SlingShot Documentary Premiere & Discussion Aug. 7-13

The inspiring documentary film SlingShot will premiere at 7:30 p.m. Friday Aug. 7, at the Center for Contemporary Arts (CCA) in Santa Fe.
SlingShot features Dean Kamen, quirky iconclast and inventor, who has been called the Thomas Edison of our time. This film follows Kamen, who created several innovative products and medical devices that help people in need and ease suffering, in his newest endeavor to solve the world’s clean water crisis with a purification device called SlingShot.
This moving story is sure to engage audiences young and old. (
The film, directed by Paul Lazarus, is winner of multiple awards, including New Hampshire Film Festival: Best Feature Documentary, Boston Film Festival: EcoFilm Award and Best Director, and Florida Film Festival: Grand Jury Prize and Audience Favorite Award.
Film runs through Aug. 13 at CCA. General admission: $10 (Seniors: $8.50; Members: $8; Senior or Student Members & Children: $7). Information and online ticket purchase:
Clip about the lack of value of inventors, scientists and engineers in our culture:
Dean Kamen is also founder of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science Technology), a nonprofit that hosts youth programs and problem-solving competitions to inspire students to create opportunities and solutions to complex problems through science, engineering and technology.
Film director Paul Lazarus will be in attendance Friday Aug. 7, at CCA, and after the screening will facilitate a discussion around the importance of education and opportunities that support the need for scientists, entrepreneurs, critical thinkers and dreamers to make a positive difference in the world.
Guest speakers will further examine the role of nonprofits and schools in building pathways between innovations in learning and career readiness in New Mexico
communities within the context of two national laboratories and large corporations like Intel.
Panelists include Lee Zlotoff, creator of the MacGyver character and TV series and founder of the The MacGyver Foundation, and Jenny Parks, CEO of the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Foundation.
MacGyver is a name synonymous with innovation, ingenuity and the ability to solve complex problems using only the resources at hand, particularly in the face of a crisis.
The MacGyver Foundation aims to encourage and support individuals and organizations throughout the world to utilize self-reliance, non-violence and sustainability to improve people’s lives. (
Lazarus will also be available at the 7:30 p.m. showings for questions and answers, Saturday and Sunday, Aug 8-9.
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