The Voyagers

A short film about two small spacecraft, an epic journey, taking risks and falling in love. Also Carl Sagan.

You can read an interview with Penny Lane about this film on The Atlantic’s website: http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2012/01/on-space-love-and-carl-sagans-cosmic-mix-tape/251070/

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ABOUT THE FILM //
In the summer of 1977, NASA sent Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 on an epic journey into interstellar space. Each spacecraft carries a golden record album, a massive compilation of images and sounds embodying the best of Planet Earth. According to Carl Sagan, “[t]he spacecraft will be encountered and the record played only if there are advanced space-faring civilizations in interstellar space. But the launching of this bottle into the cosmic ocean says something very hopeful about life on this planet.” While working on the golden record, Sagan met and fell madly in love with his future wife Annie Druyan. The golden record became their love letter to humankind and to each other. In the summer of 2010, I began my own hopeful voyage into the unknown. This film is a love letter to my fellow traveler.

SELECTED SCREENINGS & AWARDS //
“First place,” FLEX Festival • “Best Experimental Film,” New Orleans Film Festival • “Honorable Mention” AFI FEST • International Film Festival Rotterdam • Festival of (in)Appropriation • Citizen Jane • Oberhausen Festival of Short Film • DOXA Documentary Film Festival • European Media Art Festival • Rooftop Films • Big Sky Documentary Film Festival • European Media Art Festival • Iowa City International Documentary Festival • Directors Lounge, Berlin • Dallas Video Festival

ABOUT THE FILMMAKER //
Penny Lane has been making documentaries, animations and essay films since 2002. Her films have screened at Rotterdam, MoMA, AFI FEST, Rooftop Films, Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, Impakt, Images and many other venues. She has been awarded grants from Creative Capital, Cinereach, Jerome Foundation, Tribeca Film Institute, LEF Foundation, NYSCA, Experimental Television Center, IFP and the Puffin Foundation. // www.p-lane.com // http://twitter.com/#!/lennypane

She is currently in post-production on OUR NIXON, a feature length documentary compiled from the Super 8 home movies of Richard Nixon’s closest White House aides. // www.ournixon.com // https://www.facebook.com/ournixon //
http://twitter.com/#!/OurNixon

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