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by Lela Scott MacNeil
June 17th, 2011

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: DVDs, Posters, Stickers, T-Shirts, A Drive Full of Outer Space Footage from NASA, A Phone Message from The Planet Neptune and More!

THE MISSION:
Cinemad and Rooftop Films present ORBIT(FILM), an omnibus movie about outer space, produced by Mike Plante and Rooftop Artistic Director Mark Elijah Rosenberg. Orbit(Film) will be playing at Rooftop on July 23 and in Philadelphia on July 24 but we need all the help we can get to be ready for launch.

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.

Orbit(Film) Poster

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