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Our documentary tells the dramatic story of the first space laboratory launched by NASA and its significance for how we live on Earth.
Our film tells the dramatic story of the first space laboratory launched by NASA and its significance for how we live on Earth.
Our film tells the dramatic story of the first space laboratory launched by NASA and its significance for how we live on Earth.
172 backers pledged £15,982 to help bring this project to life.

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Searching for Skylab

Launch of SL-1
Launch of SL-1

We are a fully independent project, born out of passion, expert knowledge and great interest in sharing knowledge with others. Over the years, the story of Skylab has been relegated to space experts and enthusiasts and our goal is to bring the importance of its missions back to the forefront of public memory.

Writer & Film Director

Dwight Steven-Boniecki - Photo by Robert Enneper
Dwight Steven-Boniecki - Photo by Robert Enneper

Award-winning author of Live TV from the Moon, Live TV from Orbit, and editor of Skylab 1 & 2: The NASA Mission Reports, Skylab 3: The NASA Mission Reports, and Skylab 4: The NASA Mission Reports, Dwight returns to the art of film making. Armed with an in-depth knowledge of Skylab, he presents the largely forgotten Skylab Program in a detail on film not seen since 1973.

Dwight was born in Sydney, Australia and became an international broadcasting professional. After studying television theory at North Sydney Technical College he moved to San Diego, USA. He returned to Australia and worked in TV before heading back to university where he majored in Psychology. Following his studies he decided that television was where he truly wanted to be and returned to the TV industry. From there he heard about the expansion on satellite TV in Eastern Europe and jumped on a plane to work in Europe: first in Great Britain, and then in Germany - where he still works today as a transmission engineer.

Your Support

From left: Dwight Steven-Boniecki, Owen K. Garriott, David Hitt
From left: Dwight Steven-Boniecki, Owen K. Garriott, David Hitt

Today, we are relying on your help to promote our film of this incredible American achievement and keep it alive in memory of the human race worldwide! Why? Because like experts agree: "It changed the way we live on this planet!"  - Glen Nagle, CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science, Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex

Your donation supports our post-production, our licensing, marketing, and the publicity expenses needed to make the film an undeniable success. We need your help to achieve our absolute bare minimum of £15,000.

America's Forgotten Triumph

Skylab 2 in orbit
Skylab 2 in orbit

Searching for Skylab is the first ever feature-length documentary about this forgotten era of NASA’s space program, which falls under the immediate shadow of the historic Apollo missions.

We have interviewed many people involved in the outstanding Skylab program, including most of the original astronauts who flew the missions.

On every significant Skylab Anniversary the Team of Searching for Skylab made video files available in their entirety for you to enjoy. Our audio requests to JSC have resulted in comprehensive PAO Audio files from each of the 3 missions being made available on the Internet Archive. In many cases these tapes have gone through a process called “baking” in order to bring them to an acceptable level of quality. In the majority of cases these tapes have not been played since 1973/4! With your help, we are looking to make Skylab a household name again.

SL-4 Crew post flight
SL-4 Crew post flight

Indeed, we are well on our way as information about Skylab is now more available to the general public than ever before.

The Post-Production

Editing the movie
Editing the movie

No further filming is required, but we need to still complete the post-production.

The colour grading and final edit are the crucial phase in the film-making process. We require the expertise of an experienced colour grader to ease the burden of getting the film ready for its July 2018 launch date at the Spacefest in Arizona.

Acquisition of the 16mm footage
We need to acquire archival NASA footage. We are working from watermarked screeners, but will need to pay the costs of getting the clean footage delivered to us for use in the film, once the rough cut is completed.

Marketing & Promoting of the Film

Filming Bernard Smith, USB & Data Section, Honeysuckle Creek Tracking Station, AU
Filming Bernard Smith, USB & Data Section, Honeysuckle Creek Tracking Station, AU

Being independent, we need a strong and robust marketing and promotion campaign to make sure our potential audience knows about the film and sees/purchases it. We already have a solid social media base, but good publicity will help people learn about Skylab.

Risks and challenges

Our biggest challenge would be not achieving the much needed public support. Nevertheless, we are determined to make this film a success and will continue to do our absolute best with what is available to us.

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    One Pound Tribute for Each Astronaut!

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    The Skylab-2 Tribute Package

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    The Skylab-3 Tribute Package

    Thank you for your support. We will ensure your name is visible in the film end credits. You will also get a free digital download and a DVD of the movie.

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    The Skylab-4 Tribute Package

    Thank you for your support. We will ensure your name is visible in the film end credits. You will also get a film mission patch, a free digital download and blu-ray of the movie.

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    • The Searching for Skylab mission patch
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    The Parasol Tribute Package

    Thank you for your support. We will ensure your name is visible in the film end credits. You will also get one Skylab Mission Report Book compiled by Dwight Steven-Boniecki, a film mission patch, a free digital download and a blu-ray of the movie.

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    • The Searching for Skylab mission patch
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    The Saturn V Tribute Package

    Thank you for your support. You will receive special thanks for helping make the film possible with your name visible in the film credits. You will also get an exclusive "10 Cent Janes" album download, one Skylab Mission Report Book compiled by Dwight Steven-Boniecki, a film mission patch, a free digital download and a blu-ray of the movie.

    Includes:
    • Special mention in the film credits
    • An exclusive "10 Cent Janes" album download
    • A Skylab Mission Report Book
    • The Searching for Skylab mission patch
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    Solar Flare Tribute Package

    Thank you for your support. We welcome you as our associate producer with your name visible in the film credits accordingly. You will also get get a signed movie poster, an exclusive "10 Cent Janes" album download, one Skylab Mission Report Book compiled by Dwight Steven-Boniecki, a film mission patch, a free digital download and a blu-ray of the movie.

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    • Associate Producer Credits
    • An exclusive "10 Cent Janes" album download
    • Film poster signed by the film director and producer
    • A Skylab Mission Report Book
    • The Searching for Skylab mission patch
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    The Reboost Mission Tribute Package

    Thank you for your support. We welcome you as our executive producer with your name visible in the film credits accordingly. You will also get an exlusive "10 Cent Janes" music album download, a film poster signed by the director and producer, one Skylab Mission Report Book compiled by Dwight Steven-Boniecki, a film mission patch, a free digital download and a blu-ray of the movie.

    Includes:
    • Executive Producer Credit
    • An exclusive "10 Cent Janes" album download
    • Film poster signed by the film director and producer
    • A Skylab Mission Report Book
    • The Searching for Skylab mission patch
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    The Esperance Balladonia Tribute Package

    Thank you for your support. We welcome you as our executive producer with your name visible in the film credits accordingly. You will also get an invitation for two, to the film screening at Spacefest IX in Arizona (July 5th-8th 2018), an exclusive "10 Cent Janes" album download, a film poster signed by the director and producer, one Skylab Mission Report Book written by Dwight Steven-Boniecki, a film mission patch, a free digital download and a blu-ray of the movie.

    Includes:
    • Executive Producer Credit
    • Invitation to the film screening at Spacefest IX in Tucson
    • An exclusive "10 Cent Janes" album download
    • Film poster signed by the film director and producer
    • A Skylab Mission Report Book
    • The Searching for Skylab mission patch
    • A blu-ray of the film
    • A digital download of the film
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