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My Love Affair with the Brain: The Life and Science of Dr. Marian Diamond

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Sunday, May 8, 2016 - 6:30pm

My Love Affair with the Brain: The Life and Science of Dr. Marian Diamond

Catherine Ryan and Gary Weimberg | 
USA |
 2015 | 
65 minutes

How can you not fall in love with a woman who carries around a preserved human brain inside a giant flowery hat box? Meet Dr. Marian Diamond, renowned academic and research scientist, and prepare to be smitten. Catherine Ryan and Gary Weimberg’s film follows this remarkable woman over a 5-year period and introduces the viewer to both her many scientific accomplishments and the warm, funny, and thoroughly charming woman herself, who describes her 60-year career researching the human brain as “pure joy.” As one of the founders of modern neuroscience, it’s no exaggeration to say that Dr. Diamond changed science, and society at large in dramatic ways over the course of her career. Her groundbreaking work is all the more remarkable because it began during an era when so few women entered science at all. Shouted at from the back of the conference hall by noteworthy male academics as she presented her research, and disparaged in the scientific journals of a more conservative era, Dr. Diamond simply did the work and followed where her curiosity led her, bringing about a paradigm shift (or two) in the process. As she points out, in order to get to the answers that matter, you have to start by asking the right questions. -AW

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Filmmaker

Catherine Ryan and Gary Weimberg

Catherine Ryan and Gary Weimberg have spent the last three decades making documentaries that have been nominated for 5 Emmy Awards, won 2 Emmies, been short-listed for Oscars, and have been broadcast on ABC, PBS, FOX, WB and for clients such as AT&T, MasterCard, Sears, Johnson & Johnson, Kodak, San Francisco MOMA, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Lucasfilm, American Zoetrope, and others.