Daina Krumins was born in 1947 in a refugee camp in Munich, Germany. Her parents, Roberts and Larisa Krumins, were forced to flee from Latvia when they were told that their names were on the next list of people to be sent to Siberia. The family was able to come to the United States in 1950 because they were sponsored by a wealthy family and for several years Roberts and Larisa worked as servants in their household where they were able to recuperate from the effects of the war and start to make their way independently in the US.
Daina Krumins studied pyschology for two years at Douglass College (Rutgers University) and then transferred to the NYU Film School where she received her BFA. She received her MFA from the California Institute of the Arts where she specialized in optical printing and special effects. Afterwards she worked as a rotoscoper and optical printer operator at Lookout Mountain Films in Los Angeles (Pat O'Neill's company).
THE DIVINE MIRACLE was her first successful film. It has won thirteen awards including first place at Ann Arbor, "Best Short Film" in the Bellevue Film Festival, a Cine Golden Eagle and a Silver Hugo at the Chicago International Film Festival. It has been shown on PBS in Chicago and at art museums and film screenings throughout the United States. In 1992 it was broadcast in England on a program titled "The Dazzling Image."
BABOBILICONS has also received several awards. Daina Krumins' son Zintis was born in 1984 and a new film was started at the time. This film, which has a working title of Timestream, is nearing completion and can be best described as a Victorian/surrealist film.
Daina Krumins' website: http://www.gigmasters.com/krumins/
For more information at Daina Krumins' films: http://www.nytimes.com/2002/11/17/nyregion/marching-coffee-pots-star-in-these-movies.html