Meet Dr. Marian Diamond as she pulls a human brain out of a hatbox and lovingly enumerates its astonishing qualities. A mad scientist? Quite the opposite. In this energetic documentary, Dr. Diamond is revealed as one of the great minds—one of the founders, in fact—of modern neuroscience. If her name isn’t yet as familiar as that of Marie Curie, it will be: Dr. Diamond’s unprecedented work includes theorizing and proving previously unimagined brain capabilities, analyzing Albert Einstein’s preserved brain, and building a scientific and academic career that broke barriers for women in science. Much like the old adage about Ginger Rogers doing it all backwards and in heels, Dr. Diamond achieved every success with steely determination behind astonishing positivity, warmth, and magnetism. Watch this to learn about an amazing woman, a brilliant scientist, a fascinating branch of scientific research, and about the core element that fuels great achievement in all endeavors: love.
Guests in attendance 10/13, 10/14 & 10/15: Catherine Ryan & Gary Weimberg (co-directors)
A Love Poem for My Friend Ethel
US 2016, 24 min Director Wendy Slick
A tribute to Ethel Seiderman, an 85-year-old early childhood education activist and pioneer who’s had a lasting impact on the children of the Bay Area.
Guests in attendance 10/13, 10/14 & 10/15: Wendy Slick (director, co-producer), Joan Saffa (co-producer)
Thanks to our Community Partner the Berkeley FILM Foundation and UC Berkeley