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  • Credits

    Richard Rifkind: Co-Director, Co-Producer

    creditsNow Chairman Emeritus, Richard Rifkind was from 1984 to 2000 Chairman and Chief Scientific Officer of the Sloan-Kettering Institute for Cancer Research. Previously, he served as Professor of Medicine and of Human Genetics at Columbia University College of Physician & Surgeons.  As Lila Acheson Wallace Member of Sloan-Kettering Institute, he directed a research laboratory focused on the control of gene expression during cellular differentiation. He has authored some 250 scientific papers, culminating In the development of a new and potent anticancer therapeutic, Zolinza, marketed by Merck. He was the founding Chairman of the New York Structural Biology Center. Long concerned with public understanding of science, he has served on the boards of directors of the New York Academy of Medicine, the New York Academy of Science and the New York Hall of Science. On retirement from laboratory research in 2003, he took up documentary filmmaking in association with his wife, Carole

    Carole Rifkind: Co Director, Co-Producer

    An educator, author and activist, Carole Rifkind’s books include Mansions, Mills and Main Streets, Main Street: Face of Urban America, A Field Guide to American Architecture and A Field Guide to Contemporary American Architecture.  She has directed outreach programs for the Hudson River Museum, the Municipal Art Society of New York, and Partners for Livable Places. She was teacher and curriculum specialist in elementary and secondary school and an Adjunct Professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture. She serves or has served on the boards of directors of the Independent Feature Project, Film Forum, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, East River Waterfront Conservancy, New York Landmarks Foundation and other civic and educational associations. She has worked as a filmmaker since 2000.


    NATURALLY OBSESSED: THE MAKING OF A SCIENTIST is the directors’ second documentary film. Their first, THE VENETIAN DILEMMA (2004), premiered at Film Forum in New York City in March 2004 and was shown at the D.C. 2005 Environmental Film Festival, Hamptons International Film Festival, Newport Beach Film Festival, and others. It was broadcast on many P.B.S. stations in the U.S and by Fox Italy in Italy. Andrew Sarris listed The Venetian Dilemma as one of the Ten Best Documentaries of 2005. The Venetian Dilemma is distributed by Filmakers Library ( in 56:00 and 73:00 versions.

    Additional credits

    Associate Producer Hayley Downs
    Consulting Producers Marion Lear Swaybill and Rob Fruchtman
    Assistant Producer Lauren Farrar
    Director of photography Buddy Squires
    Richard Hankin and Lisa Palattella
    David Majzlin
    Music Supervisor
    Susan Jacobs
    Frank and Caroline Mouris
    Online Edit Provided byPostWorks, Pat Kelleher
    Sound Services Provided by Sync Sound, Inc, Ken Hahn

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