“A really big person is somebody that doesn’t mind helping everyone
else around them be big. A really big person helps everyone else be big
and doesn’t use
their bigness to help everyone around them be small.” –Dean Kamen–
Inventor of the two wheeled standup electric scooter, the Segway
despite the rumors that he drove his creation, the Segway, off of a
The documentary “SlingShot” by Paul Lazarus opens with a stream flowing while a narrator explains that we can empty many of the world’s hospital beds by just providing
people access to clean drinking water and distilled water for home dialysis. Fifty percent of all human illnesses are the result of water borne
pathogens. The “SlingShot,” which Dean and his team invented, is able to take any type of water, whether it be ground water with metals in it, salty
ocean water, bioburdened water, or urine, and make it suitable for drinking.
Learn what Dean Kamen was like as a child, the learning disabilities he’s had to accept, getting back on his bicycle after being bullied, his parental
upbringing, his father’s philosophy on life, his own home which is complete with a helicopter garage, steam engines, secret passageways, and a wall of
portraits of famous scientists, engineers, and inventors, including, Galileo Galilei, done by his father. Despite being a people person, Dean discusses
his own beliefs of whether or not to start his own family, his inventions, his dreams of a time travel machine, his Ted Talks, and the initial stages
and larger plans for his innovative “SlingShot,” water purification system, and how it got it’s name.
Will he collaborate with a well known soft drink company which already
has it’s product all over the world with the hopes that they will assist
“SlingShot” to also be shipped to other countries all over the
An overnight success takes 20 years in the making.
Opens July 10th, 2015 @ Cinema Village in New York City, NY.
Opens July 17th @ Laemmle Theaters in Santa Monica and Pasadena, CA.
Opens July 26th @ PhilaMOCA in Philadelphia, PA.
Opens in August @ the Center for Contemporary Arts (CCA) in Santa Fe, NM.