Runtime: 80 minutes
Rating: not rated
Professor, Dept. of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy; Queen’s University
As a cheap, clean, and virtually limitless source for humankind, fusion energy has been a dream of scientists for a century. Alas, as this fascinating documentary reveals, the quest to engineer an earthbound equivalent to a power generator like our sun has been arduous and expensive. The co-founder of the Montreal documentary team EyeSteelFilm, Mila Aung-Thwin and his co-director and cinematographer Van Royko spent several years following the development of ITER, a multi-nation, multi-billion-dollar project in France that seeks to unlock the mysteries of fusion. But it remains to be seen whether the quest is endangered more by the stubborn ways of neutrons and protons, or more familiar woes like bureaucratic inertia and budget overruns.
A two-time Emmy winner, Mila Aung-Thwin was named on Playback magazine’s “Next 25” list as an emerging producer/director. He is co-founder and co-owner of EyeSteelFilm, a documentary film and interactive media company that is dedicated to bringing social and political change through cinematic expression.
Van Royko, MA, CSC, is a filmmaker and director of photography from Montreal, Quebec.He is best known for his award-winning cinematography for the feature documentaries Monsoon and Koneline.Over the course of his career, Royko has collaborated with world-renown directors and producers Yung Chang, Mila Aung-Thwin, Nettie Wild, Sturla Gunnarsson and Denys Arcand.