The Fly Room’s vibrant cast is a blend of emerging and professional actors, world’s leading minds in science and 10-year-old Zoe Brooks, who is making her feature film debut.
THE DIRECTORS STATEMENT
"I first learned about the Fly Room laboratory during a genetics seminar in graduate school. The boys in the lab, supervised by Thomas Hunt Morgan, worked on fruit flies and were the main forces behind the birth of modern genetics. My attention was caught by Calvin Bridges, a James Dean-flavored scientist whose quest for genetic answers clouded his ability to connect emotionally. While I was researching this historical era of science, I started my own research on fruit flies. A few years into my PhD, I serendipitously met Betsey, the 95-year old daughter of Calvin Bridges.
The Fly Room feature was born from a series of conversations with Betsey. After telling her about my work on flies, she opened up about her relationship with her father. I was compelled by the intimate tragedy of a little girl trying to decipher her father while he was simultaneously trying to decipher the genetic code. Her stories are charged with emotion and provide a complex view of her father and his scientific world."