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May 7, 2014: Zala Films is featured in the Oakland issue of CineSource Magazine. Read all about it here!

May 5, 2014: N is a Number: A Portrait of Paul Erdös (1993) will screen at the Jacob Burns Film Center, 364 Manville Road, Pleasantville, NY, on May 5, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. The screening, co-presented with the National Museum of Mathematics, will feature a Q&A and MATH PARTY with the mathematicians Ron Graham, Joel Spencer and Glen Whitney. Read all about it here.

April 16, 2014: People of the Current (1971) is now available on DVD from Amazon. The 1971 ethnographic documentary by anthropologist Thomas Kiefer and filmmaker George Csicsery is an early attempt to use 1/2-inch black and white reel-to-reel videotape for field recordings. The tape was then transferred to 16mm for editing, and the film was originally released in monochrome 16mm prints. Due to chronic insurgencies and warfare, for many years this film was the only window on the culture of the Tausug people who live in Jolo in the southern Philippines.

March 17, 2014: George Csicsery will present an 18-minute sample clip from Angel of Mercy: The Story of Sister Margaret Slachta at The Holocaust in Hungary, 70 Years on: New Perspectives, a conference to be held March 16-18, 2014, at Florida Gulf Coast University's Center for Judaic, Holocaust & Genocide Studies. The 18-minute sample reel can also be seen at the film's website.

February 17, 2014: Berkeley Rep's Monday Night PlayGround will present six plays on the theme, "A Passion for Primes." This year's collaboration between the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute and the Berkeley Repertory Theatre was inspired by the groundbreaking work of Yitang Zhang in 2013 on the Twin Primes Conjecture. Zala Films' George Csicsery began working on a documentary about Zhang and his successful result in September 2013, to be completed later in 2014.

Csicsery participated in discussions with the playwrights and showed them clips from the documentary before they set out to write their plays. He also participated in selecting the six plays to be performed on February 17, and will be one of the panelists alongside mathematicians and playwrights immediately before the Monday night performances. Read more about the 11th Annual Math Night and Monday Night PlayGround at Berkeley Rep.

December 30, 2013: Taking the Long View airs in Puerto Rico on 12/30/13 at midnight (that's Sunday night) on WMTJ in Fajardo, PR. Que bueno!

December 6, 2013: Taking the Long View: The Life of Shiing-shen Chern will be screened at the Centre de recherches mathematiques, Universite de Montreal, on December 6, 2013, at 4 pm. George Csicsery will be present to discuss the film. See: http://www.crm.math.ca/Csicsery. The CRM is located on the 5th floor of the Pavillon Andre-Aisenstadt. See building #20 on the campus map (PDF).

October 17, 2013 and October 18, 2013: George Csicsery will conduct a master class on documentary films October 17 and 18 as part of the Fall 2013: Cinema Speaker Master Class Series at the Cinema Department of San Francisco State University. The theme of the film presentations and discussions with department grad students and faculty members is entitled Unlikely Films.

October 4, 2013: George Csicsery's documentary TROOP 214 (214-ES CSAPAT) (2008) will screen at the Chagrin Documentary Film Fest in Chagrin Falls, Ohio on Friday, October 4, at 7:30 p.m. at South Franklin Circle, 16575 South Franklin St., Chagrin Falls, Ohio 44022. Screening details here. Director George Csicsery will be present.

July 2, 2013 & July 3, 2013: Erdős 100, celebrating the 100th birthday of Paul Erdős, premieres at two screenings at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Budapest, Hungary, on July 2 and 3 at 7 p.m. as part of the Erdős Centennial conference and celebrations, being held July 1 through 5. Filmmaker George Csicsery will be present.

March 26, 2013: Today would be Paul Erdős's 100th birthday. With newspapers all over the world honoring Erdős and his mathematical problems in today's editions, the Simons Foundation has featured a short clip of excerpts from N is a Number: A Portrait of Paul Erdős at its website.

March 20, 2013: Science Lives is a series of extended interviews with some of the giants of 20th-century mathematics and science. A short highlights film created by filmmaker George Csicsery to introduce the Science Lives project to attendees of the 2013 Joint Mathematics Meetings held in San Diego has been posted on the Web at the Science Lives site. This collection, organized in collaboration with Hugo Rossi of the University of Utah, provides an opportunity to watch these great men and women discuss their lives and their thinking about science and our world.

March 20, 2013: The second day of a four-film program of mathematics documentaries by George Csicsery at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco features N IS A NUMBER: A Portrait of Paul Erdos at 6 PM and 9:30 PM, and HARD PROBLEMS: The Road to the World's Toughest Math Contest, showing at 8 PM. Visit the Roxie website for details or call 415.863.1087.

March 18, 2013: The Roxie Theater opens a four-film program of mathematics documentaries by George Csicsery with the San Francisco Bay Area premiere of TAKING THE LONG VIEW: The Life of Shiing-shen Chern, screening at 7:45 PM. There will also be two screenings of JULIA ROBINSON AND HILBERT'S TENTH PROBLEM, at 6:30 PM and 9 PM. Visit the Roxie website for details or call 415.863.1087.

