A book video for Robert Roper's noir thriller, The Savage Professor, published by Asahina & Wallace in April 2015, was produced by George Csicsery and Tal Skloot. See the two-minute dramatized video now posted on YouTube and at the publisher's website.
"After Prime Proof, an Unlikely Star Rises," an interview with mathematician Yitang Zhang by Thomas Lin, is published in the online Quanta Magazine. The article is introduced by the opening scene from Counting from Infinity.
The National Museum of Mathematics in New York City screens Counting from Infinity: Yitang Zhang and the Twin Prime Conjecture at 8 p.m. Stick around after the film to hear mathematician Joel Spencer discuss the impact this discovery has had on the world of mathematics.
Counting from Infinity: Yitang Zhang and the Twin Prime Conjecture was recently featured in a New Yorker article about Yitang Zhang and the gaps in the primes. George Csicsery filmed several conversations between Zhang and other mathematicians at MSRI, and only a fraction of those were used for the one-hour documentary. These interviews can be seen now on the MSRI website.
The world premiere of Counting from Infinity: Yitang Zhang and the Twin Prime Conjecture will be at the Joint Mathematics Meeting (JMM) in San Antonio, Texas on Saturday, January 10, 2015, 6:20 p.m. - 7:40 p.m.
The film is screening as an AMS-MAA Special Film Presentation at the Lila Cockrell Theatre, Convention Center. See more here.
12.21.2014, 12.24.2014 and 12.27.2014
Songs Along a Stony Road, the 2011 documentary by George Csicsery and Chris Teerink, will be broadcast in Hungary by Hír-TV on the network's Vetítő (Projection) series on Sunday, December 21, at 10:05 p.m., Wednesday, December 24, at 2:05 p.m., and Saturday, December 27, at 10:05 p.m. See MNO and Zalafilms.
The Navajo Sheep Problem was featured today in the New York Times' Numberplay Column. The Sheep Problem is one of the problems and activities collected by Dave Auckly, Ph.D., of Kansas State University for the Navajo Nation Math Circle Project documented in the film Navajo Math Circles.
11.04.2014 & 11.05.2014
A rough cut of Angel of Mercy will screen at two venues during Holocaust Education Week (November 2-9, 2014) in Toronto, Canada, thanks to the sponsorship of the Sarah and Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre
A closed morning program is planned at Blessed Cardinal Newman Catholic High School on November 4, sponsored by Hungarian Holocaust survivor Miriam Frankel, in memory of her loving parents, sisters and brother. The public is invited to a second screening on November 5 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Gabriel's Passionist Parish, 670 Sheppard Avenue East, Toronto, co-sponsored by the Embassy of Hungary in Canada and the Consulate General of Hungary in Toronto.
Zala Films is featured in the Oakland issue of CineSource Magazine. Read all about it here!
N is a Number: A Portrait of Paul Erdös (1993) will screen at the Jacob Burns Film Center, 364 Manville Road, Pleasantville, NY, on May 5, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. The screening, co-presented with the National Museum of Mathematics, will feature a Q&A and MATH PARTY with the mathematicians Ron Graham, Joel Spencer and Glen Whitney. Read all about it here.
People of the Current (1971) is now available on DVD from Amazon. The 1971 ethnographic documentary by anthropologist Thomas Kiefer and filmmaker George Csicsery is an early attempt to use 1/2-inch black and white reel-to-reel videotape for field recordings. The tape was then transferred to 16mm for editing, and the film was originally released in monochrome 16mm prints. Due to chronic insurgencies and warfare, for many years this film was the only window on the culture of the Tausug people who live in Jolo in the southern Philippines.
George Csicsery will present an 18-minute sample clip from Angel of Mercy: The Story of Sister Margaret Slachta at The Holocaust in Hungary, 70 Years on: New Perspectives, a conference to be held March 16-18, 2014, at Florida Gulf Coast University's Center for Judaic, Holocaust & Genocide Studies. The 18-minute sample reel can also be seen at the film's website.
Berkeley Rep's Monday Night PlayGround will present six plays on the theme, "A Passion for Primes." This year's collaboration between the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute and the Berkeley Repertory Theatre was inspired by the groundbreaking work of Yitang Zhang in 2013 on the Twin Prime Conjecture. Zala Films' George Csicsery began working on a documentary about Zhang and his successful result in September 2013, to be completed later in 2014.
