“There’s a lot of discussion in physics about the existence of the so-called ‘God’ particle or Higgs boson. Some physicists, like Stephen Hawking, don’t believe it exists or will be found. Nonetheless, billions are being spent trying to find it. The character St. John in ‘Clouds’ (played by Michael Patrick Gaffney, pictured left) essentially concludes there is no Higgs boson… this is why his theory ‘subverts traditional models’ – meaning the standard model of physics. If there is no Higgs boson, a lot of our current physics doesn’t hold up. So St. John must turn to another vehicle to find truth. The journey toward that elusive goal is what the film 'Clouds' is about.” – Don Thompson describes his film ‘Clouds’ (released 2000)
From Scientific American, as of 2010:
“…informal polls of physicists over the last decade have shown that an overwhelming majority believed that the existence of the Higgs was a foregone conclusion and that all that was needed was simply to run the LHC [Large Hadron Collider] long enough: the Higgs would eventually show up…but the Higgs boson never appeared. Running continually at an unprecedented energy level of seven trillion electron volts since March 31, 2010, the LHC has been amassing petabytes of data that are being analyzed by a grid of interlinked computers worldwide in search of the missing boson. And yesterday, August 22, at the Biennial International Symposium on Lepton-Photon Interactions at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research in Mumbai, India, the bombshell was dropped: CERN scientists declared that over the entire range of energy the Collider had explored—from 145 to 466 billion electron volts—the Higgs boson is excluded as a possibility with a 95% probability.”
As of 2012, with a 5% chance it exists, determined scientists continue the search, but still are only finding ‘hints’ of the Higgs boson.
‘Clouds’ and other films, books and plays produced and/or supported by nextPix can be found here. To sum up our work, it's entertaining, enlightening, and a lot cheaper than the Large Hadron Collider.