Elizabeth Holmes arrived in Silicon Valley with a revolutionary medical invention. She called it “the Edison”: a small, hyper-sophisticated black box that performed 200 tests in minutes, all from a single drop of blood. Needles, laboratories, and the select few companies that controlled them would become instantly obsolete. Like Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs, and Thomas Edison himself, Holmes intended to tear down and revolutionize an entire industry.
The hitch? All of it was a lie. The system was a hoax. And what began as one of 2014’s hottest tech companies—valued at nine billion dollars—dissolved into a fraudulent, bankrupt scheme that exposed Silicon Valley’s underbelly.
The Inventor investigates how Holmes deceived backers as influential as Henry Kissinger and James Mattis, but it also reveals the long-standing American practice of scientific fakery and performance: numerous inventors (including Edison himself) have publicly proclaimed breakthroughs before they actually invented what they boasted about. Master filmmaker Alex Gibney boldly takes on the great myths surrounding America’s entrepreneurial elites at a time when tech titans have never looked so vulnerable to their own hubris.
SPECIAL FREE SCREENING: As our way of saying thank you for supporting independent storytellers we are offering a free screening of this film on Saturday, January 26, 11:45 p.m. at Park Avenue Theatre. To get tickets join the eWaitlist online or on the Festival app two hours before film start time.
CATEGORY Documentary Premieres
RUN TIME 119 min
COMPANY Jigsaw Productions
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