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Dorothy Taubman: The Story of the Movie

Special presentation by Dr. Ernest Urvater, editor and producer of Choreography of the Hands: The Work of Dorothy Taubman, coming to the 2017 Summer Symposium!

Ernie Urvater, editor and producer of Choreography of the Hands: The Work of Dorothy Taubman, will talk about his fascinating 32-year-long relationship with Mrs. Taubman and the circuitous journey that culminated in the film’s production in 1986, as well as the production of the 10 Taubman Techniques DVD’s in the following year. During his talk, excerpts from Choreography will be shown.

Ernie has a B.A. in English literature from Queens College, New York (1956) and a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Colorado, Boulder (1968). He did his post-doctoral research in elementary particles at Brookhaven National Laboratory. While working in the physics department at Colorado State University, he received an Exxon Education Foundation grant (1976) which provided him the opportunity to try his hand at making television by creating videotapes on energy literacy.  That experience got him hooked on television production.

Choreography of the Hands was his first film. Since then he has gone on to produce programs in science, medicine, art, literature, education, economics, social science, and environmental pollution. His Troubled Waters: Plastic in the Marine Environment won a Gold Medal for Best Environmental Program at the Canadian Waterwalker Film and Video Festival, and aired on PBS stations around the country.

Most recently Ernie produced Angles of a Landscape, a trilogy of films on the 19th century poet Emily Dickinson. The trilogy was created in cooperation with the Emily Dickinson Museum in Amherst, MA.

Choreography of the Hands has been purchased by pianists, music departments, and libraries around the world.  Uploaded to youtube five years ago, it has attracted 86,576 hits, 502 thumbs up and 10 thumbs down.