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Help launch a solar system of short films by an all-star cast of independent artists.

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Help launch a solar system of short films by an all-star cast of independent artists. Join The Official Orbit(Film) Astronaut Appreciation Society and receive a grab bag of outer space goodies.

THE MISSION:

Cinemad and Rooftop Films present ORBIT(FILM), an omnibus movie about outer space, produced by Mike Plante and Mark Elijah Rosenberg.

No single space project in this period will be more impressive to mankind, or more important in the long-range exploration of space; and none will be so difficult or expensive to accomplish.  —John F. Kennedy*

ORBIT(FILM) is a single film with thirteen chapters, forming a diverse but coherent picture of our solar system. This dramatic, comic and gorgeous ride through the solar system will include documentaries and fictional stories created using a combination of original NASA footage, recreations, and animation. Beginning and ending with the connection between modern science and ancient, heavenly divination, as we move through space, different planetary personalities emerge, touching on a number of scientific ideas. The key theme in all the films is the way they connect space to humanity, and the ways the study and exploration of outer space reflects mankind's dreams and fears, and spurs our imagination and growth. ORBIT(FILM) is a project that will use the avant-garde of cinema to inspire the avant-garde of science and education.

THE MACHINES:

Films will be made by an acclaimed group of pilots. Some of these works have already launched at Sundance, The New York Film Festival, and elsewhere. (Click the links for details.)

Brent Hoff -  THE SUN

Ben Coonley -  MERCURY 

Jessica Oreck - VENUS 

Mike Plante - EARTH 

Brian M. Cassidy & Melanie Shatzky - THE MOON 

Mark Elijah Rosenberg - MARS 

Kelly Sears - JUPITER 

Jacqueline Goss & Michael Gitlin - SATURN 

Poseidon - NEPTUNE 

Bill Brown - URANUS 

Travis Wilkerson - PLUTO 

Deborah Stratman - COMETS

THE DESTINATION:

We will be setting up screenings around the world (and beyond!) The films are mostly complete. But we need to acquire the final footage from NASA. We need to master the films to a single format and program. We need to make DVDs and exhibition copies. We’ve got an awesome poster but we need to get it printed. And we need rocket fuel. Lots and lots of rocket fuel.

THE ASTRONAUTS:

YOU! Join The Official Orbit(Film) Astronaut Appreciation Society and receive a grab bag of outer space goodies. All t-shirt, sticker and DVD artwork is based on our official Orbit(Film) Poster (below), designed by Adrian Kolarczyk.

We have a few screenings booked, but we need your help to finish the films and disperse them throughout the solar system. With you on board, we can launch these films into Orbit.

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*Note: Kennedy said these lines in reference to the $24-billion dollar, 400,000-person, 9-year program of sending a man to the moon, 50 years before we began our indie film project. But we think JFK would've dug our movie. He was a cool guy.

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    * * * * * * * * * * LAIKA * * * * * * * * * * * * *
    To commemorate the first dog in space, you receive:
    + A limited time online sneak preview of two films from the program.

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    4 backers

    * * * * * * * * * ALBERT II * * * * * * * * * * * *
    In memory of the first monkey in space, you receive:
    + An official Orbit(Film) Decal (that’s 1980’s geek speak for “sticker”)
    + Orbit(Film) 2-Flick Sneak Peek

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    13 backers

    * * * * * * * * SERGEI KRIKALEV * * * * * * *
    For hanging out with the cosmonaut stranded in space when the Soviet Union collapsed, you receive:
    + An official Orbit(Film) T-Shirt (available in adult and children’s sizes)
    + The Orbit(Film) Decal

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    5 backers

    * * * * * * * * * GERALD CARR * * * * * * * * *
    For rebelling with the Commander of the Skylab 4 mutiny, you receive:
    + Orbit(Film) T-Shirt
    + Orbit(Film) Poster (11x17”)
    + Orbit(Film) Decal
    + Orbit(Film) 2-Flick Sneak Peek

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    10 backers

    * * * * EDWARD HIGGINS WHITE, II * * * *
    For riding with the first man to “walk” in space (and who later died on Apollo 1), you receive:
    + The official Orbit(Film) DVD with the entire 85-minute program
    + Orbit(Film) Poster
    + Orbit(Film) Decal

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    6 backers

    * * * * BYRON K. LICHTENBERG * * * *
    Study hard, and you can collaborate with this MIT-scholar, the first civilian in space, and receive:
    + Orbit(Film) DVD
    + Orbit(Film) T-Shirt
    + Orbit(Film) Poster
    + Orbit(Film) Decal

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    * * * * * * * * * YÁNG LÌWĚI * * * * * * * * * * *
    If you join the first Chinese astronaut, or "yǔhángyuán" -- 宇航员 -- which literally means "sailing personnel in universe," you will receive:
    + Orbit(Film) DVD
    + Orbit(Film) T-Shirt
    + Orbit(Film) Poster
    + Orbit(Film) Decal
    + Orbit(Film) 2-Flick Sneak Peek

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    * * * * ARNALDO TAMAYO MÉNDEZ * * * *
    If you side with the first Latino in space, a Cuban who launched with the USSR, you receive:
    + A phone message from the wacky oceanic planet Neptune! + Credit in the Astronaut Appreciation Society on the Orbit(Film) website
    + Orbit(Film) DVD
    + Orbit(Film) T-Shirt
    + Orbit(Film) Poster
    + Orbit(Film) Decal
    + Orbit(Film) 2-Flick Sneak Peek

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    * * * * VALENTINA TERESHKOVA * * * * *
    Fly with the first woman in space and receive:
    + A hard drive with 200GB of raw footage direct from outer space, used in these films!
    + Credit in the Astronaut Appreciation Society on the Orbit(Film) website
    + Orbit(Film) DVD
    + Orbit(Film) T-Shirt
    + Orbit(Film) Poster
    + Orbit(Film) Decal
    + Orbit(Film) 2-Flick Sneak Peek

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    * * * * * * GUY BLUFORD, JR * * * * * * * *
    Get up with the first African-American in space and receive:
    + A private phone consultation with Co-Producers Mike Plante and/or Mark Elijah Rosenberg, offering indie film industry advice or space nerd gabbing
    + A phone message from planet Neptune
    + Credit in the Astronaut Appreciation Society on the Orbit(Film) website
    + Orbit(Film) DVD
    + Orbit(Film) T-Shirt
    + Orbit(Film) Poster
    + Orbit(Film) Decal
    + Orbit(Film) 2-Flick Sneak Peek

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    * * * * * * * * EUGENE CERNAN * * * * * * * *
    If you become the last person to walk on the moon, you will receive:
    + Special Credit in the Astronaut Appreciation Society on screen in the film
    + A film industry consultation with the Co-Producers
    + A phone message from planet Neptune
    + Credit in the Astronaut Appreciation Society on the Orbit(Film) website
    + Orbit(Film) DVD
    + Orbit(Film) T-Shirt
    + Orbit(Film) Poster
    + Orbit(Film) Decal
    + Orbit(Film) 2-Flick Sneak Peek

Funding period

- (32 days)