March 4, 2013: "Seeing Further with Nelson Blachman," a five-minute production by Zala Films about mathematician Nelson Blachman is on YouTube and was published in the NYT Wordplay blog.

February 23, 2013-March 3, 2013: 19th Annual Sedona International Film Festival screens CHILD OF GIANTS: My Journey with Maynard Dixon and Dorothea Lange on Monday, February 25, at 9 AM, and Friday, March 1, at 3:15 PM, at the Harkins Theatres, 2081 W. State Route 89A, West Sedona, ph 928-282-1177. More details here.

February 2, 2013: CHILD OF GIANTS screens as part of the inaugural weekend of the new Marin History Museum at 1125 B Street, San Rafael, CA 94901, ph 415-454-8538. The MHM is also currently running a terrific exhibit of photographs entitled "Dorothea Lange at Steep Ravine." There will be a reception at 5:00 p.m., followed by the film screening at 6:00 p.m. Director Tom Ropelewski will be present for a Q&A afterward. Tickets are on sale at the door, with suggested donations of $5 for MHM members and $10 for the public. For more information, please go to the museum website.

January 10, 2013: Taking the Long View: The Life of Shiing-shen Chern will be screened at the 2013 Joint Mathematics Meetings in San Diego.

Thursday January 10, 2013
6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
AMS-MAA Special Film Presentation
Taking the Long View: The Life of Shiing-shen Chern
Room 6AB, Upper Level, San Diego Convention Center

January 10, 2013: A 5-minute trailer for the Simons Foundation Science Lives series of science biography videos will be screened at the 2013 Joint Mathematics Meetings in San Diego in conjunction with a screening of Taking the Long View: The Life of Shiing-shen Chern.

Thursday January 10, 2013
6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
AMS-MAA Special Film Presentation
Taking the Long View: The Life of Shiing-shen Chern
Room 6AB, Upper Level, San Diego Convention Center

November 24, 2012: Songs Along a Stony Road will be screened at the 2nd International Folk Music Film Festival "Music for Life, Music for Survival" on 23-25 November 2012.
Sarwanam Theatre
Kalikasthan, Dillibazar, Kathmandu

Tickets 50/- 100/- 500/- 1000/- 5000/-
Contact 9841058447 or 9841373222
http://www.facebook.com/infim2012
Organized by Music Museum of Nepal

September 24, 2012: CHILD OF GIANTS: My Journey with Maynard Dixon and Dorothea Lange, a film by Tom Ropelewski co-produced by George Csicsery, will be showing with PIRKLE JONES: Seven Decades Photographed, a film by Jane Reed, at the Roxie Theater, 3117 16th Street, San Francisco, on September 24, 2012, at 7:30 PM. See the Roxie program.

September 14, 2012: N is a Number: A Portrait of Paul Erdős will be screened at the first Science Park Amsterdam Film Festival (SPAFF) In Amsterdam, Netherlands on September 14, 2012.

July 13, 2012: The PBS series POV is streaming George Csicsery's feature documentary Where the Heart Roams online from the POV website for a year through July 13, 2013.

The POV site also features a July 2012 interview with George Csicsery about the making of Where the Heart Roams. The 1987 film about romance writers and their fans on a rail journey across the United States was first broadcast on POV in 1991.

July 12, 2012: Zala Films announces the San Francisco Bay Area premiere screening of Songs Along a Stony Road at the Roxie Theater, 3117 16thStreet, San Francisco, on Thursday, July 12, 2012, at 7 PM and 9 PM. The film is showing with Sprout Wings and Fly, a film by Les Blank. Filmmakers George Csicsery and Les Blank will be present. See the Roxie program.

July 6, 2012: The July-August 2012 issue of Video Librarian gives Songs Along a Stony Road a three-star review.

July 6, 2012: Zala Films has just completed production of the trailer for Don Lattin's book "Distilled Spirits", to be published by UC Press in October 2012.

July 1, 2012: Zala Films is pleased to announce a DVD release of the haunting 1977 short film Tealia directed by George Csicsery and produced by Ellen Kutten. The ten-minute ballet by John McFall featuring Betsy Erickson and Vane Vest of the San Francisco Ballet was filmed in 16mm, and won numerous awards at festivals in 1977 and 1978.

June 26, 2012: The San Francisco Classical Voice gives its review of Songs Along a Stony Road in a review title Another Zoltán Explores the Roots of Music.

May 3, 2012: The May 2012 issue of Cine Source, billed as the Oakland issue, features an article about George Csicsery and the last two years at Zala Films.

May 1, 2012: The May-June 2012 issue of Video Librarian has a review of Taking the Long View: The Life of Shiing-Shen Chern, giving the film three stars.

