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A docu-fiction about Calvin Blackman Bridges, an American pioneer geneticist told through the eyes of his 93-year old daughter, Betsey.
A docu-fiction about Calvin Blackman Bridges, an American pioneer geneticist told through the eyes of his 93-year old daughter, Betsey.
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Exclusive Pictures of Calvin Bridges: the scientist, the father, the socialite

Dear Drosophilists,

Thank you for the wonderful support so far. We are a third of the way to the goal. 18 days left on the clock and two thirds to go to make this documentary happen.

Recently, Calvin's daughter Betsey opened her photo albums. As a small token of appreciation for your help so far, I share them with you.

I found some true gems after scanning them... not only scenes of Calvin with his family but snapshots of Calvin, the budding scientist in his early days at Columbia.

Mixed with family photos, I also found images of the Fly Room: a buzzing lab where the "boss" Thomas Hunt Morgan and his "boys", Calvin Bridges and Alfred Sturtevant worked together to understand the role of chromosome in heredity.

The photographs give you an intimate peek into Calvin scientific and personal lives. Drama and stories transpire through these images. I hope that this precious collection convinces you that Calvin is the ultimate hero for a film: a perfect blend of science and storytelling.

More treasures are on their way including videos, audio, images) and an update on cast & crew.

Please spread the word about the project.

... and of course, any additional help would mean the world to me.

Warmest Regards,

Alexis

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Photo 1: Calvin in The Fly Room (Columbia, New York, 1915)
Photo 2: Calvin At the Microscope (Columbia University, New York, 1916)
Photo 3: Alexis Gambis, scientist-filmmaker and Betsey Black, Calvin Daughter (Asheville, North Carolina, 2009)
Photo 4: A Squid Feast In The Fly Room
Photo 5: A Fruit Fly Drawing by Calvin Bridges
Photo 6: Thomas Hunt Morgan Sorting Fruit Flies In the Fly Room (Columbia, New York, 1910)
Photo 7: Calvin at Caltech's Fly Room (Pasadena, 1937)
Photo 8: Calvin Bridges' Children (Phil, Betsey, and Nathan) - Betsey Black in the middle
Photo 9: The Bridges' Family in The House Foreyard (Leonia, New Jersey)
Photo 10: Calvin's scientific colleague in The Fly Room. Alfred Sturtevant (known as "Hot Dog")
Photo 11: Calvin's wife, Gertrude Ives

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