The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley

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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.


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YEAR 2018

CATEGORY Documentary Premieres

COUNTRY U.S.A.

RUN TIME 119 min

COMPANY Jigsaw Productions

WEBSITE https://jigsawprods.com

EMAIL erin.edeiken@gmail.com

PHONE (212) 352-3010

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Alex Gibney

Alex Gibney “is becoming the most important documentarian of our time” (Esquire magazine). His previous work includes Taxi to the Dark Side, winner of the 2007 Academy Award for best documentary, and the Emmy-winning Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief (2015). His latest films include No Stone Unturned, which premiered at the New York Film Festival in September of 2017 and aired on HBO's Rolling Stone: Stories from the Edge (2017).