Special Open House Showing Of Me & Isaac Newton Features Berkeley Lab Scientist Ashok Gadgil

Portrait of Ashok Gadgil
April 2000

Me & Isaac Newton focuses on the contributions and passion of seven scientists, and explores the roots of scientific creativity and inspiration. Produced by Jody Patton and Eileen Gregory and presented by Paul G. Allen, Me & Isaac Newton is the second feature documentary from Clear Blue Sky Productions. The film was directed by Michael Apted (the documentary 7 Up series, now at its 42 Up installment; and Incident at Oglala; as well as the feature films Coal Miner's Daughter; and Gorillas in the Mist, and the latest James Bond movie, The World Is Not Enough ).

The film has received critical acclaim at the Toronto International Film Festival, Australian International Documentary Conference and International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam and had its U.S. premiere at the Santa Barbara Film Festival. On February 12, 2000 it received the Earthwatch Award at a special screening at the National Geographic Society's Grosvenor Auditorium.

Ashok Gadgil, a Berkeley Lab environmental physicist who witnessed the devastating effects of cholera and other contagious diseases in developing nations, was inspired to find a simple, inexpensive, energy-efficient solution to the problem of purifying water. The resulting technology, UV Waterworks, won two awards in 1996, from Discover magazine for technological innovation, and from Popular Science, the "Best of What's New" award.

Please join us for this special film event, the first public Bay Area showing of Me & Isaac Newton. Learn more about Me & Isaac Newton by visiting Clear Blue Sky Productions on the Web at www.clearblueskyfilms.com

More information about Berkeley Lab's Open House is available at: http://www.lbl.gov/OpenHouse/

Berkeley Lab is a U.S. Department of Energy national laboratory located in Berkeley, California. It conducts unclassified scientific research and is managed by the University of California.

Clear Blue Sky Productions (CBSP) is the independent film production company founded by new media investor Paul G. Allen in 1997. Under the direction of president Jody Patton, CBSP originates, develops and funds creative and artistically driven films.

The company's first projects included INSPIRATIONS, a feature length documentary about creativity in the arts also directed by Michael Apted; MEN WITH GUNS, the recent feature by John Sayles; and TITUS, the first feature film by Tony award-winning director Julie Taymor, starring Anthony Hopkins, Jessica Lange, and Alan Cumming. Currently in production with co-production partner WGBH/Nova Science Unit is an eight-hour documentary series on evolution, intended for broadcast on PBS in the fall of 2001. The series will mark CBSP's first television project.