Exclusive clip: Kamen takes on water crisis in “SlingShot”

Paul Lazarus's portrait of American inventor Dean Kamen and what may be his most important invention to date opens in New York this week, and realscreen has an exclusive clip.
July 10, 2015

Dean Kamen may be best known to the general public as the inventor of the Segway, but all that may change with his current invention, a portable water purification unit called the SlingShot.

The invention uses vapor compression distillation instead of chemical filters or additives to remove anything that can make water unsafe for use, and has been tested in villages in Latin America and Africa. Kamen says global adaptation of the SlingShot could potentially eliminate substantial amounts of chronic disease.

Kamen’s creation also serves as the title for a documentary entering U.S. theatrical release this week via a run in New York City that begins today (July 10), to be followed by a Los Angeles run next week and wider U.S. release after that. SlingShot, stemming from a short that premiered in 2013 at Sundance, made its debut in March 2014 at the Cinequest Film Festival in California, and is directed and produced by Paul Lazarus¬†for White Dwarf Productions. International rights are handled by ro*co films international.

For more information, visit the film’s website, and check out this clip, exclusive to realscreen.

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