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Introduction by filmmaker and physicist Mark Levinson. 

Imagine being able to watch as Thomas Edison turned on the first light bulb, or as Ben Franklin received his first jolt of electricity… For the first time, a film gives audiences a front-row seat to a significant and inspiring scientific breakthrough as it happens. PARTICLE FEVER follows six brilliant scientists during the launch of the Large Hadron Collider, marking the start-up of the biggest and most expensive experiment in the history of the planet, pushing the edge of human innovation. As they seek to unravel the mysteries of the universe, 10,000 scientists from more than 100 countries join forces in pursuit of a single goal: to recreate conditions that existed just moments after the Big Bang and find the Higgs boson, potentially explaining the origin of all matter. But our heroes confront an even bigger challenge: have we reached our limit in understanding why we exist? Directed by physicist-turned-filmmaker Mark Levinson, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Festival Award-winning documentary is a celebration of discovery, revealing the very human stories behind this epic machine. Winner, Audience Award, 2013 Sheffield International Documentary Festival. Official Selection, 2013 New York and CPH:DOX film festivals. 


Science on Screen

June 8–30


Science on Screen® creatively pairs screenings of classic, cult, science fiction and documentary films with lively presentations by notable experts from the world of science and technology.

Presented as part of Science on Screen®, an initiative of the Coolidge Corner Theatre, with major support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.


Mark Levinson

Before embarking on his film career, Mark Levinson earned a doctoral degree in particle physics from the University of California at Berkeley. In the film world, he became a specialist in the post-production writing and recording of dialogue known as ADR (Automated Dialog Replacement) and has worked closely with such directors as Anthony Minghella, Francis Coppola, Tom Tykwer, Milos Forman and David Fincher. In addition to PARTICLE FEVER, Levinson is the writer, producer and director of the narrative feature PRISONER OF TIME (1993) and the documentary THE BIT PLAYER (2018), which is also screening as part of this year's Science on Screen program.

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    99 minutes
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    United States
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  • Director
    Mark Levinson
  • Producer
    Mark Levinson, David Kaplan, Andrea Miller, Carla Solomon