Fly Room, The Directed
Alexis Gambis USA / 2014 / 85 minutes World Premiere
Introduced by Paul Hoffman • President and CEO of Liberty Science Center and the Creative Director of Beyond Rubik’s Cube
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During 10-year-old Betsey’s first visit to her father’s lab where he is deciphering the fundamental laws of genetics, she is initially reluctant to enter his world, but is eventually drawn into his study of fruit flies as a means of getting closer to him. When she is exposed to how he conducts his personal affairs, however, she receives an unwelcome unorthodox education. Glimpses of Betsey at 21, mourning her father’s death, and in old age reveal how this complex relationship, both inspiring and damaging, informed her transition to adult life and, eventually, the life she chose for herself.
Alexis is a French-Venezuelan scientist, filmmaker and founder of Imagine Science Films, a non-profit focused on scientific storytelling through film. He received his PhD in Molecular Biology from The Rockefeller University and an MFA in Film from NYU Tisch. Alexis has written and directed over a dozen short films, including Deja Vu which won the 2012 National Board of Review Award and premiered at the 2014 Clermont Ferrand Short Film Festival. He is one of the writer-directors on the omnibus film TAR starring James Franco, Jessica Chastain and Mila Kunis slated for US theatrical release in 2014. Alexis was an invited artist at dOCUMENTA  where he created a video installation for an exhibit on “DNA & Identity” that featured the research work of immunologist Dr. Tarakhoskvy alongside Salvador Dali paintings. He co-directed a plankton adaptation of La Boheme for environmental artist Mara G. Haseltine, which French fashion designer agnčs b featured in at her NY Gallery in April 2013. He is currently a Visiting Professor of Biology, Film & Media at NYU Abu Dhabi and lives between Brooklyn, Paris and Abu Dhabi. The Fly Room is his first feature amd is the fruit of over a decade of his career in science and filmmaking.
Cast/Featuring: Zoe Brooks, Haskell King
Executive Producer(s): Thomas Campbell Jackson, Ehsan & Majid Pishyar, Gerry Ohrstrom, Jason Poh
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