Visual effects have moved ahead leaps and bounds, allowing filmmakers to create stories in outer space that feel breathtakingly real. However, you can put all the razzle and dazzle you want up on the screen, but if you don’t have a great story to tell, it doesn’t mean much. Director Van Neistat doesn’t have to worry about that problem in “A Space Program,” which embraces its lo-fi aesthetics and is no less intriguing for it.
Featuring Sam Ratanarat, Mary Eannarino, Evan Murphy, Chris Beeston, Pat McCarthy, Nick Doyle, Kevin Hand, Jeff Lurie, and Jared Vandeusen, the film is document and drama all rolled into one, chronicling artist Tom Sachs‘ incredible installation “Space Program 2.0: MARS” which sees him create a crude space program that will take two female astronauts to Mars to try and discover if there’s any other life out there. And in this exclusive clip, you can check out the thrilling buildup to launch.
“A Space Program” will have its first screening at SXSW on Monday, March 16th at 9 PM.