The Hedy Lamarr Story

“Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story is a new documentary from writer-director Alexandra Dean that fascinates with its biographical zigs and zags…” -- Ty Burr BOSTON GLOBE


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6:00pm: Reception with complimentary wine, beer, and cheese
7:00pm: Film Screening

After the film screens, there will be a panel discussion with Gerald Peary and Amy Geller.

Also joining us will be Bombshell director, Alexandra Dean. 

Gerald Peary is the director-writer of two acclaimed feature documentaries, FOR THE LOVE OF MOVIES: THE STORY OF AMERICAN FILM CRITICISM (2009) and ARCHIE’S BETTY (2015), both of which played at film festivals, museums, universities, and were televised on the Documentary Channel and WGBH-Boston respectively. He was a film studies professor at Suffolk University, a long-time film critic for THE BOSTON PHOENIX and acted in the 2013 feature film, COMPUTER CHESS, which premiered at Sundance. Currently, he writes reviews for the website, THE ARTS FUSE and is the programmer of the Boston University Cinematheque. He is the author of eight books on cinema, including co-editing the pioneering “Women in Cinema: A Critical Anthology."

Amy Geller is a long-time producer whose credits include: PBS/BBC broadcast docudrama MURDER AT HARVARD(2003), the Sundance Institute-supported narrative STAY UNTIL TOMORROW (2005), THE WAR THAT MADE AMERICA (2006), a four-hour PBS mini-series, and FOR THE LOVE OF MOVIES: THE STORY OF AMERICAN FILM CRITICISM (2009), which was broadcast in the US and abroad. Geller served as the president of Women in Film & Video New England and the Artistic Director of the Boston Jewish Film Festival, where she received a young Jewish leadership award. Her feature-length directorial debut THE GUYS NEXT DOOR, co-directed by Allie Humenuk, was released in 2016 and has been winning jury prizes and audience awards at film festivals across the country.

The husband and wife team’s current project THE RABBI GOES WEST is in production and will be released in 2019.



Hollywood star Hedy Lamarr (ZIEGFELD GIRL, SAMSON AND DELILAH) was known as the world's most beautiful woman – Snow White and Cat Woman were both based on her iconic look. However, her arresting looks and glamorous life stood in the way of her being given the credit she deserved as an ingenious inventor whose pioneering work helped revolutionize modern communication.

Mislabeled as “just another pretty face,” Hedy’s true legacy is that of a technological trailblazer. She was an Austrian Jewish emigre who invented a covert communication system to try and help defeat the Nazis, then gave her patent to the Navy, but was ignored and told to sell kisses for war bonds instead. It was only towards the very end of her life that tech pioneers discovered her concept which is now used as the basis for secure WiFi, GPS and Bluetooth. Hedy never publicly talked about her life as an inventor and so her family thought her story died when she did. But in 2016, director Alexandra Dean and producer Adam Haggiag unearthed four never-before-heard audio tapes of Hedy speaking on the record about her incredible life.

Combining this newly discovered interview with intimate reflections from her children, closest friends, family and admirers, including Mel Brooks and Robert Osborne, BOMBSHELL (executive produced by Susan Sarandon, Michael Kantor and Regina Scully) finally gives Hedy Lamarr the chance to tell her own story.

Official Selection 2017 

Nantucket Film Festival

San Francisco Jewish Film Festival

Middlebury, VT Film Festival

Presented by Newburyport Documentary Film Festival


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