a New York Press Club Award and was described as a “breakout” by the channel and received 4 times Bloomberg’s usual viewership.
In person we will have the husband and wife team Gerald Peary and Amy Geller. Gerald is the director-writer of two acclaimed feature documentaries, FOR THE LOVE OF MOVIES: THE STORY OF AMERICAN FILM CRITICISM (2009) and ARCHIE’S BETTY (2015), He was a film studies professor at Suffolk University, a long-time film critic for THE BOSTON PHOENIX. Currently, he writes reviews for the website, THE ARTS FUSE and is the programmer of the Boston University Cinematheque. He is the author of eight books on cinema, including co-editing the pioneering “Women in Cinema: A Critical Anthology.”
Amy Geller is a long-time producer whose credits include: PBS/BBC broadcast docudrama MURDER AT HARVARD (2003), the Sundance Institute-supported narrative STAY UNTIL TOMORROW (2005), THE WAR THAT MADE AMERICA (2006), a four-hour PBS mini-series, and FOR THE LOVE OF MOVIES: THE STORY OF AMERICAN FILM CRITICISM (2009), which was broadcast in the US and abroad. Geller served as the president of Women in Film & Video New England and the Artistic Director of the Boston Jewish Film Festival, where she received a young Jewish leadership award. Her feature-length directorial debut THE GUYS NEXT DOOR, co-directed by Allie Humenuk, was released in 2016 and has been winning jury prizes and audience awards at film festivals across the country.