A BEAUTIFUL EQUATION: Einstein, Bohr & Grandmothers

 A documentary by Robin Truesdale

A documentary about physics, fairy tales, and grandmothers!
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Who tells the best stories? Your grandmother!

When 80­ year-­old director Len Barron decides to cast eight grandmothers in his stage play about Albert Einstein and Niels Bohr, he expects his unconventional casting to illuminate the sense of wonder and playfulness he admires in the famous 20th century physicists. What he doesn’t expect is the depth and grace of the grandmothers’ performances, which captivate live audiences as the women reveal the untold chapters in the scientists’ biographies: not their genius, but their lifelong commitments to friendship, peace and education. But while the stories of Einstein and Niels Bohr are enchanting, the grandmothers steal the show. Behind the curtain, their intersecting life experiences create a new narrative of struggle and triumph, as a Latina abuela surmounts her struggles with spoken English, an African­ American grandma reflects on her lifelong fight for civil rights; and an Anglo grandmother recalls being a teenager during WWII. As the women progress from rehearsals to the stage, they reveal their own strengths ­­and remind us that one doesn’t have to be a genius to be inspiring. This film’s powerful message extends beyond age, gender, and even science – it’s an affirmation of the value of playfulness and imagination within us all.


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Director Robin Truesdale is an independent filmmaker in Boulder, Colorado. A Beautiful Equation is her directorial debut. She is also the film’s producer, writer, and editor.

Robin began her career as a news editor for a Denver television station. Her passion for documentary filmmaking surfaced in 2003 during her Master’s Degree program in Journalism at the University of Colorado. After years of constructing news and educational stories through video, she was introduced to documentary film’s powerful potential to communicate deeper stories about people, cultures, and issues of the times. She continues to work as a video producer and editor while also spending much of her time and resources creating independent films.

Her credits include Tumbuka Bloom, a documentary about gender inequality in Zimbabwe that was supported by a National Geographic All Roads grant. In 2006, she co-produced and edited Conviction with Brenda Truelson Fox and Denise Gentilini. The politically charged film received numerous awards at film festivals nationwide, including the “Must See” Award at Telluride Mountainfilm. (http://robintruesdale.com/)