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In a Nutshell: A Portrait of Elizabeth Tashjian

Overview

Genre
Biography, Portrait, Human Rights, and Arts
Synopsis

"In a Nutshell" chronicles the unique life of Elizabeth Yegsa Tashjian: at birth in 1912, a first generation American of aristocratic Armenian immigrants; at age nine, a concert violinist living on Manhattan's upper west side; at twenty-one, an award-winning classical painter studying at the National Academy of Design in New York; at age forty-seven, a devoted Christian Science healer; and, at the youthful age of sixty, creator of the one and only Nut Museum. At ninety-two years old, Tashjian found herself immersed in a strange new chapter of her prolific life. After a series of tragic events surrounding her health and finances, she was penniless and confined to a nursing home against her will. The contents of the Nut Museum were permanently removed and her beloved home sold to the highest bidder. Declared insane by her state-appointed conservators, Elizabeth Tashjian fought to preserve her identity and regain the life she built.

Stage
finished
Running time
80 minutes

Credits

Production Details

Prod. Co.
mimetic media
Country
United States
Years of Production
2005
Locations
NYC, CT

Distribution Details

Release year
2005
Festivals
Slamdance Film Festival, Los Angeles Film Festival, Independent Film Festival of Boston, Sidewalk Film Festival, Maryland Film Festival, Cucalorus, Heartland Film Festival, San Francisco Documentary Film Festival, Maine International Film Festival...
Awards
Crystal Heart Award, Heartland Film Festival '05
Language
English

Photos

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