Earthling’s Quest - Alien hunters and a message to the stars
Earthling’s Quest - Alien hunters and a message to the stars
An unique feature length sci-fi documentary in the search for aliens parallel with the quest to start broadcasting messages from Earth.
An unique feature length sci-fi documentary in the search for aliens parallel with the quest to start broadcasting messages from Earth. Read more
One and a half year ago we as a Swedish film team decided to put everything at stake and contacted the people at the SETI Institute that for over 50 years been scanning the sky for an ET signal.
Our time with them filming has been an never ending exiting adventure as we followed them as Alien hunters. What motivates them pursuing a dream of such long distance both in time and space. We think this is such a thrilling and exciting film which involves many questions about being human and our dreams and fears. But this is just the beginning of our project! Jump on board on our Kickstarter campaign and get an unique insight into the world of Alien hunters. With your support we make this film happen.
Douglas Vakoch about the film:
This is not fiction – this is the human pursuit for extraterrestrial intelligence led by real-life legends from the SETI Institute in California - Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence. Eavesdropping on ET has been around for a long time and the search for an alien signal that would change everything. Is it time that we start broadcasting targeted signals as well? If so, are we putting the entire civilization at risk? Prominent scientists think so. In this film you will see the hunt for the alien signal along with METI (Messaging Extraterrestrial Intelligence) International's quest to start up the controversial project of broadcasting messages from Earth.
Your support will ensure that this fascinating story reaches Earthlings, making you part of a team with a duo of award-winning Directors and the Co-producer of an Oscar-winning film.
Join the Earthlings Quest! You will meet Jill Tarter, Seth Shostak, Jon Richards and Douglas Vakoch among others. Jill was the inspiration for the Hollywood blockbuster movie “Contact” (1997), where we witness Jodie Foster as the character Ellie Arroway, receiving a signal from ET. Both Jill and Seth have been role models for spreading the word of science and inspiring future generations.
In “Earthling’s Quest” the audience will for the first time get unique insights into the work of this legendary SETI group and the individuals behind the project, which started back in the 60’s by astronomer Frank Drake. We are thrilled and honored to be able to tell this story, and the timing couldn't be more perfect. This is our most ambitious project to date and we want you to be a part of it!
So, is ET out there? This fundamental question is the driving force for our characters. So far this question has no answer – it’s a final frontier for the imagination based on our own dreams and nightmares. Should we start sending messages from Earth instead of just listening and is this morally right to do – to broadcast messages of our own out into the unknown when prominent scientists around the world such as Stephen Hawking warn us that this could lead to the end to our civilization?
If you take the opportunity to be part of this film, you’re also helping to tell the legacy of some of the key people who are taking this next step for humanity and trying to answer the question “Are we alone?” and also pioneering a project to start broadcasting messages of our own. By backing this project you are also becoming part of the quest to find ET and will get a unique insight into this work!
Directors Per Bifrost and Alexander Rynéus: We are long time friends who together developed a interest in movies and filmmaking in early years. We started of as still photographers but moved on to fiction film and then documentary film. We have a sincere interest in science fiction and thought provoking science. We love to create in a field when science, philosophy, art and entertainment meets together with fascinating characters and scenarios. In our latest film "Autonomous" The boundaries between what is real and unreal are becoming increasingly blurred through technological advances. "How will we hold up in an era where humans are being replaced with robots, and the real world is almost perfectly simulated in digital realities?”. We have been very happy since the film had its premiere to see it win awards for "best film" and "best cinematography" and be screened at prominent festivals. Our first documentary “The Home and the Cavity” was a success in our home country Sweden and got nominated for "best documentary" in the biggest documentary festival in the country.
Producer Malla Grapengiesser has over 15 years experience as Producer and has co-produced the Oscar Award-winning film “Searching For Sugarman.” Malla also produced the directors Per and Alexander’s documentary “The Home And The Cavity,” as well as their second documentary film “Autonomous,” which has won international awards.
Now the team is happy to introduce “Earthling’s Quest” to an international audience and hope to get all of you onboard this extraordinary feature-length documentary.
We have come a long way during the past year and a half of pre-production by establishing a close relationship with the SETI Institute where Jill, Seth, and Jon are working, as well as METI International where Douglas is now the President.
Now we want you to get onboard this intriguing film project! We know that there are many SETI fans out there who every day hope that we will find a signal. We are very excited to let you be a part of this ambitious project that will tell the story of Jill, Seth, Douglas, and Jon.
With this campaign we will get a jumpstart, or a kickstart if you prefer, into the production phase of this film. It will give us the possibility to continue filming these incredible characters immediately, and you will be able to get involved in this fantastic journey!
This is just the beginning of a lot of exciting events taking place in the near future in this new era. The film will keep following Jill, Seth, Jon, and Douglas in their extraordinary quest that might change our entire future.
Ready to support this project? We hope you are! Remember that no money will be charged until the campaign succeed to raise all money needed to reach our pledge goal!
All your support will be needed to keep filming “Earthling’s Quest”. Your generous donations will make sure we can deliver the best documentary possible. We have already been working and building relationships with our characters. What lies ahead is the exciting journey of following our characters in their hunt for ET. All money will go directly to the project. Your contribution will go to:
- $95K – Our pledge that will allow us to get started right away and will take us through the primary recording of the film! This will get us into the production phase. We will be able to move ahead into production and follow the characters and their work at the accelerated pace that’s necessary for the film. It will allow us to do the most essential filming.
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We would really appreciate your contribution - even the smallest contributions add up! But beyond your financial support, we also appreciate your involvement in the project. So however much money you can contribute, please also support us by spreading the word about our Kickstarter campaign.
We need you to make this film happen! Come on board this cosmic journey which we are looking forward to make together with you!
The "Earthling’s Quest” Team
(And big thanks to Stefan Levin, Magnus Angehed and Karl Erik-Berglund for the music to the Kickstarter video)
Risks and challenges
We are looking forward to have you onboard this project as backers! We are confident that this production will be a success, but there are a number of challenges that all filmmakers face when working a documentary project.
Our pledge goal of 800.000SEK (about $95K) will give us a jumpstart and get us into production. We will look for further financing at different places such as film institutes. As a team we have previously successfully financed films with support from film instute, network and art grant committee among others. The amount pledged will be part of a bigger budget, where different financiers will be involved from the film industry. The support from you will be very important to make this film happen! Once we have the funds, we can commit every minute of our time to completing the film.
If we don't reach the amount that we pledged, no money will of course be charged from any of you have decided to support the project!
On board the project is producer Malla Grapengiesser with over 15 years experience as a film producer and financing many films.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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