The film has been awarded BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM at the Sunrise Film Festival in Nova Scotia!
I was very honored to attend the festival and screen the film for an overwhelmingly supportive audience on October 8, 2015 (my youngest son’s 22nd birthday!). The Q&A after the screening was invigorating with many encouraging comments and questions. I stayed in the historical Thinkers Lodge, where peacemakers and dignitaries have engaged in discussions about world events since the 1950’s, and home to the 1995 Nobel Peace Prize. What a perfect place to share the ideals of Einstein and Bohr, as well as the wonderful personalities of the eight grandmothers and their imaginative theatre director.
“This film was a true gem, screened in the most perfect and apt setting of Thinkers Lodge, it was a simple visualization of the humanity of two of the world’s most brilliant minds – Albert Einstein and Niels Bohr. The way their words were delivered was a moving and humbling experience and at the same time contained so much fun.”
– Sunrise Film Festival 2015, Nova Scotia
A stunning setting for a film festival! Pugwash, Nova Scotia, Canada
I’m feeling so positive about the effect this film is having on audiences! Today, I received this wonderful letter (reposted with permission) from a group in Florida:
On behalf of the Academy of Senior Professionals Eckerd College, I want to thank you for A BEAUTIFUL EQUATION. We have just screened it for the group and
it was a big hit! In fact it got a standing ovation–and that doesn’t happen often.
There’s more. There was a social hour immediately after the film and the conversation centered on the film. It was like the film had played a second time.
And it looks like there will be an encore presentation in the fall. Some of our members
are up north to escape the heat and we plan to have a second showing.
Thanks again, Robin, and I hope the film gets the distribution it so richly deserves. It put a smile on a lot of our old faces.
How satisfying to hear that the film is impacting people in different parts of the country.
And September is shaping up to be another busy month for screenings. The film is scheduled for three screening events with more possible. (See the list of events HERE
Coming off of two recent sold out shows at the Boedecker Theater in Boulder, I couldn’t be happier about the film’s success so far. And also, the educational curriculum is finished and being implemented in a few educational institutions this fall. Reaching people of all ages… that’s what it’s all about! Donations are still very gratefully being accepted to cover outstanding costs.
The film is getting quite a bit of attention! We’ve had great press for our Boulder Premiere, and also a wonderful acknowledgement and award from Worldfest Houston!
Our curriculum is in the final review stages!
I’ve been working with Documentary Curriculum Consultants to compose lesson plans and a professional development guide so that teachers, students, professionals, and community groups can go beyond watching the film. They can have guided materials (which are also Standards-Based, so great for public school use!) that launch the thoughtful, imaginative and impactful ideas of the film into action.
More funds are needed to complete this critical film supplement – and you can help! Donate online at Center for Independent Documentary, my fiscal sponsor. Your contribution is deeply appreciated! All funds go directly toward meeting curriculum costs.
Our goal is to release
A BEAUTIFUL EQUATION Discussion Guide and Lesson Plans
by early summer!
We help filmmakers make an even greater impact and assist in answering the question often left at the end of thought-provoking films, “What now?”
A Beautiful Equation has been invited to Worldfest Houston, April 10-19, 2015! The program and schedule will be posted soon.
Make it your year to be PLAYFUL!
Here’s a goal for the new year that everyone can achieve – HAVE FUN!
A little playfulness can bring a smile and add a skip to your step. Einstein and Bohr shared the ability to become more learned children as they grew older, never losing their childlike wonder and curiosity.
Have a GOOD TIME!
“Creativity is intelligence having fun.”
- Albert Einstein
Announcing a Denver screening!
February 14th, 10am at the King Center, Auraria Campus
Relativity for Lovers! Spend Valentine’s Day morning with A Beautiful Equation. Join us for “Breakfast With Einstein” (coffee, juice and Einstein Bros. Bagels), film screening, and an interactive audience discussion with Director Robin Truesdale, Playwright Len Barron, and the cast of grandmothers. Prizes for the best Einstein look-alike costumes!
The 12th Piano Celebration
The Year of Light: Illuminating Minds!
A 2-day interdisciplinary festival
Music • Science • Film
This is an annual mini-conference hosted by Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU Denver) at the King Center on the Auraria Campus.
