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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.
Barcelona, 5th March 2015
Cast and crew
Lynn The actress asked not to be credited for personal reasons
Roosevelt (dog) Tina
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
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
Special thanks to Ricard Guerrero.
A ESTUDIPUCHE production with the collaboration of AVED PRODUCCIONES and INSTITUTE FOR CATALAN STUDIES.
No generator, no lights... no lights? No way. Two Iphones, a little torchlight and our cars were perfect for a night in a lake.
Shooting a scene that begins in the dark and ends in the magic hour it's just, magic.
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.
Speleologists lights were the best to move around the set and take a look to the planning.
Lynn Margulis' house, in Amherst, a beautiful place next to..., yes, Emily Dickinson's house, her favourite poet.
A beautiful museum is now inside the house of Emily Dickinson.