Announcement about The Believers Film

Here’s a heads up about an announcement that will be made later today about a new documentary film, “The Believers” produced by 137 Films. The film is about the history and current state of the cold fusion field. I am told that a new web site will be launched and an announcement about the premiere will be made.

Here’s 137 Films’ burb about the film:

The Believers begins in March of 1989, when two respected chemists from the University of Utah stand in front of a wall of reporters; flashbulbs pop as the pair — one shy, the other cracking jokes— announce a startling claim: they have solved the world’s energy problems using seawater, batteries, and the mysterious glass contraption they hold proudly in their hands. “Cold Fusion” is born. Within days, Stanley Pons and Martin Fleischmann are on the cover of Time Magazine. But in three short months, their careers are in tatters, their reputations ruined, and Cold Fusion is synonymous with “bad science.”

Twenty-two years later, despite mainstream science’s continued disdain, professional and amateur scientists, a high school whiz kid, and a Hollywood-based internet DJ are confident that Cold Fusion can still save the world, and that we are closer than ever to the Holy Grail of civilization. They’re the Believers.

Here is a trailer for the movie:

I will add more to this post as news develops.

  • rainer

    hello – Why a believer film ??. Why they dont produce 10 or 100 home units end let them work these winther at real homes . Than everybody nows that the Lenr technology is true . The home unit is only a hot water boiler . And have a safety certification for a hot water boiler can’t be so difficult . Always the same story that leonardo doesent have the certification for the home unit . That’s very bizard !!! or an excuse ???

    excuse my bad english / Rainer

    • Filip47

      Agree, absolutely frustrating, but let’s wait a(nother) few months, this is coming to an end, whether it works or not.

    • Mhh, i think it’s more difficult to get a safety certification for a “nuclear-reactor” for home-use, than a certification for industrial use (where you aren’t living in the near of the reactor).

      It’s nevertheless a nuclear reaction, or something the scientists currently don’t understand.
      So it would be difficult to grant a safety certificate if no one knows what’s going on in it.

      • expect more few years.
        normally an innovation takes 5 years to get on the market…
        Rossi started in 2010-2011, Defkalion mid-2011…

        they all have problems

        • Max S

          What makes you think they only started in 2010 ?
          actually Rossi started much earlier. His patent is from 2008 (in which he claims that EON is already operating a working device since 2007), and this was probably after years of R&D work.
          But never mind, the point is right. Innovations take time to market.

          • Hampus

            Rossi said that he got his real discovery in 2006, that’s when he saw his ecat produce enormous of extra heat. He then got focardi involved. That makes it six years in the making, they have a product that they are selling and we will soon see the plant in northern Italy functional.

          • thanks for the precisions…
            However in 2006 it seems more research, like the one Celani and Focardi have published.

            But ok, he can reach market soon , assuming he behave professionally… Not so sure , but who knows with him… He seems to be a good poker player, the kind you never know if he have a pair of 7 , or four aces.

          • Pachu

            PREMIERES OCT 16 at chicago intl. film fest

            October 16, 8PM and October 20, 2pm
            Chicago International Film Festival
            AMC River East 21
            322 E. Illinois, St
            Chicago, IL 60610

            http://thebelieversmovie.businesscatalyst.com/premiere.html

      • Ivan_cev

        You do not need certification to have a prototype demo running continuously, what disturbs me is the absence of testimonies from licensees about the technology.
        Any new device will have to be tested by the manufacturer continuously, and under stress condition, to find out if actually will fulfill the guarantee period.

        I do not belive people are skeptic, they just have not been shown a convincing reasonable prove.

        Lets hope this film helps to show positive arguments towards the advancement of LENR.

      • A big problem for Rossi is that as soon as he installs a domestic E-Cat, all the COPY CATS will rush in to see how it works/secret catalist. Then someone could rapidly produce a clone and try to compete with the E-Cats? Would Rossi be able to recover his investments or have the money to continue developing and mass producing his reactors. jdh

    • Because research and industrialization takes years, and some inventors and businessmen love to make early announce that they are the best…

      since the beginning the error have been to say that cold fusion, was an easy energy…

      it was the most complex calorimetry of that time, and it is hard to control phenomenon…
      This is why when less competent team tried to repeat the experiment it failed often. also because F&P have hidden some details, that some team did not ask details, that some where not patient enough, not funded enough, not honest enough, not lucky…

      anyway unlike hot fusion it is feasible in a decade with group work… it took 15years to have good results, and 10 more probably to make it industrial (2-3 years remains)… quite slow because it was blocked.
      Hopefuly speed is not proportional to funding.

    • Barry

      Hi Rainer, some are working on production while others are spreading awareness (like Frank). Awareness had been suppressed before. With the net, hopefully it will not happen again.

      I look forward to the whole film. Looks great.

