The Fly Room cast brought together a group of today’s most exciting emerging actors, as well as several of the world’s leading minds in science.
THE DIRECTORS STATEMENT
"I first learned about the Fly Room in a genetics seminar during my PhD program. Belying its eventual importance, the Fly Room began as a dingy closet-like space at Columbia University from 1911 to 1928 run by Thomas Hunt Morgan. It was here that the basic laws that govern heritability and the passing of traits were discovered – work that would eventually win their lab a Nobel Prize in 1933 and formed the foundation of the genetic discoveries that continue today. The men and women behind this groundbreaking work were geneticists at a time when the field was just emerging. They were young pioneers of a new frontier in science, making the rules up as they worked and fostering a democratic atmosphere open to new ideas and unconventional thinking, which became a standard in laboratory research in practice today. At the forefront of the film, is the dramatic narrative about a girl’s quest to understand her father through his research. But the story also emphasizes the importance of model organisms, such as the fly, to understand universal laws of science and how that speaks to our identity and who we are."
Alexis Gambis, Writer & Director