Continuation of the award winning documentary Astronaut Down. As seen on iTunes or Hulu.com. Required viewing for American University.
What happens if a crewmember becomes psychotic aboard the International Space Station (ISS) endangering him- or herself, other crewmembers, and a ship worth hundreds of billions of dollars? Is there a contingency plan to deal with that drama? The answer is yes, but it's not what you think and it's not what NASA wants you to know. Astronaut Down 2 takes us further into the world of space emergencies with never-before-seen exclusive "no holds barred" interviews from pioneers of the space program like General Chuck Yeager, John Young, Buzz Aldrin, Jim Lovell, Bob Crippen, Charlie Duke, and many more. It gets you up close and personal with people with "The Right Stuff" and tells you how they survived near catastrophes. But we've only scratched the surface; next we'll move on to today's "can do" astronauts and witness first-hand their insanely intense physical and psychological training - concluding as they leave Earth from Star City, Russia. Finally, we answer that nagging question, "What really goes on when the capsule door closes?" Astronaut Down 2, arriving December 2012, is not just another space documentary, but a mission checklist for everyone on how to survive modern-day life. Buckle up - the ride is going to get very exciting.
Behind the camera:
How is all this amazing exclusive HD footage possible?
Six years ago, when we started the Astronaut Down series, we were granted incredible paid access to some of history's most famous individuals, such as Jim Lovell and General Chuck Yeager. Captain Lovell NEVER gives interviews for movies because, in his words, "Ron Howard did it right when he made Apollo 13. Tom Hanks portrayed me perfectly. There’s nothing more to say." The same is true for General Yeager, who actually started the first space program before it morphed into NASA. Historians give him no real credit for that huge accomplishment - really unfortunate. The only time the General talks now is at commencement ceremonies for Air Force test pilots. According to his forty-years younger wife Victoria, nobody ever asks any questions. Why? Because they are too intimidated.
I can attest to that fact 100%. He's well known for being very abrasive and makes no apologies for his behavior. I respect that, but reporters are literally terrified of him. Case in point, at the time we did the interview at Edwards Air Force Base in the actual hanger that housed the X-1 the General was 86 years old and still flying F-16s! Yes, flight certified with 20/20 vision! How amazing is that? He walks up to me, surrounded by his entourage, looks around and barks, "Which one of you dummies is in charge?" Now, I'm no lightweight at 210 lb. and almost 6' 5", but I honestly think he could still have kicked my ass.
My point is not to impress you but to address the salient point that the General Yeager interview never aired; more footage of Jim Lovell was never used for the first movie. For all this footage never to see the light of day would be a tragedy. I personally put in over $150K of my own retirement money (I know, HUGE mistake) to make the first film, but I am really proud of what we accomplished even after three years since the release and I am compelled to finish the story. It burns inside of me so I am asking for your help to give me the opportunity to make Astronaut Down 2.
I estimate twenty more days of shooting (not including travel) and five and half months to finish it off in post-production. (I still have my full time job of doing baby and kid anesthesia, which I love.) A lot of the expense is for traveling, film crews, following astronauts, and paid access to Star City, Russia. We are very fortunate to have a great relationship with NASA and the Russian Space Federation, so getting to Star City is not a problem. Astronaut Down 2 will be offered free to the Armed Forces Network meaning it will be seen in over a hundred countries! (Jim Langedon). Also, it is guaranteed a release to Netflix, Hulu.com and iTunes through our distributor E-1 Entertainment.
Lastly, I really appreciate you taking the time to consider investing in a film that will re-inspire a nation that has forgotten its beloved space program. Thank you and God Bless America!
P.S. Congrats New York on getting Space Shuttle Enterprise today! Great Shuttle. Great city!
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