  • georgehants

    News in Science
    New record for turning heat into power
    Thursday, 20 September 2012
    AFP
    Thermoelectric material made from lead telluride (PbTe)
    The researchers believe this increases the prospect of recovering high-temperature waste and turning it into useful energy (Source:
    Scientists in the United States have developed a material that beats the record for converting waste heat into power – something they hope will be incorporated into clean energy investment.
    Described by an independent commentator as “a giant leap”, the material achieves the highest efficiency ever for scavenging heat from a source and transforming it into power, its inventors say.
    http://www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2012/09/20/3594573.htm

    • daniel maris

      It seems from the trailer reasonably well balanced.

      • admin

        People I recognize on the trailer: Ed Storms, Chase Peterson (U of U President in 1989), Michael McKubre, James Martines (cash flow radio)

    • Ivan_cev

      15 to 20% efficiency, is good they walking in the right direction.

  • The tenor of the trailer doesn’t make me optimistic this is going to be a positive portrayal of CF/LENR. I wonder if they have visited Peter Hagelstein, seen the Athanor, or made the acquaintance of Andrea Rossi and Robert Godes and Randall Mills? Something tells me they didn’t. I wonder if they know the first cold fusion patent has been granted to Prof. George Miley? Or that the President’s recent Executive Order makes cold fusion an issue for current industrial development? A film that started shooting two years ago probably misses all this. I thought the title was fine, although I believe they will change it (I’m a believer!).

    • Barry

      Everybody’s a critic.

  • Sergio

    Every documentary to date that included some kind of “high school whiz kid” has been horrible and unwatchable. From the trailer this looks good, but I hope that the hs whiz kid part is not cringed to death.

  • Pachu

    Just remember it would be [very] old news for the people following on daily basis the field.

    Could help to bring attention to the field.

  • Hank Mills

    The term “believers” is one that cynics have used to mock cold fusion researchers and supporters for decades. It is repugnant, and offensive. We do not believe in cold fusion in any sort of faith based way, but know that it is real due to the huge ammount of evidence that exists. For this reason alone, I will not watch the film.

    • Pachu

      Hank, the title is never a reason to not watch the movie, you are too extremist and fanatic.

      Maybe it helps you to hold on your excitment on things and wait for second impressions.

      • freethinker

        But he is right. If you are not into this and view this trailer, that title will define the initial expectations you have.

    • T Lee Buyea -Fla. News Service

      Forget about believing or i have an electric Delorian to sell you, Give us PROOF OF PERFORMANCE! !!

    • Barry

      Come on Hank, you’re getting hung up on one word. This film could spread awareness on it’s way to the tipping point. “Believer” is a positive word that needs projection in order to be made negative. When CF is reproducibly proven, the idea of being a “believer” will shift in a “oh, they were right after all” type of way.

      Besides you’re a fellow film producer yourself- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uX0vcU4iedQ&feature=plcp

    • edog

      No worries Hank.. I will watch it for you and then write you up a thorough comprehensive film review ! 🙂

    • Farlie Paynter

      Some wise people have said that Believing is Seeing, not the other way around, I feel the former is closer to being correct.

  • daniel maris

    Alternative titles:

    The Fusion Feud

    The Science That Dares Not Speak Its Name

    Scam or Science?

    • vbasic

      I like your alternative titles especially the second one. I hate the producers title. It implies people researching the science are cultists. I’m not even sure this will be a good documentary. It seems to rehash all the old news we already know. With speedy modern filmmaking techniques, there is no excuse for excluding all the latest news that has occurred this year.

    • Sanjeev

      “Galileo 2012”

  • georgehants

    As always there seem to be a couple of people on page afflicted with a condition a little like, Tourette syndrome.
    Every so often they become overwhelmed with the necessity, like a nervous tick, to shout —Show us the proof — or — I don’t believe it, etc. —
    Very sad, but we must allow that they cannot help doing this and sympathy and tolerance must be shown.
    Medical science may appreciate a few suggestions for naming this disability.
    My suggestion would be —- maryyugo’s folly —

  • Gerrit

    I do not think the title is a bad choice at all.

    First of all the film is not made for us, but for an audience that has been led to _believe_ that cold fusion is crackpot and that the people involved in cold fusion are looneys. If you want to have people come to the cinema and sit down to listen to your story, you have to pick it up from where they are not from where you are. The title fits that purpose and I think the film will be very educative for most of its viewers.

    I also think that “belief” has more meanings than the negative “belief devoid from any facts”. Belief can also indicate good things like: hope, faith, resilience, confidence.

    You can believe in a world that will wake up and look at the facts without prejudice. You can believe in a future of energy abundance, prosperity, world peace.

    We know beyond reasonable doubt that the anomalous heat effect is a reality and we believe it will change the world.

    Hopefully this film will cause a lot of new people to start searching about the truth of the cold fusion story. It would be helpful if we can work out a nice explanation for them.

