Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of NASA’s Voyager Mission This August
NEW YORK, NY. – Wednesday, August 2, 2017 — Abramorama announced today the acquisition of U.S. and Canadian theatrical distribution rights for the award winning documentary The Farthest, which celebrates NASA’s Voyager mission. The film will be released theatrically in New York and Los Angeles on August 11th, with additional one-night event screenings around the country to follow. August 2017 marks the 40thanniversary of the mission launch. Abramorama negotiated the deal with HHMI Tangled Bank Studios on behalf of the filmmakers.
Written and directed by award winning documentary filmmaker Emer Reynolds (Here Was Cuba, Three Men Go To War), the film tells the story of one of humankind’s greatest achievements — the Voyager space mission which defied all the odds visiting for the first time our solar system’s outer planets before achieving humankind’s very first journey into interstellar space. Likely to survive for millions of years, these little crafts carry a time capsule of Earth – a Golden Record made under the direction of astronomer Carl Sagan bearing recordings and images of life on our planet. In all likelihood, the two Voyagers and their Golden Records will outlive humanity. The film is produced by John Murray (On A River In Ireland) and Clare Stronge (Spider House) for Crossing the Line; and executive produced by John Rubin, Dennis Liu and Sean B. Carroll, Vice President for Science Education of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
The Farthest has received worldwide critical acclaim at major international festivals including Edinburgh, Seattle, Sydney, Tribeca and the Audi Dublin International Film Festival (ADIFF)— where it scooped the coveted AUDI-ence award as well as Best Irish Documentary and the George Byrne Maverick Award, which was presented to Reynolds. Garnering five-star reviews in Ireland, the Sunday Independent is calling it “one of the big screen events of the year”. The Farthest was supported by Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board (IFB) and produced in association with HHMI Tangled Bank Studios, RTÉ, BBC, ZDF, Arte and PBS. The Farthestwill air on PBS on August 23rd at 9 p.m. EST / 8 p.m. CST.
About HHMI Tangled Bank Studios
HHMI Tangled Bank Studios is a production company established and funded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) as an extension of its longstanding science education mission. Dedicated to the creation of original science documentaries for broadcast, theatrical and digital distribution, the company’s award-winning programs address important contemporary issues and capture compelling stories of discovery across all branches of scientific inquiry. For more information, please visit www.tangledbankstudios.org. HHMI is a science philanthropy whose mission is to advance basic biomedical research and science education for the benefit of humanity. The institute is the largest private supporter of science education in the country.
Abramorama is the preeminent theatrical distributor of music films in the US today and recognized for the consistent high quality of its work on award winning feature films. An innovator in the focused, personalized form of film distribution and event cinema, Abramorama provides invaluable alternatives to filmmakers and content owners. An industry leader in marketing and promotion, Abramorama continues to trail-blaze exciting new pathways for filmmakers to find their audience. Over the course of more than 15 years, Abramorama has successfully distributed and marketed hundreds of films, including Ron Howard’s Grammy award®-winning The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years; Amir Bar-Lev’s Long Strange Trip – The Untold Story of the Grateful Dead; Corbett Redford and Green Day’s Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk, John Scheinfeld’s Chasing Trane – The John Coltrane Documentary; Brett Bern’s BANG! The Bert Berns Story; Jill Campbell’s Mr. Chibbs; Tomer Heymann’s Mr. Gaga; Dawn Porter’s Trapped; Kim A. Snyder’s Newtown; Charles Ferguson’s Time To Choose; Asif Kapadia’s Senna; Neil Young’s Greendale; Cameron Crowe’s Pearl Jam Twenty; Sacha Gervasi’s Anvil! The Story Of Anvil; Banksy’s Academy Award®-nominated, Exit Through the Gift Shop; the surprise indie hit Awake: The Life of Yogananda; Laurie Anderson’s astonishing New York Times critics’ pick, Heart of a Dog, Showtime’s National Board of Review Winner Listen to Me Marlon and Draft House Releasing’s 2016 Documentary Academy Award®-Nominee and IDA Best Documentary Winner The Look of Silence. Abramorama is a founding partner of The Seventh Art Stand program, an act of cinematic solidarity against Islamophobia, that ran in more than 50 theaters across the United States in May of 2017. For more information visit www.abramorama.com
Photo Credit: NASA/KSC