April 30, 2012: Taking the Long View was screened as a Mathematics Department Special Event at the University of California, San Diego.

April 29, 2012: Songs Along a Stony Road was screened at the Hungarian House in San Diego.

March 31-August 19, 2012: Excerpted sequences from George Csicsery's 1970 film "Let's Get it Over With!" will be featured as part of the Oakland Museum of California exhibit "All Of Us Or None: Social Justice Posters of the San Francisco Bay Area", which opens on March 31.

The sequences were filmed during May 1970 at the poster workshops at UC Berkeley's Wurster Hall. The clips are looped and will run continuously whenever the exhibition is open. For more information, see: Oakland Museum of California.

March 2012: In March of 2011, Zala Films began producing short video segments for the Gathering For Gardner Foundation (G4G), a non-profit corporation that works to honor the achievements of Martin Gardner by promoting the lucid exposition of new and accessible ideas in recreational mathematics, magic, puzzles, and philosophy. The first Web-destined series of 19 video sequences featuring Scott Kim and Karl Schaffer have been posted by G4G at their YouTube channel. These sequences feature Scott and Karl talking about Gardner's influence on their lives and thinking, and show them creating geometrical shapes with their hands, and with string.

For more information, see: Gathering For Gardner (G4G)
To view the videos, see: YouTube videos

March 1, 2012: Zala Films is proud to be associated with the production of the Simons Foundation's Science Lives video project presenting long-form, detailed interviews with prominent mathematicians and scientists for the Web.

The Science Lives project showcases a series of extended interviews with some of the giants of twentieth century mathematics and science. The collection, organized in collaboration with Hugo Rossi of the University of Utah, provides scientists, historians and students the opportunity to see and hear these great men and women discuss their lives and their thinking about their science and our world.

Zala Films has taped fifteen interviews for the project since October 2010, with several more scheduled for filming in 2012.

The first three interviews posted on https://simonsfoundation.org/mps-science-lives are with mathematicians Friedrich Hirzebruch, Yuri Manin, and Nobel Prize winning physicist C. N. Yang.

Explore Science Lives here.

November 17, 2011: Taking the Long View to screen in Paris at IHES as part of the Centenaire de Shiing-shen Chern

October 2011: The feature length version of Taking the Long View: The Life of Shiing-shen Chern was completed during October. The 54-minute film had it's world premiere screening at the Chern Centennial Conference at the Chern Institute of Mathematics (CIM) in Tianjin, China on October 24. The Chern Centennial Conference continues at MSRI in Berkeley, where the film will screen again on October 30.

The 54-minute film is also being released as a DVD with 35 minutes of extra features, available from MSRI on October 30, 2011.

October 2, 2011: Julia Robinson and Hilbert's Tenth Problem will start appearing on public television stations via syndication by American Public Television (APT) www.aptonline.org. Preparation of the broadcast version of the film was made possible with support from the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) and a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Public television stations will be able to schedule broadcasts through September 2014. See: http://bit.ly/qIn4sv

September 22, 2011 & September 25, 2011: Songs Along a Stony Road, a film by George Csicsery and Chris Teerink, will have its European premiere at the Netherlands Film Festival, running September 21-30 in Utrecht. Screenings are Thursday, September 22, at 6:00 PM (donderdag 22-09-2011 om 18:00 uur in Hoogt 2) and Sunday, September 25, at 10:15 PM (zondag 25-09-2011 om 22:15 uur in Hoogt 2).

For more information, visit the festival website after September 7, or contact Chris Teerink. See information about the film in English and Hungarian at www.zalafilms.com.

September 16, 2011: Child of Giants: My Journey with Maynard Dixon and Dorothea Lange will screen at the Oakland Museum of California on Friday, September 16, at 7 PM. This screening is free. http://bit.ly/q4hOQa

September 4, 2011: The Glen Rose Neo-Relix Film Festival in Glen Rose, Texas named Child of Giants: My Journey with Maynard Dixon and Dorothea Lange as BEST FEATURE FILM this Labor Day weekend.

July 25, 2011: Zala Films is pleased to announce publication of Almost a Soldier: The 1945 Diary of a Hungarian Cadet by Sigmund Csicsery. The paperback is the first book to be published by Zala Films. This English translation by George Csicsery from the Hungarian original features original hand-drawn illustrations by the author. ISBN 978-09-7245-888-7 See: www.almostasoldier.com

July 24, 2011: Child of Giants: My Journey with Maynard Dixon and Dorothea Lange will have its television broadcast premiere on KQED, San Francisco's PBS affiliate, as part of its TRULY CA documentary series on Sunday, July 24 at 5:30 PM, with special Encore presentations on Monday, July 25 at 8:00 PM and Tuesday, July 26 at 2:00 AM. See www.kqed.org. For more information about Child of Giants, see www.childofgiants.com

April 17, 2011: Songs Along a Stony Road, a feature documentary about Transylvania's folk musicians filmed between 1999 and 2006, made with Dutch filmmaker Chris Teerink, will have its world premiere screening at the Chicago International Movies & Music Festival on April 17, 2011. The film will screen at the Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater, 78 E. Washington Street on Sunday, April 17, 2011 at 12 noon. George Csicsery will be present to answer questions. Click here for more information.

