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We are creating a documentary on the future of the space program. Help discover what is really going on with space exploration.
We are creating a documentary on the future of the space program. Help discover what is really going on with space exploration.
We are creating a documentary on the future of the space program. Help discover what is really going on with space exploration.
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    1. Kat Ringwood on

      Hi Paul,

      Apparently I too am one of the people who have backed your project - twice - and have not received anything. You said in your email people should message you, but given there is no other way to get in touch aside from Kickstarter's Comments section, I'm not sure how else to reach out. Please get back to me through Kickstarter, I am not about to post my email address publicly.

    2. Belinda L on

      Hi Paul, can you please reply to my message re international shipping - I’ve been patiently waiting for this DVD for like 5 years now and would be pretty disappointed if I missed out now.

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      Josh Wells on

      Same story as others. I pledged $50 5 years ago and have received nothing but a link to the streamable version of the film.

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      David Peterson on

      I contributed a total of $150 to this project through two pledges. I completed the surveys for both pledges back in January (I have the email receipts), but so far I haven't received anything other than the link to the online version of the film. Since it seems you've already shipped the rewards, may I ask what happened?

    5. Michael Phillips on

      I submitted a survey and haven't moved, where is my order?

    6. Ricardo Velez on

      I've tried contacting you several times about a change of address. I pledged $130 and I really hope I get what I pledged for.

    7. William Herbert on

      Wow! Got my DVD and wristband a few days ago. Watched it earlier this evening. WOW! Powerful! The film beautifully and coherently brings together all the pieces that my friends and I have heard since we began contracting at NASA in the 70's.

      I think my first step will be to call up my ex-GSFC contractor friends and hold a viewing party to get the big picture out and start spreading the word.

    8. ndnmatthew on

      I did not think I would ever get my movie. But I just finally got my DVD and wristband. Excited to watch it!

    9. Ricardo Velez on

      Checking in to see if you received my address update. Please reply. Thanks!

    10. DeltaLima

      Did I miss the link or info on the digital download? If it's available on digital download services it should be available for us right?

    11. Paul Hildebrandt 4-time creator on


      I have only ordered enough product for the people that completed the survey. No survey, no address to ship it to. No size of shirt to order, etc. I can't order product blindly, that would be a huge waste of money. I do have extra DVDs as the bulk order options allowed for that at no extra cost. I do also have a few extra of each shirt coming in each standard size in the event of an issue. You should have received the digital link but I will resend. Thank you.

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      William J. Sawchuck on

      Paul, will rewards go out to everyone or just those who filled out the survey? The latest update (7/17/17) does not address this. Just wanted to make sure you order enough DVDs for everyone. Also, is there any way to get a link to the digital download of the movie? That should be easy enough to provide, no?

      Sorry to ask on an open forum but you have been unresponsive via direct message. Thanks.

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      Kyndall Johnson on

      Since my pledge I have bought two homes, earned a promotion at work, buried my grandfather, avoided several unplanned pregnancies (thanks plan B), started a business, ran a business in the ground, became an alcoholic, beat alcoholism, saved a cat from a tree, and made my own documentary about space flight. Yay!!

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      Kyndall Johnson on

      Since my pledge I have bought two homes, earned a promotion at work, buried my grandfather, avoided several unplanned pregnancies (thanks plan B), started a business, ran a business in the ground, became an alcoholic, beat alcoholism, saved a cat from a tree, and made my own documentary about space flight. Yay!!

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      William J. Sawchuck on

      Wow, just noticed on 6/23/2017 that the film is currently listed for sale and rent on iTunes. My pledge (of several years ago) includes an "HD digital download of the film". Could you provide a link where I can download? It is more than discouraging that the general public has been provided access to the film while the backers, after waiting so many years, have not even received notice that the project has been completed. Pitiful.