Find out more HERE
We are each a part of A Beautiful Equation
“Watching it was an experience I will want to repeat over and over. This, I hope, will start me on a journey to come again to the wonder and delight I may have lost in the stress of trying to measure up to the expectations of others.” Jennifer, Utah
This recent response to the film warmed my heart. My motivation in making A Beautiful Equation was to inspire and encourage others, just as I was inspired by the director, cast, and historic characters that come together in the film.
This month, as I work to create an educational platform that supports the film, I am also making a limited number of DVDs available for holiday gift giving. Contact me for your copy – just $25 plus shipping, or FREE with a $50+ donation!
Sending you my best wishes for renewed playfulness and wonder. Be assured – all of us do “measure up”, and each of us is a vital element in the Beautiful Equation of life!
Happy holidays and thank you for your continued support!
Read the complete December Newsletter here.
On October 5, 2014, it was time to celebrate the first-ever screening of A Beautiful Equation to a private gathering of friends, colleagues, and professionals. We threw the party at Cinebarre Theatre in Louisville, Colorado and got red carpet service! It was wonderful to see the film on the big screen and hear the amazing soundtrack in 5.1 Surround Sound. I can’t wait for public audiences to have this opportunity!
How did this documentary film come to be made?
Inspiration for films can come from so many places… this one was sparked at a mixer put on by the Boulder International Film Festival in February 2012. I had just finished working about 40 hours over the four-day film festival in Boulder, Colorado, volunteering as a journalist covering the event. I went to the BIFF mixer the following week and met an older gentleman there. It was Len Barron. With a twinkle in his eye, he asked if I might be interested in filming a project he was cooking up. I said sure and gave him my business card.
A few weeks later, I got a phone call from Len and he explained the project. He was planning a stage production about two famous physicists, Albert Einstein and Niels Bohr, to be performed by eight grandmothers. Intriguing. He asked if I would film the rehearsal process and the two performance evenings coming up in October. It sounded like a fun and interesting project, so I said yes. (as Len likes to say, “the answer is always YES.” That leads to a lot of open doors and opportunities…)
That fall, I spent five weeks filming these wonderful women as they prepared for their stage appearances. It was a magical experience, getting to know the women and hear Len’s material being interpreted and shared among them. The weekend of the show came and everyone did a magnificent job with their parts! They played to two sold out houses at Boulder’s Dairy Center for the Arts. It was inspiring and beautiful, and I realized there was an opportunity to go even deeper with the project. So I made plans to interview each grandmother to talk about the play, the scientists, and what the experience meant to each of them.
Those interviews added a wonderful depth to the what I had already filmed, and by Spring of 2013 I was logging and transcribing my many hours of footage. The story grew and changed in my editor’s mind, and the real work began of developing it into a comprehensive film. I had originally thought it would take only a few months. So naive of someone who should seriously know better!
My full time job of video producer with business clients came to a screeching halt as I made way for the now full time job of putting this film together. I struggled through writer’s block, self doubt, and all the issues that artists face when creating something very dear to them. But people continued to be supportive and encouraging, and now, almost two years later, the film is just about complete (just adding the finishing touches to graphics and artwork) and ready to be shared!
To say that this film has been a labor of love sounds so cliché. But truly, that can be the only explanation for the time and costs that have been poured into this project. I actually googled “labor of love” and found this explanation:
“Work done for interest in the work itself rather than for payment.”
Bingo! Independent filmmaking defined!
This film has become a sponge that holds the love, tears, and expressions of a great number of people, not the least of whom is Len Barron. His words – spoken by the eight amazing women, filmed and edited by my hands, illustrated by a wonderful artist, and set to music by talented musicians – are the vessel for inspirational thought and intention. And Len’s words stem from the inspiration of two others – Einstein and Bohr – who lived and worked in a different time and place, making their own contributions through their ‘labors of love’ in the field of physics.
Such is a way of living life (for me, at least) and a way of combining individual contributions to create something even more grand. A Beautiful Equation is a film, but also so much more.
It’s a reminder that to the questions of Can I?, Should I? and Is it possible? – the answer is always YES.