March 2, 2011: N is a Number: A Portrait of Paul Erdős is now available for streaming at FORA.tvFilms. It is one of the first documentaries offered as part of FORA.tv's new service.
FORA.tv announced its new venture for offering documentaries for streaming in a press release on March 2, 2011.

February 25, 2011: "The Geometry of Eero Saarinen's Gateway Arch," a 46-minute video of mathematician Robert Osserman's October 2010 presentation at the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, was completed by Zala Films in February 2011. The video in which Osserman discusses Saarinen's soaring architectural sculpture masterpiece in St. Louis, Missouri, is now live at the Simons Foundation web site.

November 29, 2010: George Csicsery will show two recent short films, Taking the Long View and On Mathematical Grounds, and discuss the process of making documentaries about mathematicians at the Berliner Colloquium für Wissenschaftliche Visualisierung (Berlin Colloquium on Scientific Visualization). http://bit.ly/fukcV9

November 15, 2010: Whole Earth Films releases a newly mastered DVD of "Hookers" a 1975 documentary made by George Csicsery and Max Scherr about a labor union for prostitutes in San Francisco. http://wholeearthfilms.com/hookers.html

October 25-26, 2010: George Csicsery and Zala Films begin production of two mathematical oral histories, taping interviews with Yuri Manin in Evanston, Illinois, and with Paul Sally at the University of Chicago. Material from these interviews is destined for Web-based distribution as part of an initiative of the Simons Foundation.

October 14, 2010: The death of Constance Reid is a loss to the mathematics community, and especially to those who worked closely with her. Constance was one of the greats of mathematical biographies. Her passionate participation and perseverance over nine years of production made it possible to complete Julia Robinson and Hilbert's Tenth Problem (2008), a film about her sister, and her involvement in the solution of an important Hilbert problem. http://nyti.ms/deAoVW.

October 14, 2010: Troop 214 (214-es Csapat) screens Thursday, October 14, from 9 to 10 p.m., as part of the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association (RMMLA) Convention, being held October 14 to 16 at the Hotel Albuquerque in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Filmmaker George Csicsery will participate in a panel discussion, Trends in 20th Century Hungarian Film and Literature, from 8:30 to 10 a.m., October 14.

October 2010: Child of Giants premieres at the 2010 Mill Valley Film Festival. George Csicsery was Supervising Producer on this feature documentary about Daniel Dixon, son of photographer Dorothea Lange and painter Maynard Dixon.

September 2010: Mud Bricks at the Top of the World a 10-minute documentary produced by Class Productions, completed post-production at Zala Films. The film is about an innovative architectural project of BASIC Initiative organized by Sergio Palleroni. Director Steve Kovács filmed at the Druk White Lotus School at Shey, Ladakh, India in July 2010. The film was edited by Tal Skloot. George Csicsery was associate producer.

Mud Bricks at the Top of the World premieres at HRH The Prince of Wales' Start Initiative's 'A Garden Party to Make a Difference' at Marlborough House, London, September 8-19, 2010.

August 22, 2010 : A new 53-minute Hungarian version of Troop 214/214-es Csapat will screen on HÍR TV in Hungary on its Vetitő program on Sunday, August 22, at 10:06 p.m., with repeats on Thursday, August 26, at 3:06 p.m. and Saturday, August 28, at 11:06 p.m. See:
http://www.hirtv.hu/?tPath=/tvmusor&viewprogram_date=2010-08-22

http://port.hu/214-es_csapat/pls/fi/films.film_page?i_perf_id=13440660&i_topic_id=1

http://port.hu/pls/tv/tv.channel?i_ch=10&i_date=2010-08-22

August 19, 2010: Taking the Long View: The Life of Shiing-shen Chern will have its premiere screening during the presentation of the first-ever Chern prize at the International Congress of Mathematics (ICM) in Hyderabad, India on August 19, 2010. See www.icm2010.org.in/imu-prizes.

Zala Films was commissioned to produce the 16-minute commemorative film about mathematician S. S. Chern by the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI). It is the first of two films in production about Chern. A longer full biographical film is scheduled for completion and DVD release in September 2011. Taking the Long View will soon be available for viewing at www.takingthelongviewfilm.com.

August 1, 2010: Songs Along a Stony Road screens daily at the exhibition, Between East and West - Folk Art Treasures of Romania, at the Mingei International Museum, 1439 El Prado - on the Plaza de Panama, San Diego. The exhibition runs from August 1, 2010 to April 3, 2011.

June 6-13, 2010: Concordia's Summer Camp in mathematics and computer science, June 6-13, 2010, is showing different films by George Csicsery on each day of its program, with seven documentaries by Csicsery showing during the week-long camp. See http://bit.ly/aTxjIj for more information.