    16. ndnmatthew on

      Is there any update to when we will receive the movie we paid for? I have not gotten and email or update on delivery date. Please keep us updated, seems weird that we paid for the movie but have not received any notifications. I never do Kickstarter comments, this is the first, and I am just a little frustrated because I want to see this!

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      Thomas Iwancio on

      I didn't complete my survey until March. Will you be sending out links again?

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      Nami Patel on

      Also missed the survey until now. Pledged $ I get nothing now?

    19. Enrico C

      backer number: 1,760. I haven't got any email for the link. Please help. Thx.

    20. Joe Bowers on

      Hey guys, I wasn't paying attention to my kickstarter e-mail filter all year. I was mostly in offline mode. I missed the survey, which I just filled out recently. Is there any way I can get a link to watch the film? Can anyone help me out?

    21. Brad Groux on

      What a fantastic film, thanks to Paul and all who took part in it. It was well worth the wait, and it is one projects I am most proud to have backed on Kickstarter!

    22. Jaroslav Meloun on

      Just go the backer download, is there a plan to make English subtitles?

    23. Daniel McGauley

      That movie was fantastic!

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      Ryan on

      Surveys has sent out. Make sure to check your email guys.

    25. Dave Banks

      You've had your premiere, which means it's done, right? So how about an update on when you're going to ship your three-years-late rewards?

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      Christopher Rigoli on

      You have a wonderful future. As a swindler of people's money. Just do us all a favor, and drop the project, call it quits, and move on with something else. We all have, it's time for you to drop the act and move on as well.

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      Martin Hemmings on

      There is an update on the "other" kickstarter page from 27 July. Can anyone cross post for those of us who refused to give more money without seeing a product?

    28. Elizabeth on

      Here's a note I just sent to Paul:

      Today Facebook reminded me of my rather old pledge to this project. Can you please give an update to all backers on:
      - your current timeline (with specifics as possible)
      - any legal issues still lingering (or not)

      I think what you originally proposed is amazing, and I want to see this film, but it's discouraging to be kept in the dark. I know you're dealing with your own setbacks, but you'll have cheerleaders if you don't leave us out in the cold.



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      Martin Hemmings on

      Almost 4 years since I pledged for the documentary... 4 YEARS. Now you've completed two fundraising campaigns and still nothing to show for it.

      The original page said:

      "We are asking for the bare minimum amount of money we need to finish this film. If we can exceed our goal then we will use those funds to create an even better and more comprehensive documentary."

      From that wording, the documentary was already underway and you needed funds to complete it. So was this scope creep, or complete mismanagement of an entire project? You haven't given an update in over two months, and no updated delivery timeline.

      I'm all for doing a good job, but this is absolutely ridiculous.

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      James Nishimuta on

      I like this exercise. Since August 2012: I finished my PhD, had two kids, started my first career job, quit my first career job, moved across the country, and started my second job. I'll probably find a third job and buy a house within a year, so that'll likely happen before this KS is done.

    31. AlkalineCandy on

      I am really looking forward to seeing the final product. While it has taken quite some time to finish, I think that like anything worth while doing, its worth waiting for.

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      Josh lee on

      I happened to sign into Kickstarter today after having given up on supporting Kickstarter projects anymore. I realized that since backing this in 2012: I got engaged, got married, finished undergrad, applied/accepted/started and graduated graduate school, and began my first career job. I'll check back after my next life milestone in a year so I can reflect on all my accomplishments done before this KS is completed.

    33. Zuzana Volny on

      Thank you for your latest update and working so hard on getting this project out! I've been very excited for this documentary and am rooting you guys on from the sidelines. I know it's been a difficult road, but know that there are people cheering you on.

    34. drow on

      copy/paste from the second kickstarter...

      Update #17 For backers only.
      August 30th 2015 Update

      A lot of people have been asking for updates recently as things have been silent. I apologize for the recent silence and will try my best to update you on what has been occurring over the past few months.

