One Small Step

From the second half of the twentieth century onward, our view of NASA and its associated lore in movies have been inseparable. The astronaut, a uniquely American frontier hero whose myth and iconography made them the cowboy of the second half of the 20th century, has a position in our cultural memory that is inseparable from cinematic imagination. From pre-moon landing science fiction that dreamed of potential encounters with distant worlds through an organized space program (Planet of the Apes, 2001: A Space Odyssey) to reenactments of history celebrating the space program and the individuals involved (The Right Stuff, Apollo 13) to NASA/moon landing documentaries (For All Mankind, In the Shadow of the Moon) to later, more divergent science-fiction films that have emerged since the prominence of NASA has lessened (Armageddon and so on), NASA, space exploration, the moon landing, and its imagined associations have retained a prominent place in cinematic mythmaking prompted by continued fascination with the frontier of space and humanity’s place in it. Hell, we’ve wondered about the moon since the beginning of cinema. That our collective experience of space in both fiction (i.e., narrative cinema) and non-fiction has been via the moving image (i.e., watching the moon landing on TV) is perhaps what most thoroughly cements this porous association between NASA and its cinematic myth.


The Best Short Films

Why Watch? Because we all have questions for those who came before us. Doug Karr is the grandson of controversial journalist and businessman David Karr, but he never got to meet him. Since his grandfather was so strangely famous, he has some questions. This short sizzles with a sort of kinetic energy while it plays around with different styles. Doors of family kitchens open up into autopsy rooms, picture albums turn into to living live-action scenes, and it’s all done with a sleekness that seems effortlessly cool even if all of the questions Doug wants to ask will never get an answer. It’s a film that delivers mystery more than anything else, but it’s done brilliantly, and (oddly enough) intimately. How do you reconcile a man who’s equal parts famous bizarre figure and father to your father? What does it cost? Just 7 minutes of your time. Check out Ten For Grandpa for yourself:


If that headline doesn’t just scream “AWESOME” you’re a bit unfamiliar with what the definition of the word “awesome” is.

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published: 01.28.2015
published: 01.28.2015
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