    I have compiled a list of “common misunderstandings” on the LENRwiki

    http://lenrwiki.eu/index.php?title=Cold_fusion

    Kindly have a look and improve, thanks.

    • georgehants

      Gerrit, +1 thank you.

    • Thanks,

      if that wiki can grow, it will be good.

    • I also started a german blog with some basic knowlegdes in it.

      In germany the topic “cold fusion” is very despised, because of the disinformation the mass media spread over the last 20 years.

      The most german websites which reports positive about LENR aka “cold fusion” are either unprofessional and unserious, or spread old, incomplete or wrong informations which feeds the german hardcore sceptics.

      So I decided to start a own website, with serious, objective basic informations, news, and hints where you can get more detailed scientifically informations.

      Maybe you want to take a look at it:
      http://www.low-energy.tk/blog/

      And here a short intro into “cold fusion” or “LENR”:
      http://www.low-energy.tk/blog/?page_id=45

  • timycelyn

    Been out of touch for a few days and saw the following on Rossi’s blog from the 19th:

    Dear Steven N. Karels:
    Better focus on electric power production, now. The tests with the Hot Cato are going on very, very well. The day after tomorrow the Hot Cat will have a very important measurement, with a new system. If things will go well, an important step forward will have been done.
    Warm Regards,
    A.R.

    I think it was picked up at the time and posted here, but I thought I’d do some medium wild speculation as to what this refers to (it is happening today if I have counted the days right).

    My guess is that this is spinning up a turbine / genset with hot cats. Would take a bank of around 10 minimum, I suppose, to spin the smallest turbine that Siemens have. 30-50kw electricity output??

    • Andrew Macleod

      Testing the quality of steam maybe?

    • artefact

      Rossi said something about using a variac for energy input for better measurement.
      Hopefully the Swedish testing group who had problems testing the hotcat makes the test again.

      • Peter_Roe

        Cures’ comments linked by Georgehants (8:17am) talk about the various harmonics introduced by the triac ‘dimmer’ circuit they use for power control, and hint at the difficulties these introduce into power measurement. A variac is just a variable transformer, so this difficulty should be eliminated, providing the e-cat performs with plain sine wave input. A simpler solution might be just to measure AC power flow ‘upstream’ of the hot cat control system – I’m not sure why that isn’t standard procedure anyway, to eliminate any problems with the device’s power supply.

        I smell politics in the Swedes’ negative reactions, not unconnected with the removal (via promotion) of Mats Lewan from Ny Teknik magazine, and will be rather surprised if they agree to a re-test (but if they do, further ‘difficulties’ will probably arise in any case).

        • Omega Z

          Peter

          Quite sometime ago, Krivity Posted an article that discussed a fairly successful net campaign against the AP & Ny Tek magazine of anything Rossi.

          Just to add, When Questioned about outside interference Rossi’s usual answer is -No more then to be expected with any new technology. For the Average Lay person this may come across as a trivial issue. No big deal.

          A Statement from Cures.
          One day far away, when the waters have calmed down and the situation allows, I will write an article or a book on the matter. (“The reality exceeds imagination really.”)
          James Bond and Indiana Jones I do not care.

          We see the battles daily between Apple/Samsung & others In established markets. What happens behind the scenes with Rossi & most likely others would probably shock most. We can only try to imagine the daily threats & such that Rossi faces every day.

          I have to assume that some of Rossi’s proposals of continued use of Electric & NG & Using the E-cat as a supplemental/enhancement energy is to appease/mitigate some of these threats.

          Also, as it will take a couple decades for this technology to fully penetrate the market, it’s a reasonable coarse of action to take rather then a full frontal attack against the Old Establishment. A coarse that could/would turn threats into physical reactions.

          • Peter_Roe

            “I have to assume that some of Rossi’s proposals of continued use of Electric & NG & Using the E-cat as a supplemental/enhancement energy is to appease/mitigate some of these threats.”

            Yes that’s what I think too, but I doubt he is believed. A better idea might be for him to push the huge savings in costs to industry sectors that burn fossil fuels, in order to try to divide the opposition and have them fight one another, rather than Rossi.

          • RGCheek

            “Also, as it will take a couple decades for this technology to fully penetrate the market…”

            Why?

            How long did it take the iphone to penetrate the market? Now it seems almost everyone has one except troglodite like me who refuse the electronic tether to the rest of society.

            Do you mean by ‘full’ that 100% of everybody will have some kind of ecat?

            I dont see why 80% penetration of the market isnt ‘good enough’ to count as truly disruptive to the established energy order.

            I hope everyone here realizes that the US dollar is basically backed by oil, in that the Saudis and most oil producers only accept USD for purchase.

            This makes the USD the world reserve currency and the ecat is poised to strike a deadly blow to this system.

            Think on that for a while.