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.
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.
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
Poseidon - NEPTUNE
Bill Brown - URANUS
Travis Wilkerson - PLUTO
Deborah Stratman - COMETS
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.
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.
*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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