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Project of the Day: One Astronaut’s 17 Year Secret

Project of the Day: One Astronaut's 17 Year Secret

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“The Astronaut’s Secret” Tweetable Logline:

17 years ago he went into space with a big secret. Now he’s on a new mission.

Elevator Pitch:

“The Astronaut’s Secret” will be a 30 minute documentary about the life of Astronaut Rich Clifford. It will uncover how he and NASA kept his Parkinson’s Disease a secret for 17 years, explore the impact of the end of the Shuttle Program on Rich’s life, and follow him as he speaks nationwide about the importance of Early Detection of Parkinson’s Disease.

Production Team:

Writer/Director/Producer/Editor – Zach Jankovic Music: Mark Crawford Cinematographer: Ray Cortez

About the Production:

“I first heard about Rich’s story from my dad, who was the doctor that diagnosed Rich 17 years ago. I’ve always wanted to meet an astronaut since I always viewed them as a symbol of perfection. However when I heard Rich’s story I knew it was something important and with Rich’s blessing I began filming right away.” — Zach Jankovic

Current Status:


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