Press Release - Summer 2017

 

McMinnville, OR 8/7/17 -- Wednesday, August 9th marks the 72nd anniversary of the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki, Japan ending the most devastating war in human history. A new biographical documentary features the experimental scientist that assembled the world's first atomic bombs and would later be chosen to lead the American effort to build a nuclear rocket engine capable of taking humans to the far reaches of the solar system.

 

Atomic Memories presents: “The Half-Life of Genius: Physicist Raemer Schreiber” premiering at the “History Film Festival”, September 6-9 2017, in beautiful Rijeka, Croatia.

 

Dr. Schreiber was chosen as one of Oppenheimer's assemblage of a bright group of scientists during the Manhattan Project and would contribute alongside some of the greatest minds in physics. He was entrusted to carry the Plutonium Core to Tinian Island, which after he assembled it, would become the atomic bomb known to history as “Fatman”.

 

We explore early research with interviews featuring Richard Rhodes, author of the Pulitzer Prize winning - “The Making of the Atomic Bomb” and author Roger Meade co-author of - “Critical Assembly: A Technical History of the Los Alamos during the Oppenheimer years, 1943-1945”.

 

Both historians offer an authentic look at Schreiber the scientist and the race against time to harness the power locked within the atom. Along with expert insight, Schreiber's daughter and grandson offer details on the place and personalities that made the post-war lab a leader in innovation at a record breaking pace.

 

In the mid-50s, he was chosen by Norris Bradbury to head up the newly created “Project ROVER” that was charged with creating a nuclear engine to propel large payloads to Mars and beyond. Nuclear physicist, historian and experimenter Carl Willis and Physicist and Science Advocate Taylor Wilson discuss the future of nuclear space propulsion and Schreiber's early contribution in "reaching for the stars".

 

Filmmakers John Webb and Jared Brandon-Flande take an often misunderstood and revised point in history, add clarity and expert commentary from those that know the era and the man. Traveling miles across the Western United States, experienced many early mornings, sleepless nights, and other challenges to tell the story of Dr. Schreiber’s incredible life and times. Featuring family insights, artifacts, photos and audio recordings not seen or heard outside of family for decades.

 

Interviewees:

 

Dr. Raemer Schreiber

Experimental Nuclear Physicist

(archive audio)

 

Marge Schreiber

Wife of Dr. Raemer Schreiber

(archive video)

 

Richard Rhodes

Pulitzer Prize Winning Author / Historian

 

Roger Meade

Author / Historian Emeritus Los Alamos National Laboratory

 

Carl Willis

Nuclear Engineer

 

Taylor Wilson

Phycisist / Science Advocate

 

Jake Hecla

Nuclear Engineer

 

Ben Saunders

Family

 

Sara Schreiber

Family

 

Janet Lee Redmond

Family

 

Jennifer Redmond-Noble

Family

 

 

Filming Locations:

 

McMinnville, OR, Portland, OR, Richland, WA

Los Alamos, NM, San Francisco, CA,  Denver, CO

 

 

Production:

 

Produced by

Atomic Memories

 

A film by

John Webb & Jared Brandon-Flande

 

Executive Producers

John Webb

Janet Lee Redmond

Jennifer Redmond-Noble

 

Producer/Co-Director/Editor

John Webb

 

Producer/Writer

Sara Schreiber

 

Producer

Ben Saunders

 

Co-Director/Director of Photography

Jared Brandon-Flande

 

Associate Producers

Jared Brandon-Flande

Patti Church

Kurt Harms

 

Titles and Effects

John Webb

 

Post-Production

Atomic Memories

 

Online Editing

Christopher J Stephens

John Webb

 

Camera

Jared Brandon-Flande

John Webb

 

Behind Scenes & Production Services

Starstruck Creations, LLC.

 

Production Manager

Patti Church

 

Grip/Local Fixer

Carl Laux

 

Legal

Bart Day

 

Promotion

Atomic Memories

 

Production Services

7Land Entertainment

Starstruck Creations

 

Post-Production Services

Atomic Memories

Houghton Media

 

Craft Services

Prairie Child Catering

 

20's Raemer Schreiber

Adam Mendenhall

 

Music By

DeWolfe

 

Thanks

Lauren Cacace

DeWolfe Music

 

Special Thanks

John Bass

Paul Block

Robert Stone

Alan Carr

Kirk Christensen

Rebecca Collinsworth

John Coster-Mullen

Linda Deck

Martha DeMarre

William Fornes

Colleen French

Ethan Froggett

Edward Geist

Kurt Harms

Andrew Hirsch

Mark Holman

John Hopkins

William Jette

Jesse Johns

Chuck Kadell

Hank Kosmata

Carl Laux

Frederic Le Gall

Richard Malenfant

Louie McKee

John Michael-Kuchinsky

Alexander Mikhalchenko

Helen Miller

Los Alamos Historical Society

Bradbury Museum

B-Reactor Association

 

