Filmmakers Wil Cashen and Carole Bourgeois say inventor and genius Nikola Tesla's name has been erased from history, and they aim to change that with their docudrama, Electricity: The Story and Life of Nikola Tesla. It's currently in production, and is also a Kickstarter project that's looking for crowdsourced funding to complete the project.
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There's less than 24 hours left until Electricity hits its Kickstarter deadline (Sunday, Sept. 9, 10:43 A.M. ET) and the production is about $10,000 short of its $35,000 goal.
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Who was Nikola Tesla (1856 - 1943), anyway? "He is simply the greatest inventor who ever lived," filmmaker Carole Bourgeois told Mashable. "Electricity is his story and the ultimate epic American story: an immigrant finding his inspiration in this country, youth against the establishment, good against evil."
Tesla's most famous invention -- one that you use every day -- was alternating current (A/C), which makes it possible to send electricity over long distances. But that's just the beginning of the astonishing list of innovations and inventions created by Nikola Tesla. The true inventor of radio, x-rays, radar, remote control and wireless charging was edged out of widespread fame during his lifetime, many say by greedy businessmen who were better at selling than inventing.
Tesla is often compared with Thomas Edison, so we asked Carole Bourgeois what she thinks Edison would have thought of her project. "Despite his famous 'American sense of humor,' he would hate it," she said. "He hated Tesla and ended up taking credit for all his work, so he certainly wouldn't be happy with some measure of the immense credit Tesla deserves being restored right now, through our work and the work of others."
The production team has already completed much of the movie, a labor of love that would have cost at least $300,000 if the filmmakers hadn't been able to ask friends and Tesla enthusiasts for financial help. According to Carole Bourgeois, "We've already started production, but no target date for release or distribution has been set. We've got to get it funded with everyone's help first, and then it also depends on who might be interested in releasing and distributing it."
Now the bills have come due, and the filmmakers need to wrap up the production and pay back those who helped finance it.
Do you think this is a worthy project, bringing to light all of the inventions and innovations pioneered by Nikola Tesla? Will it be able to change history?
This story originally published on Mashable here.
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