Best in Festival – Audience Award
RiverRun International Film Festival, Winston-Salem, NC
140 films screened, 1500 films submitted, 16,000 voting audience … and one ‘Best in Festival’
How can you not fall in love with a woman who carries around a preserved human brain inside a giant flowery hat box? Meet Dr. Marian Diamond, renowned academic and research scientist, and prepare to be smitten.
Catherine Ryan and Gary Weimberg’s film follows this remarkable woman over a 5-year period and introduces the viewer to both her many scientific accomplishments and the warm, funny, and thoroughly charming woman herself, who describes her 60-year career researching the human brain as “pure joy.”
As one of the founders of modern neuroscience, it’s no exaggeration to say that Dr. Diamond changed science, and society at large in dramatic ways over the course of her career. Her groundbreaking work is all the more remarkable because it began during an era when so few women entered science at all. Shouted at from the back of the conference hall by noteworthy male academics as she presented her research, and disparaged in the scientific journals of a more conservative era, Dr. Diamond simply did the work and followed where her curiosity led her, bringing about a paradigm shift (or two) in the process.
As she points out, in order to get to the answers that matter, you have to start by asking the right questions.
Welcome to the story of Dr. Marian Diamond and her passion for the human brain.
Enrichment, plasticity – capabilities of the brain we now take for granted – were the scientific battleground where Dr. Marian Diamond decisively challenged the old view and changed forever our paradigm for understanding the brain … and all our lives as well. What she revealed about the brain allows us to get the most out of our brain, not just as children but for our entire lives.
Her YouTube lecture series has almost 2 million hits.
She did the first-ever scientific analysis of the most famous brain ever, Albert Einstein.
She is a beloved professor, worthy role model especially for women and girls in science, and all round brain-whisperer.
The documentary is part biography, part scientific adventure story, part inspirational tale – filmed over 5 years. It will be launched on TV, on the web and with a public-engagement-in-science educational campaign centering on the brain, the delights of scientific curiosity and the possibilities of a life in science.
Produced and released in collaboration with AAAS (the American Association for the Advancement of Science) and Scientific American Magazine.
We hope to engage with you, and audiences everywhere, around
- the brain,
- curiosity, the natural human desire to know more,
- about science,
- about a lifetime in science, its joys and tribulations,
- about women and girls in science,
- and certainly … around Dr. Marian Diamond herself, her teaching, her research, and lifelong career of celebrating curiosity.
- Dr. Diamond’s biography in The History of Neuroscience
- Her famous YouTube Anatomy lecture series, class 1
- The Other Brain – a book which begins with Dr. Diamond’s investigation into Einstein’s Brain
- “The way Marian Diamond inspired me …” a Tedx talk about the brain and exercise by Dr. Wendy Suzuki
- Dr. Diamond in the SF Chronicle