NFF NOW: The Inventor: Out for Blood in SIlicon Valley


Studio Theater Thu, Mar 14 6:30 PM
Run Time:1hr 59min
Release Year:2019
Category:NFF Now
New Releases
Director:Alex Gibney


NFF Now is a year-round programming initiative by the Nantucket Film Festival and the Nantucket Dreamland Foundation featuring special screenings and the season’s best independent films. This program is sponsored by The Inquirer & Mirror.

119 MIN / USA / Color / 2019 / English


OFFICIAL SELECTION: 2019 Sundance Film Festival


Academy Award winner Alex Gibney (Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, HBO’s Emmy-winning Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief) directs a documentary investigating the rise and fall of Theranos, the one-time multibillion-dollar healthcare company founded by Elizabeth Holmes.


In 2004, Elizabeth Holmes dropped out of Stanford to start a company that was going to revolutionize healthcare. In 2014, Theranos was valued at $9 billion, making Holmes, who was touted as “the next Steve Jobs,” the youngest self-made female billionaire in the world. Just two years later, Theranos was cited as a “massive fraud” by the SEC, and its value was less than zero.


Drawing on extraordinary access to never-before-seen footage and testimony from key insiders, director Alex Gibney tells a Silicon Valley tale that was too good to be true. With all the drama of a real-life heist film, the documentary examines how this could have happened and who is responsible, while exploring the psychology of deception.