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In the 1950s, scientific integrity was put into
question by a packet of salt…

The AD-X2 Controversy
The AD-X2 Controversy


In the 1940s and ’50s, amid a booming economy and rapid scientific progress, a charismatic salesman sought to make his fortune with a chemical additive, AD-X2, that he claimed would revolutionize the car battery business. When tests from a prominent scientific agency showed that the additive was worthless, its director had to battle public opinion and political pressure to defend the importance of scientific integrity.

OFFICIAL SELECTION - 2024 Community Stories Film Festival
San Francisco Documentary Festival selection
NewsFest Award Winner True Stories 2023 laurel
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International Puerto Rican Heritage Film Festival Selection
2023 Raw Science Finalist Laurel

News & Screenings*

  • Will be screened at the Community Stories Film Festival in Silver Spring, Maryland, on Saturday, March 16, at 4:30 p.m. as part of the Science Tales group of films.
  • Read a Q&A with Writer-Director José Ricardo García
  • Was screened with a panel discussion on scientific integrity at the American Physical Society (APS) March Meeting 2024.
  • Was screened with a panel discussion on scientific integrity at the AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) 2024 Annual Meeting.
  • Won Best True Story Narrative and Best of Festival at the 2023 NewsFest Film Festival in Santa Monica, California. November 2023.
  • Featured on WTOP News in an interview with director Jose Ricardo Garcia.
  • Selected for the 13th Annual International Puerto Rican Heritage Film Festival in New York City. November 2023.
  • Was a finalist at the RAW Science Film Festival in the Professional Dramatic Category. October 2023.
  • Selected for the DC Shorts International Film Festival. September 2023.
  • Selected for the 2023 San Francisco Documentary Festival. June 2023.

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