Song of the Stars

  • Genre: Live performance, feature film
  • Logline: The life stories of the stars above, as told through the beauty, grace, and power of contemporary dance! Song of the Stars features performances by Seven Dance Company under the artistic direction of Cassia Cramer, woven together with a narration by astrophysicist Paul Sutter. Kai Staats and his Over the Sun crew will capture this original fusion of science and dance in a feature film, taking the audience through the vast cosmos to witness the first stars sparking a revolution from total darkness, the fatal love of two galaxies, and a cataclysmic death that brings hope to a new generation.
  • Status: Kickstarter campaign was a success! Premiere performance will be at the Capitol Theatre, Columbus, Ohio, April 21, 2016
  • Learn more at www.songofthestars.org

 

LIGO, The Path to Detection

  • Genre: Documentary, short film
  • Logline: Every day we read the headline news in which ‘Scientist claim …’ and ‘Scientist discover …’ and ‘Scientists report …’ But what does it mean to make an extraordinary claim? What goes on behind the scenes, long before the newspaper or journal article hit the street, before the web article goes live? In this, the 3rd film about LIGO, we will investigate what unfolded between September 14, 2015, and February 11, 2016 when LIGO announced it has detected the merger of two black holes in a distant galaxy.
  • Status: In production with completion in late 2016.
  • Watch the trailer for LIGO Detection above, or at Space.com

 

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The Explorers

  • Genre: Documentary, feature film
  • Logline: A single night with a telescope can open one’s mind for a lifetime. When a spec of light instead shows rings, moons, or a glowing tail, the world becomes a much bigger place. This film moves to capture the passion which all astronomers share, those conducting research or those simply gazing at the stars. The Explorers is a journey into the joy of learning motivated by looking into the night sky and asking, “Why?”
  • Status: Work on this film will resume in early 2016 …
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I am Palestine

  • Genre: Documentary, short film
  • Synopsis: In an arena of polarised opinions and political agendas shaped around the middle East, it is important to say what this film is … and is not. This is not a politically charged film, nor one that points blame at a whole nation. The intent of this film is not to append the prefix “pro-” to “Palestine”, rather to break down stereotypes, to replace the broad claims with individual stories. This film brings us into the places of work and homes in Palestine. There we receive stories, both positive and challenging. This is the only way we can truly replace our innate desire to categorize and isolate with a desire to learn, to refer to them as one of us.
  • Status: Shot September 2012 – April 2013. Editing completed July 2016. Currently being submitted to film festivals worldwide.
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Why We Dance

  • Genre: Documentary, feature film
  • Logline: For all of recorded history, we have expressed ourselves through dance. Frustration, connection, despair and passion find outlet through this art and means of communication.
  • Status: This film is in its concept phase … awaiting unexpected doors to open.
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