Curated Filmmaker Q&A: ZERO GRAVITY

Enjoy the full 34-minute Q&A from the Explorers & Adventures audience feature film award winner, ZERO GRAVITY, recorded during the 2021 Online Friday Harbor Film Festival in October, or select a question below to review. Friday Harbor Film Festival will be featuring filmmaker Q&A's recorded during the annual festival in October throughout the winter.

03:17

Inspired by Students & Educators

Director Thomas Verrette discusses being inspired by students and educators.


04:57

The Original Idea

Verrette talks about how the original idea for ZERO GRAVITY developed and blossomed into a feature documentary film.


07:34

Why Campbell Middle School?

Of all the schools that participated in the Zero Robotics program, Verrette discusses how the Campbell Middle School teacher and class were chosen for the film.


09:56

Film Production Timeframe

How long did it take to make this film?


13:06

Editorial Process and NASA Footage

Verette talks about the editorial process becoming the writing process with this type of film, as well as the use of NASA historical footage.

17:22

Surprises and Backstories

A bit more about production surprises and the backstories of students.


21:23

Space & Time

"Humans have been living and working in space for as long as the students featured in the film have been alive." Verrette discusses the significance of this fact about his cast.


25:23

Zero Robotics Program

Zero Robotics is a programming and robotics challenge that takes place in space aboard the International Space Station, utilizing satellites known as SPHERES. Every year through Zero Robotics, thousands of students across the world compete in the ISS Finals Tournament, which sees the best codes of regions, states, and countries go head to head in a live-match up performed by the astronauts in orbit. Verrette talks about this program for Educators.

http://zerorobotics.mit.edu/


26:25

Next project for Verrette?


28:54

Audience Take-Aways?

Director Thomas Verrette on what he would like to see audience take away from his film.


32:36

How to Engage with the Film

Learn more about the film here: https://zerogravityfilm.com/

Facebook | Instagram | Twitter - @ZeroGravityDoc


33:33

ZERO GRAVITY 50-second promotional teaser.

Enjoy!

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