Bombshell

Mar 20

2019

Film Streams Omaha, NE

moderated by

Margertha McLean Artis

Owner and Executive Director, Smart Start Learning Center

with

Sandi K. Barr

Senior Software Engineer, PRI/PRX

and

Martha-Edith Hernandez

CEO, Startup Life Coach LLC

and

Loleta M. Robinson

Founder & CEO, Fortis Industries

Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story— (Where are the) Women in technology

Margertha McLean Artis, owner and executive director of Smart Start Learning Center, moderates a discussion on women in technology. Presented in collaboration with Mystery Code Society, which champions gender equity in tech through "HTMelle" training for women, femmes, and non-men of all ages. Part of the 2019 National Week of Science on Screen.

Film Streams Omaha, NE

Film Synopsis

This documentary reveals the Hedy Lamarr hidden behind the famously beautiful Hollywood star's glamorous image: a technological trailblazer whose inventions form the basis of modern WiFi, GPS, and Bluetooth systems.

Startlet. Screen Siren. The Most Beautiful Woman in the World. All phrases used to describe 1940’s Hollywood actress Hedy Lamarr. Alexandra Dean’s illuminating documentary adds Inventor to the list. Known for her matchless beauty and electric screen persona, Lamarr’s legion of fans never knew she possessed such a beautiful mind. An Austrian Jewish émigré who acted by day and drew mechanical and electronic inventions by night, Lamarr came up with a “secret communication system” to help the Allies to beat the Nazis. Weaving in Lamarr’s own voice from archival recordings, Dean reveals how Lamarr gave her patent to the Navy, received no credit for her contributions, and wound up impoverished in her latter years. Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story is a film for lovers of history, Hollywood, and science. 
-Tribeca Film Festival