Twenty years ago they said they could save the world.

Some people still believe them.

"A remarkable film documenting the Greek tragedy that is the Cold Fusion story."

-- Adam Frank, About Time

The Believers begins in March of 1989, when two respected chemists from the University of Utah stand in front of a wall of reporters; flashbulbs pop as the pair --- one shy, the other cracking jokes--- announce a startling claim: they have solved the world’s energy problems using seawater, batteries, and the mysterious glass contraption they hold proudly in their hands. “Cold Fusion” is born. Within days, Stanley Pons and Martin Fleischmann are on the cover of Time Magazine. But in three short months, their careers are in tatters, their reputations ruined, and Cold Fusion is synonymous with "bad science." Twenty-two years later, despite mainstream science's continued disdain, professional and amateur scientists, a high school whiz kid, and a Hollywood-based internet DJ are confident that Cold Fusion can still save the world, and that we are closer than ever to the Holy Grail of civilization. They're the Believers. ﷯


"Affecting on a human level ... fascinating for its glimpses of academic knife-fighting and utopian zeal."

-- J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader

"Chicagoans Clayton Brown and Monica Long Ross once again prove up to the challenge of 'storifying' science with The Believers."

-- Alison Cuddy, WBEZ

"... tightly constructed cinematic argument with strong characters."


"Energetic ... entertaining ... effective and bittersweet ... smartly cut together."

-- Lisa Nesselson, SCREEN DAILY

"As thought-provoking a documentary as they come."


A 137 FILMS PRODUCTION  The Believers

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