April 1, 2010: N is a Number: A Portrait of Paul Erdös won the audience favorite Ember Judit Award at the First Hungarian Documentary Short & Short Film Festival of Los Angeles, held March 25-31. The festival's only award, named after Hungarian director Judit Ember, was announced by Los Angeles Hungarian Consul Balàzs Bokor on April 1. The festival, organized by the Consulate General of Hungary in cooperation with the William Fox Hungarian Film Club, the United Hungarian House and Bunyik Entertainment, featured 28 films by Hungarian directors living in Hungary, the USA and Canada.

See http://bit.ly/b8RWyr and http://bit.ly/djhGeh.

April 2010: With the generous help of mathematicians Fan Chung Graham and Ronald Graham, the full 18 hours of film shot for the documentary, N is a Number: A Portrait of Paul Erdös, has been transferred to digital format from the original 16mm negative. The material includes the outtakes of interviews filmed between 1988 and 1991 in four countries with Paul Erdös and many other mathematicians who participated in the original project, including Fan Chung Graham, Ron Graham, Béla Bollobás, András Hajnal, Vera Sós, Márta Svéd, Tomasz Luczak, Michal Karonski, Joel Spencer, and Herb Wilf. This material has now been preserved digitally, and will be available for archival purposes, and selectively for other documentary projects.

The four-month process involved replacing the 16mm positive workprint in 36 half-hour sync rolls with negative that was cut to sync with the audio by Gibbs Chapman. Each roll was then transferred to Digibeta tape, and to a G-Force hard drive at Monaco Laboratories in San Francisco by John Carlson. DVD copies of each roll were made for reference.

March 28, 2010: N is a Number: A Portrait of Paul Erdös will screen at The First Hungarian Documentary & Short Film Festival of Los Angeles, presented by The Consulate General of Hungary in cooperation with the William Fox Hungarian Film Club and the United Hungarian House of Los Angeles. The screening is at 6:30 PM. George Csicsery will participate in a panel discussion moderated by Professor Gabor Kalman and Consul General Balàzs Bokor immediately preceding the film.

United Hungarian House of Los Angeles
1975 W. Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90018
www.magyarhazla.com
March 25-31, 2010

For the festival program, go to http://bit.ly/aV45rU

February 15, 2010: The Oakbook reprints the Cine Source interview with George Csicsery by Doniphan Blair. Read it at http://bit.ly/bem0g5.

February 2010: The February 2010 issue of Cine Source Magazine features an interview with George Csicsery by Doniphan Blair: Csicsery: Math Films, Yes - But So Much More. Read it at http://bit.ly/d1uJBh

January 4, 2010: George Csicsery interview by Michael Fox in SF360.
George Csicsery aces "Hard Problems" focuses on the making of Hard Problems, George Csicsery's career in math-related documentaries, and the difficulties faced by independents in the changing distribution environment. Read the interview at http://tinyurl.com/yfbql79.

November 5-8, 2009: Julia Robinson and Hilbert's Tenth Problem has been selected to screen at the International Scientific Film Festival held in Szolnok, Hungary, November 5 - 8, 2009. Please visit this site for more information: http://www.tiszamozi.hu/filmszemle/2009/vetitendofilmek.asp

October 4, 2009: Hard Problems going to television...
A one-hour version of Hard Problems will be distributed to U.S. public broadcasting stations on an exclusive basis by American Public Television (APT) starting October 4, 2009 through 2013. See aptonline.org. Underwriting for the broadcast was made possible with a grant from the National Science Foundation.

September 30, 2009: The Mathematical Sciences Research Institute presents the Northern California premiere of Hard Problems at a special screening at MSRI's Simons Auditorium in Berkeley, California. The event, combined with a reception before the screening and a panel discussion following the film, features students in the film, and participants in the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) program. See http://www.msri.org/specials/hardproblems.

May 15, 2009: Excerpts from Troop 214 will be shown as part of a talk by George Csicsery at American Hungarian Educators' Association 34th Annual Conference to be held at the Bechtel Engineering Center at UC Berkeley May 14-16, 2009. The theme of the 2009 conference is "Hungarians in the New World." 3:45-5:45 at the Bechtel Engineering Center, UC Berkeley. See: http://hungaria.org/uploaded/documents/ahea.program.final4.pdf

April 16, 2009: N is a Number: A Portrait of Paul Erdös will screen at Edinburgh's Filmhouse as part of Science Festival 2009. The screening will be followed by audience discussion about mathematicians in the movies. Organized by the International Centre for Mathematical Sciences.

February 22, 2009: The San Francisco Bay Area premiere of Troop 214 will occur on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2009, 2:00 pm at the Woodside Priory, 302 Portola Road, Portola Valley, CA 94028. The event is sponsored by A Magyar Katolikus Misszió/Hungarian Catholic Mission as part of The Hungarian Cultural Year 2009. The program includes an exhibition of works by Hungarian painters starting at 1 p.m. and a screening of the film at 2 p.m. at the Woodside Priory Auditorium.