      The reason for this silence is that the production company producing the film is currently involved in a complex legal battle on an issue related to the Kickstarter funding. Beyond that explanation, I would prefer not to go deeper into the issue. It is not a topic I prefer to go into at this time so please do not ask. Unfortunately, this has meant that production of the film has basically been frozen for about a month which has put us further behind schedule.

      What I can tell you, is the film is moving forward and I am still committed to delivering on the film, all rewards, the orchestral score, the giveaway of the archival material, sending the film to congress, and the rest of the promises that were made. I will say this again, I will deliver on all promises made to you, the backers of this film.

      Last month I traveled to Washington DC for 3 days to do additional research at the National Archives. I got to a point at the end of the film where it was absolutely necessary to obtain additional archival footage that simply could not be accessed online or by hiring remote researchers. In 3 days I was able to accomplish what would have been weeks if not months of work by local DC researchers.

      From that trip, I have ordered 23 additional film reels for scanning. These films are currently at the lab as we speak undergoing the scanning and telecine procedure. As mentioned previously, this is a terribly slow procedure and all I can do is wait. I expect the film will be arriving in the next 1-2 weeks. I will post an update as soon as I receive and catalog the footage.

      Just to give you a scale of what will be coming in, I estimate that these films in their uncompressed form will take up somewhere between 8 and 12 terabytes of hard drive space.

      Concurrently with my research at the film lab, additional research personnel were hired to sift through the photographic records at the National Archives, specifically researching photographs and illustrations of the Westward Migration, the building of the Transcontinental Railroad, the Oregon Trail, and other events that illustrate the idea of building a frontier. In this case, how the frontier on earth relates to the frontier in space.

      I put together a short and not very exciting video that I shot while I was at the archives. None of the footage is for film use and was basically shot to show you the process of going through the footage at NARA.

      I will update again as soon as I have more production news. Thank you all for your patience.

    35. Randy Golden on

      The backers of the second Kickstarter received an update on 8/30. Can someone let the rest of us in on it?

    36. Stijn Anthoni on

      This is getting a bit ridiculous don't you think? Almost 2 years overdue! By the time your documentary gets out it might be outdated :)
      Could you please post an update on things?

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      James Nishimuta on

      Apparently Russia will be on the Moon and Americans on Mars by the time this movie is released.

    38. Sherri Marx

      It has been almost 4 months without an update on this project. Can you please let us know the status?

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      David Scarlett on

      So what is going on?

    40. Alan McNeil on

      Hi Paul,
      Please post the August 30th 2015 Update from second fundraiser here so original backers know whats going on.

    41. Hyangelo Henry Hao on

      Would appreciate some updates.

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      Michael Shinn on

      It has been 3 months since the last update... gettijg a bit concerned.

    43. Brad Groux on

      NOW would be the time to release this film to get the most bang for the buck off the success of The Martian and NASA's recent announcement of water on Mars. When can we expect to get a final product?

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      Nathan Hoffman on

      Ditto to Boyd's comment. If we could get an update, even just a paragraph every couple of weeks, it would make me feel a lot better.

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      Jeremy Ricketts on

      Whoops, 2 years. :-) Okay, maybe there's still hope.

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      Jeremy Ricketts on

      I was talking with some friends today about Kickstarter. Everyone has a story of a project that was successfully funded and then then was never realized. Some of them went back a looooong time. It's crazy to think back to where I was 5 years ago when I donated to this. 5 years! Since this time, humans launched another Mars rover, landed on a comet, and took selfies with Pluto. Amazing. The $10 was almost worth the trip down memory lane. Almost.

    47. Boyd Garrett on

      Paul, I'm feeling like my pledge was wasted a long time ago. I'm not looking for a refund. I don't want the whole thing canceled.

      What I want is some assurance. We've been waiting nearly two years with sporadic updates. I don't want to sling some low-brow guilt trip, but I'm feeling a completely unappreciated as one of your backers.

      What gives man? When am I going to see this thing come to life?

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