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Posted on Dec 10, 2014 in Video Projects

I.M. Gelfand – Documentary

I.M. Gelfand – Documentary

A Documentary Film – work in progress

Israel Gelfand is considered to be one of the greatest mathematicians of the 20th century. He was also my father. His significant contributions to mathematics are countless, unusually varied, and transformative. Or so I had been told. Among his achievements were well-known works in cell biology, joint works with medical doctors, and collaborations with physicists. Gelfand published over 800 papers and 30 books. I can count on one hand how many of those I read. He developed a revolutionary approach to teaching children advanced mathematics. And as his daughter, I was the beneficiary.
There is an Indian parable about the Blind Men and the Elephant. Six blind men wanted to learn what an elephant was. Each one touched a different part of the elephant’s body and claimed to know what an elephant was. And although each was partly right, not one of them had grasped what is an elephant.
The parable forgot to mention that it isn’t any easier for the daughter of the elephant to describe the elephant.
Who was he?
Five years after my father’s passing, with great trepidation, I find myself on a journey to find out who my father was. Where he came from. And how he came to immigrate with his new family to America, at the age of 76.
Only five years after Israel passed do I dare ask the questions that I have never dared to ask my father.
Papa, tell me your story. Tell me, where did you come from?

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Posted on Dec 5, 2014 in Video Projects, Why the Hell?!

“How Do I Look in this Dress?” – webseries

“How Do I Look in this Dress?” – webseries

In Episode 1 (Pilot), we’re introduced to our support group of clueless young men and their guru-in-the-ways-of-women, James Underhill. Three significant others have asked their men to comment on their new dresses, and the men fail miserably. They either try to dodge the question outright or give answers like, “Honey, you can pull off anything.” James gives them the secret, never-failing right answer.

Starring, in order of appearance:

:: Chelsea LaSage
:: Arthur Lazalde
:: Paul Young
:: Edward Brence
:: Alexandra Kopko
:: Collen Doyle
:: Lucy Gillespie
:: Dylan Combs
:: Brenan Grant


Co-Produced by Red Dancer, Tiger Belly, & One Forest Films

Written by Gordon Farrell

Directed by Tatiana Gelfand

Cinematographer, Jonathan Arevalo

Editors, David Uscinski & Tatiana Gelfand

Composer, Shane Searles


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