Move over “The Martian.” Artist Tom Sachs and filmmaker Van Neistat are looking to show Mars in a way movie audiences have never seen before. Marking the followup to Sachs’ 2012 installation piece “Space Program 2.0: MARS,” “A Space Program” documents his artistic team’s handcrafted mission to Mars. The film shows the process of creating the installation while seeking to answer some of humankind’s most eternal questions.
The official synopsis reads: “In ‘A Space Program,’ internationally acclaimed artist Tom Sachs takes us on an intricately handmade journey to the red planet, providing audiences with an intimate, first-person look into his studio and methods. The film is both a piece of art in its own right and a recording of Sachs’ historic piece, ‘Space Program 2.0: MARS,’ which opened at New York’s Park Avenue Armory in 2012. For ‘Space Program 2.0: MARS,’ Sachs and his team built an entire space program from scratch. They were guided by the philosophy of bricolage: creating and constructing from available yet limited resources. They ultimately sent two female astronauts to Mars in search of the answer to humankind’s ultimate question… are we alone?”
The doc premiered back at SXSW last year and will be hitting select theaters on March 18, starting with the brand new Metrograph in New York City. Watch the trailer above.