Csicsery participated in discussions with the playwrights and showed them clips from the documentary before they set out to write their plays. He also participated in selecting the six plays to be performed on February 17, and will be one of the panelists alongside mathematicians and playwrights immediately before the Monday night performances. Read more about the 11th Annual Math Night and Monday Night PlayGround at Berkeley Rep.
Taking the Long View airs in Puerto Rico on 12/30/13 at midnight (that's Sunday night) on WMTJ in Fajardo, PR. Que bueno!
Taking the Long View will be screened at the Centre de recherches mathematiques, Universite de Montreal, on December 6, 2013, at 4 pm. George Csicsery will be present to discuss the film. Read more information here.
The CRM is located on the 5th floor of the Pavillon Andre-Aisenstadt. See building #20 on the campus map (PDF).
10.17.2013 & 10.18.2013
George Csicsery will conduct a master class on documentary films October 17 and 18 as part of the Fall 2013: Cinema Speaker Master Class Series at the Cinema Department of San Francisco State University. The theme of the film presentations and discussions with department grad students and faculty members is entitled Unlikely Films.
George Csicsery's documentary TROOP 214 (214-ES CSAPAT) (2008) will screen at the Chagrin Documentary Film Fest in Chagrin Falls, Ohio on Friday, October 4, at 7:30 p.m. at South Franklin Circle, 16575 South Franklin St., Chagrin Falls, Ohio 44022. Screening details here. Director George Csicsery will be present.
7.02.2013 & 7.03.2013
Erdös 100, celebrating the 100th birthday of Paul Erdös, premieres at two screenings at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Budapest, Hungary, on July 2 and 3 at 7 p.m. as part of the Erdös Centennial conference and celebrations, being held July 1 through 5. Filmmaker George Csicsery will be present.
Today would be Paul Erdös's 100th birthday. With newspapers all over the world honoring Erdös and his mathematical problems in today's editions, the Simons Foundation has featured a short clip of excerpts from N is a Number: A Portrait of Paul Erdös at its website.
Science Lives is a series of extended interviews with some of the giants of 20th-century mathematics and science. A short highlights film created by filmmaker George Csicsery to introduce the Science Lives project to attendees of the 2013 Joint Mathematics Meetings held in San Diego has been posted on the Web at the Science Lives site. This collection, organized in collaboration with Hugo Rossi of the University of Utah, provides an opportunity to watch these great men and women discuss their lives and their thinking about science and our world.
The second day of a four-film program of mathematics documentaries by George Csicsery at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco features N IS A NUMBER: A Portrait of Paul Erdos at 6 PM and 9:30 PM, and HARD PROBLEMS: The Road to the World’s Toughest Math Contest, showing at 8 PM. Visit the Roxie website for details or call 415.863.1087.
The Roxie Theater opens a four-film program of mathematics documentaries by George Csicsery with the San Francisco Bay Area premiere of TAKING THE LONG VIEW: The Life of Shiing-shen Chern, screening at 7:45 PM. There will also be two screenings of JULIA ROBINSON AND HILBERT'S TENTH PROBLEM, at 6:30 PM and 9 PM. Visit the Roxie website for details or call 415.863.1087.
2.23.2013 - 3.3.2013
19th Annual Sedona International Film Festival screens CHILD OF GIANTS: My Journey with Maynard Dixon and Dorothea Lange on Monday, February 25, at 9 AM, and Friday, March 1, at 3:15 PM, at the Harkins Theatres, 2081 W. State Route 89A, West Sedona, ph 928-282-1177. More details here.
CHILD OF GIANTS screens as part of the inaugural weekend of the new Marin History Museum at 1125 B Street, San Rafael, CA 94901, ph 415-454-8538. The MHM is also currently running a terrific exhibit of photographs entitled "Dorothea Lange at Steep Ravine." There will be a reception at 5:00 p.m., followed by the film screening at 6:00 p.m. Director Tom Ropelewski will be present for a Q&A afterward. Tickets are on sale at the door, with suggested donations of $5 for MHM members and $10 for the public.
For more information, please go to the museum website.
Taking the Long View: The Life of Shiing-shen Chern will be screened at the 2013 Joint Mathematics Meetings in San Diego.
Thursday January 10, 2013
6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
AMS-MAA Special Film Presentation
Taking the Long View: The Life of Shiing-shen Chern
Room 6AB, Upper Level, San Diego Convention Center
A 5-minute trailer for the Simons Foundation Science Lives series of science biography videos will be screened at the 2013 Joint Mathematics Meetings in San Diego in conjunction with a screening of Taking the Long View: The Life of Shiing-shen Chern.
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