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Here Christopher Riley describes the making of First Orbit, which uses footage shot from the International Space Station and original mission audio to recreate Yuri Gagarin's historic first space flight
• Read an interview with Yuri Gagarin's daughter
• Watch First Orbit
There comes a time in the history of a planet when any technologically advanced life forms that have evolved on its surface decide to send one of their species into space. Planet Earth had to wait over 4.6bn years for this moment, and when it came 50 years ago there were no cameras on board the spacecraft to capture for posterity the first spaceman's view of his home.
Rather than being an oversight, this probably had more to do with the fact that filming technology had been left behind by our sudden leap into the Space Age, and there simply wasn't enought room inside the cramped Vostok 1 capsule for Yuri Gagarin to wield a primitive, »
[Premiere Screening: Friday, Jan. 21, 9:45 pm -- Broadway Centre Cinemas V, Salt Lake City]
If I am completely honest, I would say that the biggest surprise was getting into competition at Sundance! I took on The Flaw because it seemed like a really difficult project to pull off. The brief was to make a film about the fundamental underlying cause of the present economic crisis. The first problem was therefore to identify what that was, to get beyond the stories of Wall Street shenanigans (which were obviously a big part of what went wrong, but equally clearly not the whole story, since greed and stupidity are not 21st-century inventions) to the deeper forces (mis)shaping American capitalism.
In fact, I was not too worried about the content because I have discovered from experience that the process of making a documentary film — the months of research and thought, the privileged access (in this case to everyone from distressed homeowners to Wall Street insiders to the »
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2 items from 2011
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