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LIGO – Generations

  • Genre: Documentary, short film
  • Storyline: Generations tells the story of four generations of researchers and scientists who have dedicated their lives to one of the most advanced astronomical tools on the planet, in search of evidence for the final, missing piece to Einstein’s theory of general relativity. Funded by the National Science Foundation, this film is the 2nd in a series which began with LIGO, A Passion for Understanding.
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LIGO – A Passion for Understanding

  • Genre: Documentary, short film
  • Storyline: A Passion for Understanding brings to life one of the most important astronomical tools of our time while telling the human story of creativity, passion, and drive to understand the very fabric of the Universe in which we live.
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SALT Collateral Benefits Program

  • Genre: Promotional, short film
  • Storyline: The SALT Collateral Benefits Programme (SCBP) was established during the construction of SALT (Southern African Large Telescope) as a means to utilise the knowledge, technology and other available resources within the SAAO and similar institutions in order to facilitate education enhancement, science communication, socio-economic development and public engagement and thereby contribute to the improvement of the quality of life of all people within reach.
  • Status: The SCBP contracted Over the Sun, LLC to produce a short film introduction to the SCBP and the means by which it entices learners, through science education.
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Monitor Gray

  • Genre: Science Fiction, short film
  • Storyline: 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: Film festival circuit completed in 2015. This short film is now live at www.monitorgray.com.
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MarsCrew134 Analog

  • Genre: Documentary, short film
  • Storyline: 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. These films will be rolled into The Explorers.
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Chasing Asteroid 1998 QE2

  • Date: May 2013
  • Genre: Educational, Documentary
  • Storyline: This was produced for the South African Astronomical Observatory as an experiment in how a short, documentary style film may be effective in presenting the very real intrigue and enthusiasm for science as enjoyed by scientists themselves. Astronomy in particular is a field of research which engages the public in a direct, life-long interest in what we see in the dark night skies.

    “If astronomers received this kind of coverage for the public to see on a daily basis, as well as astronomy projects around the world … it would be invaluable for the entire field. Astronomy has so many aspects that it touches, and no one has ever brought that to the attention of the public,” —JC Mauduit, IAU Office of Astronomy for Development.

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Beneath the Church of the Redeemer by Kai Staats Beneath the Church of the Redeemer by Kai Staats Beneath the Church of the Redeemer by Kai Staats Beneath the Church of the Redeemer by Kai Staats

The Archaeological Site at the Church of the Redeemer

  • Date: October 2012
  • Genre: Historic Education, Promotion
  • Storyline: During my volunteer position as Interim Communications Assistant for Bishop Munib Younan of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan & the Holy Land (ELCJHL), East Jerusalem, Palestine, I was given opportunity to work with the Germany Archaeological Institute to produce a short, edu-promo film about the four year effort to prepare the historic site beneath the Church of the Redeemer in the Old City of Jerusalem.What was uncovered far below the city streets surprised the archaeologists, and is astounding to everyone who visits.
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