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Zala Films producer/director George Csicsery joins mathematician Steven Strogatz on Monday, May 23, at 7 p.m. EDT at Starring Math, an online discussion of films that profile legendary mathematicians, presented by MoMath: the National Museum of Mathematics. Joining in the discussion of Secrets of the Surface: The Mathematical Vision of Maryam Mirzakhani, will be math and science writer Erica Klarreich, and math professor Amie Wilkinson, who both appear in the film. Learn more and register here.
Zala Films is pleased to announce the Second Edition of DVD and Bluray discs of Secrets of the Surface. The new discs feature the same film and extra features as the first edition, but with improvements in the Farsi subtitles, and new subtitles available in eight languages. Subtitles are available in French, Italian, Japanese, Farsi, Portuguese, Spanish and Turkish, in addition to the English open-captioned option. See the order form and flyer here.
The Virginia Commonwealth University Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics Colloquium presents producer/director George Csicsery, producer/director of Navajo Math Circles, on Friday, April 8, at 3 p.m., in a conversation about his work. Read more here.
An interview with filmmaker George Csicsery about his work on Secrets of the Surface was published in Kayhan Life, an English-language digital magazine dedicated to the global Iranian community. Read the article here.
Zala Films has completed production of twelve videos for the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM). A Seat at The Table - Association for Women in Mathematics: The First 50 Years, and a biographical interview with AWM's first president Mary Gray serve as anchor pieces. The series was produced over a two-year period with interviews conducted in honor of the Association for Women in Mathematics 50th Anniversary celebration. To watch, go to AWM's YouTube Channel.
Zala Films is pleased to announce that Secrets of the Surface: The Mathematical Vision of Maryam Mirzakhani airs on U.S. public television stations starting in March 2022 in celebration of Women's History Month. The film appears on public television stations via American Public Television (APT) beginning March 2, 2022. It will air on more than 120 stations via the PBS World Channel starting March 7. Check local listings and the Secrets of the Surface Airdates page.
Watch the broadcast of the excellent Q&A discussion about Secrets of the Surface and the legacy of Maryam Mirzakhani, which followed the Indiana University Cinema screening of the film on November 18.
Indiana University is hosting a virtual screening, followed by an interactive Q&A, of Secrets of the Surface on November 18, 2021, at 7 p.m. EST. Panelists include Drs. Hussein Banai of MIT; Laura DeMarco of Harvard University; and Shahyar Daneshgar, Shabnam Kavousian and Julia Plavnik, all of Indiana University. A limited number of complimentary passes will be available to watch the film on a first-come-first-served basis. The screening is sponsored by the Department of Mathematics, IU Center of Excellence for Women & Technology and the Department of Central Eurasian Studies.
Secrets of the Surface screens as part of the InScience Festival in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, which runs November 10-22. InScience and NEMO Kennislink have launched the online Science Film Club, which will host a discussion of the film and the theme of scientific breakthroughs on Friday, November 12, at 19:30.
Never-before-seen photographs of Paul Erdős grace the cover of a new book containing close to a dozen photos of the Hungarian mathematician by Zala Films producer George Csicsery that were taken between 1989 and 1991, many appearing for the first time in public. The Discrete Mathematical Charms of Paul Erdős by Vašek Chvátal is published by Cambridge University Press.

This captivating book provides an introduction to fundamental results of discrete mathematics through the work of Paul Erdős, blended with first-hand reminiscences of his work and life. Written for students, it covers topics ranging from Bertrand's postulate to evolution of random graphs and topics not typically covered in introductory courses.

The cover features four photos of Erdős by George Csicsery arranged in a pattern that is a tribute to the Beatles album cover for Let it Be. The book contains several favorable mentions of Csicsery’s 1993 film about Erdős, N is a Number: A Portrait of Paul Erdős.

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Secrets of the Surface
The Mathematical Vision of Maryam Mirzakhani

License to Tell
(in production)

Erdős 100 Plus

Navajo Math Circles

Child of Giants
My Journey with Maynard Dixon and Dorothea Lange

Gazing Into the Past
The Unbounded Vision of James Cahill
(a collaboration with Skip Sweeney; in production)

Something New
Every Day

The Math & Magic of Ron Graham

People of the Current

Counting from Infinity
Yitang Zhang and the Twin Prime Conjecture

Angel of Mercy
(in production; est. completion, 2023)

Taking the Long View
The Life of Shiing-shen Chern

Erdős 100

Hard Problems
The Road to the World's
Toughest Math Contest

To Prove and Conjecture
Excerpts from Three Lectures
by Paul Erdős

Where the Heart Roams

N is a Number
A Portrait of Paul Erdős

Troop 214
214-es Csapat

I Want to Be a Mathematician
A Conversation with Paul Halmos

Songs Along a Stony Road

The Right Spin

Julia Robinson
and Hilbert's Tenth Problem

Hungry for Monsters
A Tale from a New Age Witch Hunt

The Enchanted Mirror

The Thursday Club

porridge pulleys and Pi
Two Mathematical Journeys

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