Experimenter

Experimenter

Sloan Foundation Film

Release Date

2015

Director

  • Michael Almereyda

Cast

  • John Palladino
  • Jim Gaffigan
  • Peter Sarsgaard
  • Winona Ryder

Awards

  • Sundance Institute/Sloan Lab Fellowship, 2008
  • Tribeca Film Institute/Sloan Filmmaker Fund Production Award, 2009
  • Film Independent/Sloan Producers Grant, 2015

In 1961, famed social psychologist Stanley Milgram conducted a series of radical behavior experiments that tested ordinary humans willingness to obey authority.

Based on a true story, the film follows famed social psychologist Stanley Milgram (Peter Sarsgaard), who in 1961 conducted a series of radical behavior experiments that tested ordinary humans' willingness to obey by using electric shock. The story traces Milgram's life, from meeting his wife Sasha (Winona Ryder) through his controversial experiments that sparked public outcry.

Possible Topics

  • Obedience research

Past Programs

2017

The Nature of Evil

Cinema Arts Centre, Huntington, NY