Archival Footage / Stills (partial)

Los Alamos National Labratory

Los Alamos Historical Society

The Schreiber Collection

The Saunders Collection

NARA

Critical Past

DV Archive

The Webb WWII Collection

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Alexander Mikhalchenko

 

Year – 2017

Genre – Biographical Documentary (biodoc)

IMDb - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4870510

Language – English (with Closed Captions)

Formats: DCI 2K / 23.98

 

Made with

Adobe Creative Cloud

Izotope RX6

NeatLabs Noise Reduction

Information

 

McMinnville, OR 8/7/17 -- Wednesday, August 9th marks the 72nd anniversary of the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki, Japan ending the most devastating war in human history. A new biographical documentary features the experimental scientist that assembled the world's first atomic bombs and would later be chosen to lead the American effort to build a nuclear rocket engine capable of taking humans to the far reaches of the solar system.

 

Atomic Memories presents: “The Half-Life of Genius: Physicist Raemer Schreiber” premiering at the “History Film Festival”, September 6-9 2017, in beautiful Rijeka, Croatia.

 

Dr. Schreiber was chosen as one of Oppenheimer's assemblage of a bright group of scientists during the Manhattan Project and would contribute alongside some of the greatest minds in physics. He was entrusted to carry the Plutonium Core to Tinian Island, which after he assembled it, would become the atomic bomb known to history as “Fatman”.

 

We explore early research with interviews featuring Richard Rhodes, author of the Pulitzer Prize winning - “The Making of the Atomic Bomb” and author Roger Meade co-author of - “Critical Assembly: A Technical History of the Los Alamos during the Oppenheimer years, 1943-1945”.

 

Both historians offer an authentic look at Schreiber the scientist and the race against time to harness the power locked within the atom. Along with expert insight, Schreiber's daughter and grandson offer details on the place and personalities that made the post-war lab a leader in innovation at a record breaking pace.

 

In the mid-50s, he was chosen by Norris Bradbury to head up the newly created “Project ROVER” that was charged with creating a nuclear engine to propel large payloads to Mars and beyond. Nuclear physicist, historian and experimenter Carl Willis and Physicist and Science Advocate Taylor Wilson discuss the future of nuclear space propulsion and Schreiber's early contribution in "reaching for the stars".

 

Filmmakers John Webb and Jared Brandon-Flande take an often misunderstood and revised point in history, add clarity and expert commentary from those that know the era and the man. Traveling miles across the Western United States, experienced many early mornings, sleepless nights, and other challenges to tell the story of Dr. Schreiber’s incredible life and times. Featuring family insights, artifacts, photos and audio recordings not seen or heard outside of family for decades.

 

Information

 

McMinnville, OR 8/7/17 -- Wednesday, August 9th marks the 72nd anniversary of the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki, Japan ending the most devastating war in human history. A new biographical documentary features the experimental scientist that assembled the world's first atomic bombs and would later be chosen to lead the American effort to build a nuclear rocket engine capable of taking humans to the far reaches of the solar system.

 

Atomic Memories presents: “The Half-Life of Genius: Physicist Raemer Schreiber” premiering at the “History Film Festival”, September 6-9 2017, in beautiful Rijeka, Croatia.

 

Dr. Schreiber was chosen as one of Oppenheimer's assemblage of a bright group of scientists during the Manhattan Project and would contribute alongside some of the greatest minds in physics. He was entrusted to carry the Plutonium Core to Tinian Island, which after he assembled it, would become the atomic bomb known to history as “Fatman”.

 

We explore early research with interviews featuring Richard Rhodes, author of the Pulitzer Prize winning - “The Making of the Atomic Bomb” and author Roger Meade co-author of - “Critical Assembly: A Technical History of the Los Alamos during the Oppenheimer years, 1943-1945”.

 

Both historians offer an authentic look at Schreiber the scientist and the race against time to harness the power locked within the atom. Along with expert insight, Schreiber's daughter and grandson offer details on the place and personalities that made the post-war lab a leader in innovation at a record breaking pace.

 

In the mid-50s, he was chosen by Norris Bradbury to head up the newly created “Project ROVER” that was charged with creating a nuclear engine to propel large payloads to Mars and beyond. Nuclear physicist, historian and experimenter Carl Willis and Physicist and Science Advocate Taylor Wilson discuss the future of nuclear space propulsion and Schreiber's early contribution in "reaching for the stars".

 

Filmmakers John Webb and Jared Brandon-Flande take an often misunderstood and revised point in history, add clarity and expert commentary from those that know the era and the man. Traveling miles across the Western United States, experienced many early mornings, sleepless nights, and other challenges to tell the story of Dr. Schreiber’s incredible life and times. Featuring family insights, artifacts, photos and audio recordings not seen or heard outside of family for decades.