WHAT AM I WORKING ON NOW?
I’m co-directing Forgotten Jewels, a Haven in Havana with Judy Kreith. We are currently in the production stage, interviewing WWII refugees and their family members in Colorado, New York, Los Angeles, Cuba, and Belgium. We anticipate a Fall 2016 film release. We are pleased to have the National Center for Jewish Film as our fiscal sponsor.
A Beautiful Equation
Fairy Tales, Physics and Grandmothers
Winner of a 2015 Platinum Remi Award and “Best International Film” at Sunrise Film Festival, Nova Scotia
A Beautiful Equation follows eight elder women as they rehearse for an unlikely stage presentation about two great 20th century physicists – Albert Einstein and Niels Bohr. The women are directed by a perky 80 year-old, Len Barron, who wrote the script and oversees the rehearsals. Barron, who closely resembles Einstein, has performed his one-man show about the scientists for more than two decades and decides it would be quite a twist to have eight grandmothers present his material instead. Indeed, the women spin the tales of Einstein and Bohr with grace and depth, illuminating the magic of fairy tales and belief in the impossible that so influenced the two physicists. While the stories about the scientists are captivating, it’s the grandmothers who steal the show as beloved characters. A Latina grandmother struggles with her spoken English, a black grandma reflects on her struggle for civil rights, another grandmother recalls her teen years during WWII. As they progress from rehearsals to the stage, the women reveal their own strengths as inspirational role models and remind us that one doesn’t have to be a genius to be fair, or playful, or to do things beautifully.