GARWIN is a feature length documentary about a scientist who shaped history. Richard Garwin helped in the design of the first successful hydrogen bomb, and has spent much of his career since working to make sure such weapons would never be needed. He has advised every president from Eisenhower to Obama. He was part of an elite group of scientists who were asked to help in crises from the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico to the Fukushima nuclear plant disaster in Japan. This vérité documentary delves into the rich and controversial life and career of Richard Garwin. Meeting renowned scientists, historians and politicians, the filmmakers accompany Dr.Garwin on his quest to build a more peaceful, verdant and sustainable world. From global warming, nuclear proliferation and disarmament to the energy crisis, Richard Garwin is committed to finding solutions to the world’s most daunting challenges.
GARWIN is the second collaboration by filmmakers Richard Breyer and Anand Kamalakar. Their first was “300 Miles to Freedom.”
Richard Breyer is co-director of documentary film and history, a joint master’s degree program offered by the Newhouse School and the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. A documentary filmmaker, his films include “Freedom’s Call,” about the civil rights movement; “North of 49,” about the Sikh community in Upstate New York; “Esta Esperanza,” about post-civil war El Salvador; “Dancing on Mother Earth,” about singer Joanne Shenandoah; “Faces in a Famine,” about the Ethiopian famine; and “300 Miles to Freedom,” about fugitive slave John W. Jones. His documentaries are distributed through PBS and Filmmakers Library.Breyer has twice been a Fulbright Scholar in India, and helped launch one of India’s prime cable companies, Sony Entertainment Television (SET).He is the author of “Making Television Programs: A Professional Approach,” has written essays and articles for NPR, Hemisphere, Marsala, Global Perspectives and The World and I.You can view excerpts from his films at his website, W&B Productions.
Anand Kamalakar is a Brooklyn-based film director, producer and editor. “The Gowanus Canal” (winner, best film, Brooklyn Film Festival), “Chief Engineer Conrad,” “Citizen Sharma,” “Building Bridges,” and “300 Miles to Freedom” are some of the films he has directed.”Heart of Stone,” a film he produced and edited, won more than ten awards, including best film at the Slamdance Film Festival, Philadelphia Film Festival and Cinequest Film Festival. It also won an award for best editing at the Santa Fe Film Festival. Kamalakar has worked as an editor for “Primetime” (ABC), “Dateline” (NBC) and “20/20” (ABC), and was the editor of the 2004 Emmy-nominated ABC special on the Iraq war titled “Brothers in Arms.” Kamalakar was also a creative consultant on the Academy Award-winning documentary “Born Into Brothels.” He edited the feature documentary “David Bromberg: Unsung Treasure,” which was shown on PBS.Kamalakar is the co-founder of the Brooklyn-based Trilok Fusion Arts, Inc. and Trilok Fusion Media. He has taught as an adjunct professor at Syracuse University and the School of Visual Arts in New York. He has also been a guest faculty at the Tisch Film School, New York University and Parsons School of Design, The New School University.
In addition to making films and listening to the blues, Anand writes a blog on the state of the world we live in.
Richard Breyer & Anand Kamalakar
Walter G. Montgomery
Editor & Camera
Brent C. Ferguson
Malcolm Hewitt Wiener Foundation
Walter G. Montgomery
Co-Founder and CEO RLM Finsbury
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Auditorium
1200 New York Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20005
Q&A with Dr. Garwin, Dr. Charles Ferguson and the filmmakers
RSVP: Please reply by April 15, 2014 by emailing
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September, 3-6, 2014
DOCUTAH Film Festival
Garwin screening times
9/3 – 7:10pm with 10 min Q&A to follow
9/6 – 1:00pm with 10 min Q&A to follow
9/10 – 1:00pm (DOCUTAH Mesquite Best of Fest)
9/11 – 6:00pm (DOCUTAH Mesquite Best of Fest)