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The Old Negro Space Program (2004)

The suppressed history of America's Black space program, in mockumentary form broadly satirizing Ken Burns and histories of the Negro Baseball Leagues.

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Wallace 'Suitcase' Jefferson
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Andy Bobrow ...
Dr. Warren Fingerroot
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Sullivan Carew (voice)
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In 1957, African-American astronauts found themselves unable to break the color barrier at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Undaunted, and on a shoestring budget, they formed their own space program, the "Negro-American Space Society of Astronauts" (NASSA). Told in documentary style satirizing Ken Burns' documentary "The Civil War," this comedic short traces NASSA's rise and fall with a nod to the true history of the Negro Baseball Leagues. Written by Orrin Bloquy

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The shocking-but-false story of America's Blackstronauts

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4 March 2004 (USA)  »

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Andy Bobrow later wrote the Community (2009) episode Community: Pillows and Blankets (2012), also a parody of Ken Burns's documentaries. See more »

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Wallace "Suitcase" Jefferson: See, in 1957 if you were Black, and if you were an astronaut, you were out of work.
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"This film is a parody. It is not intended for broadcast or resale. No one actually caught fire." See more »

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Outstanding!
8 June 2005 | by (Los Angeles, California) – See all my reviews

This is probably one of the funniest and best crafted short films I've ever seen. The humor is clever, the production value is top notch (as good as any History Channel documentary) and overall "The Negro Space Program" can hold its own with any "Chappelle Show" sketch. That says a lot, given the top quality of the material Dave Chappelle and Co. forge each season.

Oh, and ILM should hire the guys who did the graphics/doctored "historic" photos, because it's some of the best composite & blending work I've ever seen. The photos look like they were lifted right from a history book.

Amazing job, just want to give kudos to the filmmakers!


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