SANTA FE – On a Tuesday night with the Winter Olympics playing on television, 791 people turned out at Santa Fe’s Lensic Performing Arts Center to see a movie about particle physics.
“Only in Santa Fe!” exclaimed Jason Silverman, director of the Cinematheque at the Center for Contemporary Arts, who, together with the Santa Fe Institute’s Science on Screen series, helped bring the film for a showing here before its general release.
Mark Levinson, producer/director of “Particle Fever,” said it was the biggest audience so far for the movie, which has made the film festival rounds, including the New York Film Festival last October.
The documentary follows six scientists – representative of several thousand involved worldwide in the project – through the start-up of the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Switzerland. Their sometimes breathless, but always thoughtful, commentary brings human interest and drama to the process of science, with its peaks of high excitement, along with the deep patience required for a project that may take decades to come to fruition.