What: The Museum of Space of Space History is pleased to present the award-winning documentary Oppenheimer After Trinity at the New Horizons Dome Theater. Oppenheimer After Trinity is a thought-provoking and insightful documentary that explores events that occurred after the testing of the world’s first atomic bomb in July of 1945. The documentary offers a rare and intimate glimpse into the mind of Dr. J Robert Oppenheimer, and the moments leading up to and following the first atomic bomb test in the New Mexico desert. The film features rare footage and photographs, along with compelling testimony from Dr. Oppenheimer’s grandson, Charles Oppenheimer.
Produced by Alamogordo native and award-winning producer Larry L. Sheffield, Oppenheimer After Trinity has garnered 17 international film awards to date. Sheffield’s first film, Alamogordo, Center of the World, Trinity 1945, won recognition in four film festivals. This film is part of a series of documentaries about events that happened in New Mexico around the Manhattan Project, the Trinity Site Test, Operation Paperclip, and other military events that shaped human history between 1945-1950. Sheffield’s films are known for their use of rare footage, photographs, and compelling interviews, combined with his unique talent for bringing history to life on the big screen.
When: Friday, October 20, at 11:40 am, 1:00 pm, 3:40 pm, and 5:00 pm; Saturday, October 21, at 11:40 am, 1:00 pm, and 3:40 pm; and Sunday, October 22 at 1:00 pm and 2:20 pm. (Did you know…there’s a GREAT chance you might meet Producer/Director Larry Sheffield and co-director Trent DiGiulio? Both of them plan to be on hand during the film’s showings!)
Where: At the New Horizons Dome Theater and Planetarium on the campus of the New Mexico of Space History in Alamogordo, NM. Ticket prices are $8.00 for adults, $7.00 for senior citizens, military, and New Mexico residents, and $6.00 for children 4-12 with 3 and under free.
Why: Film producer Larry Sheffield was raised in Alamogordo and has strong community ties. His presentation of this documentary offers a personal take on this historic event not only because he grew up in the area but also because of the rare insights provided by Oppenheimer’s own grandson. With the semi-annual trip to Trinity Site on Oct. 21, it seemed appropriate to screen an award-winning film of this calibre in an effort to give that world changing event a human aspect.
Unlike the recent feature film Oppenheimer, this documentary offers a rare and intimate glimpse into the mind of Dr. J Robert Oppenheimer, and the moments leading up to and following the first atomic bomb test in the New Mexico desert.
About the New Mexico Museum of Space History: www.nmspacemuseum.org
The New Mexico Museum of Space History in Alamogordo is a division of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs. A Smithsonian Affiliate, the museum showcases the significant role New Mexico has played in the development of the U.S. Space Program and features the International Space Hall of Fame, and New Horizons Dome Theater.