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Kai Staats - I am Palestine Kai Staats - I am Palestine Kai Staats - I am Palestine Kai Staats - I am Palestine

I am Palestine

  • Genre: Documentary
  • Synopsis: This short film works to bridge the cultural gap between Palestine and the West where assumptions are formed through the limited view of the mass media. This is not a politically charged film, nor one that points blame at a whole nation. Rather, it brings us into the places of work and homes of another culture. There we receive stories, both positive and challenging, to better understand. 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 – January 2013. A near-final draft is in review with estimated completion mid-2015.
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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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MarsCrew134 Analog

  • Genre: Documentary, short film
  • Logline: On January 18, 2014 a crew of six highly qualified scientists and engineers and one documentary film maker entered the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) in the high, winter desert near Hanksville, Utah, for the duration of two weeks.
  • Status: Six 3-minute films were in January 2014 produced exclusively for Space.com, each introducing the work of the six crew members. Funding to support the edit of a proper documentary is now being solicited.
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Monitor Gray

  • Genre: Science Fiction, short film
  • Logline: In the shadow of a shattered U.S. economy where States are seceding from the Union, one man gains prominence, wealth, and power by defeating cancer through what he claims is the hand of God. Monitor Gray tells of the rise to power of a City-State which promises heaven on Earth for those who are willing to succumb; and of a love that binds, over distance and through time.
  • Status: This film is now awaiting feedback from film festivals …
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Kai Staats - Why We Dance, a documentary film Kai Staats - Why We Dance, a documentary film Kai Staats - Why We Dance, a documentary film Kai Staats - Why We Dance, a documentary film

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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