January 6, 2009: George Csicsery, an independent filmmaker and principal of Zala Films, is the recipient of the 2009 JPBM Communications Award, presented at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in Washington, D.C. Presented annually by the Joint Policy Board for Mathematics, this award recognizes outstanding achievement in communicating about mathematics to nonmathematicians. The JPBM represents the American Mathematical Society, the American Statistical Association, the Mathematical Association of America, and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics. For details, see the AMS news release and the prize booklet (pdf file).

November 29, 2008: The Hungarian Association, an international organization founded in Cleveland, Ohio in 1951, with current membership around the world, has inducted George Paul Csicsery into the Arpad Academy, and awarded him the Arpad Gold Medal. This award is presented to Hungarians and their descendants living outside of Hungary, in recognition of scholarly, scientific, literary, and artistic achievements promoting the spirit and knowledge of Hungarian culture. The Arpad Gold Medal was presented as part of the awards ceremonies preceding the opening of the 48th Hungarian Congress's traditional Hungarian Ball held in Cleveland, Ohio.

November 28, 2008: The world premiere of the English-subtitled version of Troop 214 will be presented by the Hungarian Association at the 48th Hungarian Congress in Cleveland, Ohio. The Congress program includes a sneak preview of Songs Along a Stony Road during an afternoon workshop featuring George Csicsery.

November, 2008: Video Librarian gives Hard Problems a three-star review. See: http://zalafilms.com/hardproblems/hpvidlibreview.pdf

October 31, 2008: Julia Robinson and Hilbert's Tenth Problem will screen in Bloomington, Indiana at the NKS Midwest Conference '08. The conference theme is "What is Computation? How Does Nature Compute?" See: http://www.cs.indiana.edu/~dgerman/2008midwestNKSconference/julia_robinson.html

October 1, 2008: Television: The Enchanted Mirror (1981), a 30-minute documentary made by Julene Bair and George Csicsery has been remastered and released on DVD by Whole Earth Films.

August 26, 2008: Songs Along A Stony Road screens as part of the National Geographic Society's Tuesdays at Noon series, a free series at National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C. screening films supported by the society's All Roads Film initiative. See: http://www.nationalgeographic.com/nglive/washingtondc/tuesdays/ index.html

May 19, 2008: Julia Robinson and Hilbert's Tenth Problem will screen in competition on May 19, 2008 at the Third International Science Film Festival Athens. See: http://www.caid.gr/isffa/

May 6, 2008: BERLIN, GERMANY George Csicsery's porridge pulleys and Pi will screen at MathFilm Festival 2008 in Berlin today.
It is one of four films directed by George Csicsery screening throughout Germany during the 2008 MathFilm Festivals. porridge pulleys and Pi was produced for the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) in Berkeley in 2003.

April 18, 2008: The Deluxe edition of Hard Problems: The Road to the World's Toughest Math Contest is now available from the MAA and from The Art of Problem Solving.
The Deluxe edition DVD contains the entire 82-minute feature film, a 45-minute classroom version, 52-minutes of bonus scenes, a 82-page PDF of the 2006-2007 IMO problems and their solutions by Zuming Feng.

April 18, 2008: The May 2008 issue of Notices of the American Mathematical Society features a review of Julia Robinson and Hilbert's Tenth Problem by Carol Wood (see PDF), and an interview with George Csicsery by Bill Casselman (see PDF).

"Csicsery intertwines for us a human story and a mathematical story. In Julia Robinson we find a mathematician who was a heroine in her own time and a role model for all time. It is a story of childhood, illness, love, marriage, disappointment, obsession, and triumph. It is filled with extraordinary instances of luck both good and bad... I can imagine that a general audience, such as viewers of the NOVA series on PBS, would also be captivated by the story."
—Carol Wood, Professor of Mathematics at Wesleyan University, in the May 2008 issue of Notices, a publication of the American Mathematical Society

April 2008: Julia Robinson and Hilbert's Tenth Problem screening at UC Berkeley sponsored by the UC Berkeley Mathematics Department and the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute. Event details...

March 2008: The March 2008 issue of the Notices of the American Mathematical Society (AMS) features a series of stills from Julia Robinson and Hilbert's Tenth Problem on its cover. Their April 2008 issue promises a full review of the film.

January 8, 2008: The Mathematical Association of America presents the world premiere screening of Hard Problems: The Road to the World's Toughest Math Contest. A feature documentary film produced and directed by George Csicsery for the MAA, Hard Problems tells the story of the extraordinarily gifted students who represented the United States in 2006 at the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO). The film will premiere on January 8, 2008 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in San Diego.

