Last night, HBO and Cinema Society hosted a screening of the highly anticipated documentary The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley. The screening and cocktail reception took place at the Warner Media Screening Room where guests mingled and enjoyed light bites and cocktails prior to the show with a dinner at Porter House following.
The film was an in-depth portrayal of Elizabeth Holmes and the founding, development and ultimate downfall of Theranos, a Silicon Valley based health technology company that was set to revolutionize the future of medicine. Holmes' rise to fame began after dropping out of Stanford University in 2003 to pursue her goal of developing a product that could test just a drop of blood for over 200 diseases.
Ultimately, Holmes was unable to complete the task but continued to raise money, expand and promote her product as if it were actually successful. In 2015, Theranos was valued at $9 billion, making the 31-year-old the youngest female self-made billionaire. The film gives viewers some insight into Holmes' allegedly sociopathic tendencies, quoting former employees, psychologists and first-hand accounts from John Carreyrou, WSJ Investigative Reporter and author of, Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup. All-in-all the film is an incredible depiction of the scam that led to her current criminal charges as she faces up to 20 years in prison.
Catch the film on Monday, March 18th at 9:00PM ET on HBO. You won't regret it.
Who Was There: Director/producer Alex Gibney, producers Erin Edeiken, Jessie Deeter; executive producer Graydon Carter; film subjects John Carreyrou and Roger Parloff
Other attendees: Candice Bergen, Don Lemon, Sela Ward, Sami Gayle (Blue Bloods), Kevin Zegers (Dirty John, Fear the Walking Dead), Isiah Whitlock Jr. (Veep), Jeff Zucker, Nicole Miller, Tina Brown & Harry Evans, Dayle Haddon, Roberto Bolle, Peter Cincotti, Sloane Crosley, Luke Janklow, Christiane Seidel (Boardwalk Empire, Godless), Leon Robinson, Sarah Megan Thomas (Equity), Andrew Ross Sorkin, Emily Senko, Ann Dexter-Jones, Annabelle Dexter-Jones, Jamee & Peter Gregory, Debbie Bancroft, Celine Rattray, Susan Hess, Will Kopelman, Ashley Haas, Alex Lundqvist, Fern Mallis, Rachel Roy, Joyce Varvatos, Timo Weiland, Tara Westwood, Bettina Zilkha, and Cinema Society founder Andrew Saffir
Click through for a closer look at the screening and after party!
[Photos via Paul Bruinooge for Patrick McMullan]