Atomic Museum To Host Next ATOMIX Event March 7


Headshot of Jon Else.
(Photo Courtesy of Jon Else)


Evening to Include Cocktails, Conversation About Else’s Film “The Day After Trinity: J. Robert Oppenheimer and the Atomic Bomb”


On Thursday, March 7, the Atomic Museum invites guests to its next ATOMIX event with Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Jon Else titled “The Definitive Oppenheimer.” The evening will include cocktails, hour d’oeuvres, conversation and film excerpts from Else’s documentary “The Day After Trinity: J. Robert Oppenheimer and the Atomic Bomb.”

Widely considered to be the quintessential Oppenheimer documentary, the film blends interviews with Oppenheimer’s family, friends and colleagues with historical footage of the Manhattan Project and its aftermath for a powerful and personal look into the life of the “father of the atomic bomb.” The ATOMIX discussion will dive into Else’s personal stories and challenges from the filmmaking process as well as the resurgence of interest in “The Day After Trinity” due to last year’s release of Christopher Nolan’s “OPPENHEIMER.”

The conversation will also highlight Else’s critically acclaimed film “Wonders Are Many: The Making of Doctor Atomic,” which follows the creation and performance of the 2005 opera titled “Doctor Atomic.” In the opera, Oppenheimer is the central character set amid the 48-hour period before the first atomic denotation.

Throughout his career, Else also worked on other atomic-related and Oppenheimer-adjacent projects as well as hundreds of documentaries appearing on PBS, BBC, ABC, MTV, ARTE, HBO and Netflix. He has won four Emmys for writing, producing, directing and cinematography. Else has also received several duPont-Columbia Awards, Peabody Awards, several Academy Award nominations, the Prix Italia Award, Sundance Special Jury Prize and Sundance Filmmaker’s Trophy. He is also a recipient of the distinguished MacArthur Fellowship. At UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism, Else also served as the director of the documentary program.

“Jon Else’s award-winning film is a fascinating intersection of science, cinema and the enthralling legacy of J. Robert Oppenheimer,” said Rob McCoy, chief executive officer, Atomic Museum. “As Oppenheimer’s story and the history associated with the Atomic Age continue to skyrocket in popularity, we look forward to this captivating discussion.”

The event will take place on Thursday, March 7 at The Beverly Theater located at 515 S. 6th Street, Las Vegas, NV 89101. Tickets are $38 per person and include one drink and hour d’oeuvres. Cocktail hour will begin at 6 p.m. and the conversation will begin at 7 p.m. Guests must be 21 or older to consume alcohol. For more information or to purchase tickets, click here.

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Atomic Museum To Host Next ATOMIX Event March 7
Atomic Museum To Host Next ATOMIX Event March 7