January 7, 2008: The American Mathematical Society and Clay Mathematics Institute present the world premiere screening of Julia Robinson and Hilbert's Tenth Problem on Monday, January 7th, 2008 at 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM in Ballroom G of the San Diego Marriott Hotel and Marina.

November 18, 2007: Special screening of N is a Number: A Portrait of Paul Erdös benefits Film Arts Foundation. Show time is 7 to 10 PM, at Dolby Laboratories, 100 Potrero Avenue, San Francisco, California.

October 17, 2007: The Roxie Cinema in San Francisco (3117 16th Street, San Francisco, California) screens The Thursday Club. Show Times are at 7:00 PM and 9:00 PM.

October 5, 2007: 8:00 PM screening of The Thursday Club is part of First Fridays After Five at the Oakland Museum of California (10th and Oak Streets, Oakland, California).

August 19, 2007: Excerpts from N is a Number: A Portrait of Paul Erdös were broadcast on the Dutch VPRO network's "Zomergasten" prime time Sunday night series in Holland. The program featured Alexander Rinnooy Kan and his selection of clips from "N is a Number" and other films. More...

May 22, 2007: On the evening of May 21, attendees at the awards ceremony honoring this year's U.S.A. Mathematical Olympiad (USAMO) winners enjoyed a private screening of clips from Hard Problems, a documentary about U.S. participation in the 2006 International Mathematical Olympiad. Read more...

August 19, 2007: Excerpts from N is a Number: A Portrait of Paul Erdös were broadcast on the Dutch VPRO network's "Zomergasten" prime time Sunday night series in Holland. The program featured Alexander Rinnooy Kan and his selection of clips from "N is a Number" and other films. More...

May 22, 2007: On the evening of May 21, attendees at the awards ceremony honoring this year's U.S.A. Mathematical Olympiad (USAMO) winners enjoyed a private screening of clips from Hard Problems, a documentary about U.S. participation in the 2006 International Mathematical Olympiad. Read more...

May 1, 2007: VHS Liquidation Sale! The following titles from Zala Films are available on VHS cassettes for $6 each (plus $5 shipping):
N is a Number: A Portrait of Paul Erdös, Where the Heart Roams, Hungry for Monsters, The Thursday Club, 214-es Csapat (Troop 214) (in Hungarian only). Offer good on VHS cassettes only.
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March 27, 2007: Facets Multimedia, Inc. to release the DVD of N is a Number: A Portrait of Paul Erdös.

March 26, 2007: A rough cut of Julia Robinson and Hilbert's Tenth Problem will be featured at a sneak preview at the Urania kino in Berlin, Germany, as part of the MathFilm Festival 2007. View trailer...

March 15-16, 2007: The Boston Museum of Science will screen scenes from Julia Robinson and Hilbert's Tenth Problem as part of a two-day conference on Hilbert's Tenth Problem organized by the Clay Mathematics Institute.
A new 45-minute version of the work-in-progress will be screened for the public.

January 22, 2007: Turner Classic Movies reviews DVD release of Where the Heart Roams. Read review on FilmThreat.com.

November 28, 2006: Where the Heart Roams DVD released by Facets MultiMedia

October 31, 2006: Hungry for Monsters DVD released by Facets MultiMedia
The 2003 film Hungry for Monsters by George Csicsery has been re-released on a new DVD containing 40 minutes of additional scenes exploring the background of recovered memories in the Althaus case.
The film has also been acquired by Teachers TV, a UK cable channel for educators.

October 5, 2006: The Laney Tower has published a review of The Thursday Club.

October, 2006: Movie Habit has published a review by John Adams of Hungry For Monsters.

September 26, 2006: Facets MultiMedia releases The Thursday Club DVD edition.

September 15, 2006: Documentary Channel of New Zealand has acquired a two-year license to broadcast Hungry for Monsters in New Zealand.

September 1, 2006: A DVD edition of porridge pulleys and Pi has been published and is available from the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute.

September 1, 2006: Facets Multi-Media, Inc. of Chicago begins distribution of three documentaries by George Csicsery. Facets is releasing DVD editions of Hungry for Monsters (2003) and Where the Heart Roams (1987) on the Facets label, making these feature docs available on DVD for the first time. The DVD of Hungry for Monsters will include over 30 minutes of extra scenes. Facets is also distributing the Zala Films edition of The Thursday Club (2005). See www.facets.org.

August 7, 2006: George Csicsery addresses ScriptBiz at the Rhode Island International Film Festival. Scenes from his script "Alderman's Story" will be read by the Angell Street Players of Providence.
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August 1, 2006: George Csicsery has completed principal cinematography in HDV format on Hard Problems, a one-hour documentary being produced for the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) about the team of American high school students who participated in the International Mathematical Olympiad in Ljubljana, Slovenia, in July 2006. Following the team selection process since the USAMO test in April, the project has involved shoots in San Jose; Washington, D.C.; Exeter, New Hampshire; Lincoln, Nebraska; and three different locations in Slovenia. The film is scheduled for completion in July 2007. here and here. —>

May 31, 2006: Teachers' TV has acquired a one-year non-exclusive license to broadcast Hungry for Monsters in the United Kingdom beginning September 1, 2006. For more about this broadcaster see www.teachers.tv.

