The Fly Room in post-production

The Fly Room feature is now in post-production. After, color correction and sound mixing in January and February, it will be submitted to festivals starting early March.

Stay tuned for more information and visit The Fly Room website for additional updates and documentary material that will be trickling out over the next few weeks.


The Fly Room Feature Wraps Principal Photography

After 21 days of production in July from the inlands of the Hudson Valley to the outskirts of Brooklyn, The Fly Room principal photography has officially come to and end. We have had an amazing cast/crew spanning the worlds of fine art to science. We now begin the phases of pick-ups, mainly focusing on capturing the different stages of life of the fruit fly. At the end of the month, we head to Asheville, North Caroline to film Betsey Bridges for her 95th birthday – this will be the epilogue of the film that spans a century of genetics, memories and life.

Return of The Fly Room. Featured in the New York Times.

“Pioneer Works host a genetics class, a film set and lots of flies”

April 23, 2013
New York Times / Science Times

A hundred years ago, in a cramped lab at Columbia University, a series of fruit-fly experiments led to the birth of modern genetics. The legendary Fly Room will be re-created, with brass-knobbed microscopes and hundreds of insect-filled milk bottles, at a summer exhibit in Red Hook that will serve as the set for a feature film. The project is the brainchild of Alexis Gambis, a French-Venezuelan geneticist and filmmaker who founded the Imagine Science Film Festival. While the room is under construction, Dr. Gambis will offer a three-night course examining how visual techniques, from ink drawings to fluorescent imaging, have advanced the field of genetics. Students will learn to tell male flies from females under a microscope and will start to breed flies with new traits as the century-old lab grows around them.

To register for the class: “Fly Microscopy: Origin of Gene Research”, visit Pioneer Works and click on this link.


Directed Short Film La Boheme presented as part of Mara G. Haseltine Exhibit at agnes b Galerie boutique

Co-directed a short film as part of Mara G. Haseltine Exhibition La Bohème: A Portrait of Our Oceans in Peril
March 9 – April 28, 2013

Opening Reception with the Artist: March 9, 6pm – 8pm
Live Opera Performance at 7pm

agnès b. Galerie Boutique50 Howard Street NYC 10013

February 28, 2013 (NEW YORK) agnès b. is pleased to announce the opening of La Bohème: A Portrait of Our Oceans in Peril an exhibition by New York-based artist Mara G. Haseltine.

Directing My First Web Series ‘My Mind’s Eye’ featured on Scientific American

The Mind Body Problem: An interview with Ned Block from Imaginal Disc on Vimeo.

My Mind’s Eye Series launches today on Scientific American with a discussion on consciousness followed by brain-inspired music from The Amygdaloids.
Ned Block is a professor of philosophy, psychology and neural science and is considered a leading thinker on the subject.

What is Consciousness? Go to Video!
Scientific American | Mark Fischetti | January 28, 2013

Wouldn’t it be great to be able to learn about brain and mind from leaders in the field, and be entertained at the same time? Welcome to My Mind’s Eye, a series of interviews about topics such as the mind-body problem, free will, memory, emotion, and on and on, each themed with a song from the rock band, The Amygdaloids. My Mind’s Eye is hosted by NYU neuroscientist, Joseph LeDoux, and directed by Alexis Gambis. The first three interviews are with philosopher Ned Block, cognitive neuroscientist Mike Gazzaniga, and Nobel Prize winning neurobiologist Eric Kandel.



Hosting Brainwave LunchMatter Series @ Rubin Museum of Art

The Buddha said that everything is illusion. What did he mean by that? This sixth edition of Brainwave will enlist the aid of neuroscientists to help us understand how the perception of our world is shaped by the surprising adaptability of our brains. Brainwave includes talks, special film screenings followed by discussions, The Memory Palace (an interactive workshop), Lunch Matters, and Cabaret Cinema.

I will be hosting a series in April of short film and discussions for LunchMatters that explore the illusionary lines of reality and irreality. Join us to distinguish elements of fiction and non-fiction in scientific filmmaking.


Festival de Cine Frances in Quito, Ecuador

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.


American Chemical Society Anthology Invitation


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.


Teaching at the New School Spring 2013: A Chemical Narrative of the Cell

Starting late January 2013, I will be Adjunct Faculty at the New School teaching a Spring semester course entitled: A Chemical Narrative of the Cell. The poster image was created in November 2012 and represents my take on the course mixing narrative structure with notions of both chaos and order. The classroom becomes the cell where some elements are methylated, folded, or solitary within the delimited zone.

The post image will be used as a means of making visible our unique, interdisciplinary curriculum. The flyers will be posted all over the Eugene Lang Cafe wall, and can be seen when when you enter the main building.

Course Description
Through a narrative and visual journey, the course will discuss fundamental chemical principles and apply this understanding to appreciate the details of a cell at the molecular level. We will explore the underlying chemistry that lead from atom to the assembly of important complex macromolecules, such as DNA and proteins. The course will use visual representations and imaging to present chemical phenomena, to help make the unseen seen, and to help students understand, describe and study the building blocks of life. Assignments will incorporate film, animation and visualization exercises to further demystify chemical principles, structures and reactions.


TAR Premiere: Rome Film Festival

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, TAR starring James Franco, Henry Hopper, Mila Kunis and Jessica Chastain will premiere in the Cinema 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).


TAR 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.

TAR, 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 TAR will meet an audience open to watching and experiencing this kind of improvisational and experiential cinematic jam- session.