The Origins of Electricity


Directed by Benh Zeitlin


Dead heroes Thomas Edison, Nicola Tesla, and Topsy the Coney Island elephant make their return to the screen in this tragic, stop-motion animated tale of two ill-fated lightbulbs forced to confront the unholy meaning of light.

The Origins of Electricity premiered at the 2006 Slamdance Film Festival as a $99 Special. Don't let the special low price fool you; these puppies are legit! $99 Specials are short films commissioned by Slamdance that are designed to keep the spirit of filmmaking alive while keeping the costs of filmmaking to a minnimum. With 99 days and $99, what could you create?