May 19, 2006: Announcing the broadcast premiere of The Thursday Club, a new one-hour documentary about Oakland police during the antiwar demonstrations of the turbulent 1960s by Oakland filmmaker George Csicsery.
KTOP-TV Channel 10, the City of Oakland's government cable television station, will host the broadcast premiere of The Thursday Club on May 19, 2006. The program will be replayed during the rest of May and in June.
For broadcast scheduling information, please visit www.oaklandnet.com.
The Thursday Club portrays a group of retired Oakland, California police officers who battled antiwar demonstrators and Black Panthers. In October 1967 the filmmaker was beaten at an antiwar demonstration in Oakland, California. Thirty years later he set out to find the police officers who were present at that event—his best clue, a news photograph of himself getting clubbed.
The Thursday Club is for anyone interested in the explosive social movements of the 1960s, whether they empathize with the protesters or the police. It is a film that challenges stereotypical readings of the 1960s by giving a voice to the people behind the lingering image of the "fascist pig." The documentary covers the multiracial roots of today's Oakland Police Department, providing an inside look at how blacks and whites grappled with racial integration, and the ambivalence of black officers during the department's war with the Black Panthers.

RAVES AND PRAISES
"...a deceptive piece of work, in the best sense of the term. We go into it expecting a rough-and-tumble exposé of police brutality against demonstrators and political dissidents, but we come away with something bigger, an intimate portrait of a pivotal time."
—Kelly Vance, The East Bay Express

"...a rich, memorable film... Just as he made the idiosyncratic mathematical genius Paul Erdös 'understandable' and human in 'N Is a Number' and got to the essence of the Barbara Cartland mystique in 'Where the Heart Roams,' Csicsery has a revelation once again."
—Janos Gereben, The Oakland Post

"The image of a former cop and a former protester hugging each other onstage was tear-jerking. I hope a staff photographer was present to capture this wonderful event. Thank you, George, for a night to be remembered..."
—East Bay Express reader

February 7, 2006: Filmmaker George Csicsery talks about his documentary project on the Berkeley mathematician, Julia Robinson, at Stanford University. A new sample reel of scenes from the film will be screened for the first time at this event. Audience questions are welcome. Session is moderated by Jonathan Farley, mathematician and Science Fellow, Center for International Security and Cooperation.
The presentation is part of The Institute for Research on Women and Gender program on "Proof and Prejudice: Women in Mathematics," being held from 2 to 9 p.m., Tuesday, February 7, 2006, at Building 460, Margaret Jacks Hall, Room 426 (4th Floor). Free and open to the public. George Csicsery's talk begins at 3 p.m.
For more information see: The Institute for Research on Women & Gender at Stanford University/ Conferences.

September, 2005: The Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) has announced that its Grand Prize winner for the 2005 screenplay competition is Alderman's Story by George Csicsery. "His historical drama gives a balanced portrayal of the rising tensions between the original English colonists and the Native Americans that culminated in the King Philip's War." More information is available on the official RIIF site and at moviebytes.com.

June, 2005: Zala Films releases 60-minute VHS and DVD versions of The Thursday Club. See order form. The DVD contains 20 minutes of extra scenes.

April, 2005: The Thursday Club was screened at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on April 20, 2005.

April, 2005: The Right Spin, a DVD directed by George Csicsery, was completed in March 2005. The DVD was mailed out to several thousand mathematics department chairmen as part of the Joint Policy Board of Mathematics (JPBM) campaign for Mathematics Awareness Month in April 2005. Production of this exciting tale of astronaut Michael Foale's rescue of the MIR space station in 1997 was made possible with support from the Clay Mathematics Institute and the Mathematics Sciences Research Institute. For more information see: http://www.msri.org/specials/rightspin

March, 2005: A second screening of The Thursday Club was held at the Oakland Museum of California on March 4, 2005.

February, 2005: The world premiere of The Thursday Club was held at the Oakland Museum of California on February 4, 2005.

November, 2004: Hungry for Monsters screened at the Three Rivers Film Festival in Pittsburgh, PA on November 9, 2004.

August, 2004: Hungry for Monsters screened twice at the 57th Locarno International Film Festival, August 4-14, 2004, in the festival's Human Rights section. 57.festival internazionale del film locarno

July, 2004: N is a Number: A Portrait of Paul Erdös released on DVD, with 20 minutes of scenes from out-takes added to the menu. Available now.

June, 2004: A review of porridge, pulleys and Pi in the SIAM News.

June, 2004: George was interviewed for an episode of The Science Show entitled "The New Science of Networks," on which Paul Erdös was one of the topics discussed.

August, 1987: A review of Where the Heart Roams in The New York Times (registration is required).

 


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