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SlingShot (2014)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Biography, News | 10 July 2015 (USA)
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SlingShot focuses on noted Segway inventor Dean Kamen and his work to solve the world's water crisis. An eccentric genius with a provocative world view, Kamen is an inspiration for future ... See full summary »


Paul Lazarus


Dean Kamen
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SlingShot focuses on noted Segway inventor Dean Kamen and his work to solve the world's water crisis. An eccentric genius with a provocative world view, Kamen is an inspiration for future scientists. His inventions help people in need and ease suffering. SlingShot is about an indomitable man who just might have enough passion and innovative thinking to create a solution for a crisis affecting billions. Kamen lives in a house with secret passages, a closet full of denim and a helicopter garage. His latest passion: the SlingShot water purification system created to obliterate half of human illness on the planet. Kamen reminisces about improving home dialysis technology and choosing to forgo parenthood while lamenting he has only one lifetime for inventing. SlingShot is both an inspirational character study and a look at Kamen's vapor compression distiller from its earliest development through recent trials in rural Ghana and beyond. Written by Anonymous

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During the movie, Dean Kamen joked that he should be credited as the "official clapper." The final scene in the movie alludes to this with a sequence of Dean Kamen clapping and the credits do in fact list Kamen as "Clapper." See more »

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Incredible story of the man behind Segway who's solving the world's water problems
15 March 2014 | by steven-leibsonSee all my reviews

We just saw this documentary movie tonight at Cinequest in San Jose, CA. It was finished just three days ago. The subject is Dean Kamen, a genius inventor. The man behind Segway. The man behind the FIRST Robotics Competition that's making science, technology, math, and engineering into a sport so that kids are sucked in body and soul. The man who has spent nearly two decades developing a machine to purify water in the toughest locales on the planet. That guy.

This in-depth look at Kamen the man is inspiring. This is a man who likes to solve problems, so much that he's dedicating every waking moment to solving these problems. He's part Tom Swift. A small part Howard Roarke. A big part humanitarian. No matter what he's doing, Kaman's trying to help people live better lives either through medical equipment, truly assistive wheelchairs, or clean water.

These days, Kamen's a man on a mission. Several missions in fact. This documentary walks you through them. The filmmaker, Paul Lazarus, would like every middle school and high school student to see this film. Why? Because it's inspiring. Kamen's a spark plug of positivity in a world where negativity is so readily on tap.

Which would you rather have: a bunch of young people out solving the world's problems or a bunch of young people Tweeting their opinions about these problems? I know which I prefer.

Go see this movie. Tell Netflix you want it. Tell Amazon you want to get it through Amazon Prime. But do something positive. See it.

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