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Ben Bova’s Mars

Mars by Ben Bova Return to Mars by Ben Bova Mars Life by Ben Bova

  • Genre: Documentary, science fiction
  • Storyline: Mars, Return to Mars, and Mars Life will be brought to life in a single film. Ben Bova’s Mars marks the first film produced from one of Dr. Bova’s novels. Mars will remain true to the form and intent of Bova’s exceptional storytelling, bringing to life the quest of Jamie Waterman and his crew to make the ultimate discovery on the planet Mars.
  • Status: This film is in research and early development.
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LIGO-SAAO Binary Neutron Star Merger

  • Genre: Documentary, short film
  • Storyline: On August 17, 2017, for the first time in history, gravitational waves generated by two merging neutron stars were detected by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatories (LIGO). And for the same event, gamma ray, x-ray, ultraviolet, optical, infrared, and radio observations were recorded.

    This world-wide collaboration of more than 70 observatories and hundreds of research institutions opens the new era in multi-messenger astronomy. The South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) and the Southern Africa Large Telescope (SALT) located in Sutherland, South Africa, played a prominent role in this historic astronomical event.

  • Status: Produced for the October 16, 2017 press conference hosted by the SAAO, Cape Town, South Africa.
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LIGO Detection by Kai Staats LIGO Detection by Kai Staats LIGO Detection by Kai Staats LIGO Detection by Kai Staats

LIGO Detection

  • Genre: Documentary, short film
  • Storyline: On September 14, 2015 the twin Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) detectors measured ripples in the fabric of spacetime – gravitational waves – generated by the merger of two massive black holes over one billion light years from Earth. This, the third film in the series, explains the effort required to validate the detection and then celebrates this incredible event.
  • Status: The world premiere was hosted by New Scientist, February 7, 2017.
  • Webpage and Facebook


Raw Science Film Festival - 2nd place Professional Documentary Super Geek Film Festival - Official Entry

 

Song of the Stars Song of the Stars Song of the Stars Song of the Stars

Song of the Stars

  • Genre: Live performance, feature film
  • Storyline: In this original fusion of science and dance, you will travel through the vast cosmos, witnessing 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. Told through the beauty, grace, and power of contemporary dance, Song of the Stars features performances by Seven Dance Company woven into a narration by astrophysicist Paul Sutter.
  • Status: The March 2016 Kickstarter campaign successfully raised $25,000. On April 21, Over the Sun’s Kai Staats, Leonardo Buono, Joe Chilcott, and Colleen Cooley captured the one-time live performance at the Capitol Theatre, Columbus, Ohio. On Saturday, January 28, 2017 the film, edited by Kai with an original musical score by Joe premiered at the Gateway Film Theater in downtown Columbus, Ohio, as announced on News Channel Fox28. The film played across the U.S. on PBS member stations, for the months of June, July, and August, reaching a potential of 50 million viewers.
  • Watch the trailer at Vimeo | Learn more at www.songofthestars.org | View PBS member listing stations

Best Director - Escape Velocity Film Festival - 2017

 

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, short film
  • Storyline: This film brings us into schools, places of work, and homes in Palestine where we receive stories, both encouraging and challenging.
  • Status: Shot September 2012 – April 2013. Editing completed July 2016. Multiple film festival screenings with two awards received.
  • Webpage and Facebook


Cabo Verde International Film Festival NYC Indie Film Awards Best Shorts Competition Colortape International Film Festival Phoenician International Film Festival Cape Cod Festival of Arab & Middle Eastern Cinema International Freethought Film Festival

 

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The Explorers

  • Genre: Documentary, feature film
  • Storyline: A single night with a telescope can open one’s mind for a lifetime. When a spec of light gives way to the rings of Saturn, the moons of Jupiter, or the glowing tail of a comet, 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: The personal film project that never ends …
  • Webpage and Facebook

 

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
  • Storyline: 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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