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Clayton Brown

Senior Lecturer

Clayton Brown is a documentary and narrative filmmaker interested in exploring the hidden stories and compelling characters that emerge when people pursue their passions. Of particular interest are the ways in which science and storytelling intersect, both in fiction and non-fiction. His fiction work includes Galileo’s Grave, winner of the Chicago IFP Production Fund and Best Short film at the Albany and Lake Michigan Film Festivals, Subterranea, a narrative feature shot on 60,000 feet of intermediate film stock obtained for $900 from ebay, and four short films in post-production. He is a co-founder of 137 Films, a Chicago-based documentary production company committed to telling stories found in the world of science. With 137 Films he has co-directed three feature documentaries, includingThe Atom Smashers, an award-winning documentary about the search for the Higgs boson that was broadcast on Independent Lens and is in international distribution, The Believers, about the controversial 1989 announcement of Cold Fusion and winner of the Gold Hugo for best documentary at the Chicago International Film Festival and Best Documentary at the Maryland Film Festival, and We Believe in Dinosaurs, a film about creationists’ attempts to disprove evolution by building a full-scale replica of Noah’s Ark in Kentucky, set for premiere in the fall of 2018. Currently, Clayton is in development for The Darkening Sun, a feature-length screenplay about the first woman to photograph a solar eclipse in the Dakota Territory, in 1869.