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The Making of Tesla

With Filmmaker Michael Almereyda and Kyle MacLachlan

Evening Members-Only Program

Monday, August 24, 2020 - 6:45 p.m. ET
Code: 1L0348

Ethan Hawke as Nikola Tesla in Michael Almereyda’s "TESLA" (Photo: Courtesy of IFC Films)

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  • This program is part of our Smithsonian Associates Streaming series.
  • Platform: Zoom
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The new film Tesla is a freewheeling take on the career of visionary inventor Nikola Tesla (played by Ethan Hawke), his interactions with Thomas Edison, George Westinghouse, and J.P. Morgan's daughter Anne, and his frustrations and breakthroughs in transmitting electrical power and light. Anne analyzes and presents the story as it unfolds, offering a modern voice to this offbeat scientific period drama.

Join award-winning filmmaker Michael Almereyda (Marjorie Prime, Experimenter), who wrote, directed, and produced Tesla, and Kyle MacLachlan, who plays Thomas Edison, as they discuss their experiences in making a biographical film that—like its subject—is highly unconventional.

Note: A screening of the film is not part of the virtual event. You can view Tesla on demand beginning August 21; find information on how to stream it here.

View the trailer for Tesla.


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This program is part of our
Smithsonian Associates Streaming series.