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MEET THE PEOPLE WHO MADE IT HAPPEN

The Fly Room was brought into being by a powerful team that includes writer and director Alexis Gambis, producer Krista Parris, director of photography Pedro Gomez Millan, as well as film and science students from NYU Tisch School of the Arts and Bard College. The film partners with Imagine Science, a non-profit committed to promoting dialogue between scientists and filmmakers, and is supported through grants by Spike Lee and the Sloan Foundation.

 

WRITER & DIRECTOR & PRODUCER / Alexis Gambis

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 Ph.D in Molecular Biology from The Rockefeller University and an M.F.A 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 [13] 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 agnès 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.

 

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PRODUCER/ Krista Parris

Krista Parris began her film career at Jonathan Demme and Ed Saxon’s company Clinica Estetico where she worked on Adaptation from development through distribution and developed material with Robert Schenkkan, Doug Wright and Neil LaBute, among others. In addition to The Fly Room, she recently produced “Stryka”, a short film written and directed by Emily Carmichael, one of Filmmaker Magazine's 2013 25 New Faces of Independent Film, starring Aimee Mullins and Rupert Friend, an offshoot of Carmichael’s feature script Arrow, which she’s also producing. She is developing two projects with writer/director Sasie Sealy – SarahN_12, which was optioned by Focus Features as part of their Story Camp initiative, and Lucky Grandma, a recent selection of IFP’s Emerging Narratives program – and is also developing Beast, an adaptation of Ally Kennen’s young adult novel by Colin McLaren (Donkeys), with Jonathan van Tulleken (“Top Boy”) attached to direct at Creative Scotland. She is Co-Executive Producer on Rob Meyer’s A Birder’s Guide To Everything, starring Kodi Smit-McPhee and Ben Kingsley, which Screen Media and Focus World will be releasing in March 2014.  Her next production will be Charles Birns’s debut feature Indifferent Women, starring Julie Sokolowski, set to shoot in April in NYC.

 

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CINEMATOGRAPHER / Pedro Gómez Millán

Pedro Gómez Millán is a Mexican-born cinematographer whose work has been featured at Sundance, Cannes, Berlinale, Tribeca and Plus CamerImage. His credits include Herbert White (starring Academy Award nominee Michael Shannon), The Clerk’s Tale and the documentary feature film Saturday Night, all directed by actor and director James Franco.  In 2011, Gomez Millan photographed the feature film Tar starring Academy Award nominees Jessica Chastain, James Franco and Mila Kunis, as well as Zach Braff, Henry Hooper and Bruce Campbell. He lensed the feature film Black Dog, Red Dog, starring Whoopi Goldberg. He shot the feature film X/Y directed by Ryan Piers Williams and starring America Ferrera.

 

 

Executive Producers

Thomas Campbell Jackson

Ehsan & Majid Pishyar

Gerry Ohrstrom

Jason Poh

 

Co-Executive Producers

Jonathan Estreich

Matthew Putman


Rose Meacham / Co-Producer

Rose Meacham is a Creative Technologist and Research Assistant in the LeDoux Laboratory at New York University’s Center for Neural Science. She is currently enrolled in the Interactive Telecommunications Program at New York University focusing on how to transform scientific research into visual, ethical and user-friendly applications and installations. She produced the short film My Geneticist and oversaw the development stages of the feature The Fly Room. She was the creative supervisor for the Fly Room set built at Pioneer Works in Brooklyn, which later transformed into an exhibit open to the public in July-August 2013 that she curated. From 2010-2012, she served as the Director of Development & New Media for Imagine Science Films. She will be heading into a Doctoral degree in neuroscience next year.

 


Julia Bloch / Editor

Julia Bloch is a New York-based film editor who has worked on a wide range of projects, including Terrence Malick's Palme d'Or winner The Tree of Life, a music video for R.E.M., and Blue Ruin, which premiered at the Directors' Fortnight in Cannes and was awarded the FIPRESCI (International Federation of Film Critics) prize. Before studying film at the European Film College in Ebeltoft, Denmark, Bloch received her B.A. in Comparative Literature from Columbia University and a Master's degree in literature at the Université de Haute Bretagne in Rennes, France. In 2011 Bloch received the Sundance Institute's inaugural editing fellowship in honor of Sally Menke.


 

Daniel Wohl / Composer

Paris born and New York-based composer Daniel Wohl has a background in electronic music and has worked with chamber ensembles and orchestras including the American Symphony Orchestra, Albany Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony, the Calder Quartet, eighth blackbird, New York Youth Symphony, Sō Percussion. He’s collaborated with artists Laurel Halo, Julia Holter, and Son Lux. In 2013 he recorded his debut album, Corps Exquis, for New Amsterdam Records.


 

Anna Yates / Production Designer

Anna is a production designer who has worked on the films The Fly Room, and She Lights Up Well, filmed in Detroit, and several shorts. She is currently working on But Not For Me a hip-hop musical set in New York City. Anna’s designs for theatre include The Dwarf, an opera at The Vertical Player Repertory, Figaro, The Liar and The Humans are in Trouble, and Careers for Attractive Ladies, which premiered at the Sydney Fringe Festival in 2010. Anna completed a Masters in Design for Stage and Film at Tisch, NYU, where she received the J.S. Seidman award for Excellence in Design. Anna is from Sydney, Australia, and currently lives in Brooklyn.

 


Brooke Cohen / Costume Designer

With a background in both theater and literature, Brooke came to costume design through a love for great stories and character foibles. Brooke has been a storyteller her whole life. Starting with words on a page, Brooke moved into the world of visual storytelling when she began designing costumes. Whether working on theater, film, dance, or any other project, Brooke’s focus is on exploring the essence of each character to get at the soul of the show. In May she completed her MFA in costume design from NYU’s Design for Stage and Film program, and looks forward to the projects ahead. When not designing, you can find Brooke atop a different sort of love—her horse, Zeus.

 


 

Catherine Chalmers / Insect Photography

Catherine Chalmers is a visual artists who lives and works in New York City. Her installations include photography, video, and sculpture, most often portraying insect subjects or small animals normally found in a scientific lab. She is widely known for her American Cockroach project, and is currently making new work in the Costa Rican jungle, bringing her artistic and scientific view of ants’ work and social life to light.


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