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An emotional portrait

When the American scientist Lynn Margulis passed away, in November 2011, I was shocked in a weird way. And I said “weird” because I have never met Lynn Margulis, but of course I knew who she was. National Medal of Science, mother of four children, she developed a new theory to understand thoroughly evolution, but her work is still in the dark for the big audience.

 

After her death, I started to surf networks, looking for reactions. There was one in Twitter that attracted my attention. A man said: "Am I the only one who thinks that Meryl Streep will be a great Lynn Margulis?". I thought he was right and from that second until now I couldn't stop thinking about making a movie about her. So the first impulse was to record something about her, and that “something” is the short film we are going to see.

 

You are going to see the emotional reaction of women that work with her and were friends of Lynn Margulis. Those interviews were so close to her death that it will be impossible to repeat them. They are passionately memories and draw us a personal portrait of Lynn Margulis.

 

I still remember the only time I saw her. It was in Barcelona, Spain, where I live. She was offering a talk about the origin of life. The room was full of people and I think all of us felt the same: she was comforting. I guess is the feeling you have when you are close to truth, even if you know it's so impossible to achieve it.

 

I really hope you enjoy this little tribute to a brilliant woman.

 

Carme Puche

Barcelona, 5th March 2015

 

Cast and crew

 

Cast

Lynn                      The actress asked not to be credited for personal reasons
Roosevelt (dog)    Tina

 

Interviews with
Marisa Castro, University of Vigo 
Marta Estrada, Institute of Marine Sciences-CSIC 
Mercè Piqueras, Catalan Association for Scientific Communication 
Montse Vallmitjana, Ernest Lluch High School 
Lois Brynes, Deep Time Associates 
Marie-Odile Gobillard, Arago Laboratory 
Bego Vendrell, Institute of Marine Sciences-CSIC 
Carmen Chica, International Microbiology 

 

Crew

Carme Puche-Moré II Director
Carme Moré I Carles Puche II Producers
Sergio Álvarez-Napagao II Cinematography
Javier Rueda II Camera operator
Pilar M. Alaez II Camera operator (interviews)
Luz López II Assistant director
Mònica Alias II Assistant script
Jordi Rabascall II Sound design
RR Anguera I Iban Granero II Sound assistant
Beth Bardají II Actress assistant
Badó Renau II Runner

 

Thanks

Special thanks to Ricard Guerrero.

 

A ESTUDIPUCHE production with the collaboration of AVED PRODUCCIONES and INSTITUTE FOR CATALAN STUDIES. 

 

    Making of  

Sharpen light
Sharpen light

No generator, no lights... no lights? No way. Two Iphones, a little torchlight and our cars were perfect for a night in a lake.

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Into the woods
Into the woods

Shooting a scene that begins in the dark and ends in the magic hour it's just, magic.

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In the dark
In the dark

In the deep dark night of a forest, every detail become important, but it's not the case of this plant: it was just there, looking for a minute of fame.

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Speleologists for a script
Speleologists for a script

Speleologists lights were the best to move around the set and take a look to the planning.

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Lynn Margulis' house
Lynn Margulis' house

Lynn Margulis' house, in Amherst, a beautiful place next to..., yes, Emily Dickinson's house, her favourite poet.

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Emily Dickinson's house
Emily Dickinson's house

A beautiful museum is now inside the house of Emily Dickinson.

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