As part of the Second Festival of French Cinema in Equador, I was invited to the Concierto Sentido program on RADIO SUCESOS 101.7 F.M. in Quito, Ecuador to speak about the marriage between science and cinema and my interest in combining both of my passions.
In Quito, Ecuador, 25 films from France will be shown in the 2nd edition of the French Film Festival. The festival starts on November 29 at the Alfredo Pareja screening hall in La Casa de la Cultura Ecuatoriana (CCE) and then hits the entire city with screenings at la Alianza Francesa and the Ocho y Media Cinemas. Festival continue until December 9th.
The focus on this year’s festival is French Youth. With the La Alianza Francesa, I have organized a program of 6 short films directed by French student filmmakers from New York University, who have traveled the world to create a variety of films: fiction, documentary, docu-fiction and black and white silent films.
My film Deja Vu will be presented as part of the series and I have also be invited at the festival to speak about mixing documentary and fiction as well as science and drama.
The American Chemical Society recently greenlighted an anthology book in its Symposium Series entitled “Hollywood Chemistry” – an examination of how chemistry is presented in mainstream media. While chemistry will be the main emphasis of the book, the overarching theme will be on science in Hollywood, and how science is made appealing to the general public.
I was asked to contribute an chapter entitled Science Mise-en-Scene. The chapter will discuss the importance of narrative structure and aesthetics in communicating science. It will also touch upon on the misconceptions and misrepresentation of science and scientists in mainstream media and highlight new avenues for better scientific dissemination.
The book will be targeted for scientists, non-scientists, and laypeople in both academia and industry. It would also be excellent for undergraduates and high school students interested in science, and would make an excellent undergraduate textbook. The editors for this book will be myself, Donna Nelson, Jaime Paglia, and Sidney Perkowitz.
In November 2011, 12 directors from NYU Graduate Film program were selected to be part of a collaborative poetry to film project led by actor-filmmaker James Franco. This project is named after the collection of poems TAR by C.K. Williams. Post-production recently completed, COLOR OF TIME starring James Franco, Henry Hopper, Mila Kunis and Jessica Chastain will premiere in theCinema XXI programme at the Rome International Film Festival.
For this project, I adapted the last poem of the collection “One of the Muses”, starring James Franco, Mila Kunis, and Henry Hopper. One of the Muses is a lyrical piece recounting the tumultous night of CK in his forties (James Franco). The study room becomes “the house of shadows” as C.K. prepares a lecture the following day and experiences a writer’s block. He slowly plunges into his dark memories and early relationships as a twenty-year old (Henry Hopper), a cathartic experience that strengthens his present day with his wife (Mila Kunis).
COLOR OF TIME SYNOPSIS
COLOR OF TIME is based on Pulitzer prize-winning poet C.K. Williams’ collection of the same name. Written and directed by 12 filmmakers, the film blends together adaptations of numerous poems, creating a poetic road trip through C.K. William’s life. Waltzing through time over several decades, C.K. Williams goes through a certain sense of rejuvenation as well as feelings of loss, as he experiences a series of significant past and present encounters. His constant wonder at and desire to grasp his memories makes him struggle to be fully present with his wife, but he then realizes through his journey, that he is inexplicably bound to both.
“Maybe the right words were there all along. Complicity. Wonder.”
Our project began as a collaborative experiment rooted in the idea that the language and ambitions of poetry provide a fertile source from which to create a unique cinematic experience.
Our source was Tar, C.K. Williams’s 1983 poetry collection that is a narrative of a remembered life – personal stories of brief as well as
long-lasting encounters with people, places and situations. It is an extraordinary poetic achievement.
COLOR OF TIME, the film, consists of contributions from 12 individual directors developed in a Graduate Film class at Tisch lead by James Franco, and comes from a shared belief that a truly collaborative experiment could yield something more powerful than we each could have achieved by ourselves.
Central to the collaborative nature of the film were the actor’s improvisations, allowing little accidents to happen, letting the actors’ inventions shape the moments, and in this way helping us explore and celebrate the wonders of one man’s recollections, seen through a glass cinematically.
It is our hope, that COLOR OF TIME will meet an audience open to watching and experiencing this kind of improvisational and experiential cinematic jam- session.
For the last weekend of the Citizen Science program at Bard College (January 18-19), I have been invited back to the Upstate New York campus, where my interest in combining the Sciences and the Arts began. I will be presenting a Film workshop. The goal of the workshop is to spark interest in translating scientific thought into visual storytelling. By viewing films, introducing small film exercises and discussing in a collaborative setting the relationship between science and narrative structure, first year students at Bard College will explore freely how to be imaginative, unconventional and original in scientific storytelling.
About Citizen Science http://citizenscience.bard.edu/
The Citizen Science program will introduce students to science and the ideas of the scientific method. The program is designed to promote science literacy and will utilize the theme of infectious diseases, the importance of infectious disease in a community, and the impact that infectious disease outbreaks and subsequence management can have on our global society. The curriculum will range from conducting a laboratory experiment and analyzing a scientific problem modeling potential solutions to that problem. The program will merge three distinct, yet thematically interwoven, rotations, each designed to address the large question:
Calvin Bridges, Unconventional Geneticist.
How Calvin Bridges works in the Morgan’s Fly Room and at Cold Spring Harbor laid the foundations for Modern Genetics. CHSL Archives Presents an Exhibition by Co-Curators, Alexis Gambis and Judith Cuddihy.