Film screening: “Saving Hubble” on Mon., June 10, at 7:30 PM

Saving_Hubble_poster72dpiDirector David Gaynes will screen and discuss his documentary “Saving Hubble” at the Best Video Performance Space on Monday, June 10, starting at 7:30 PM.  Admission for this screening is $5.

The film is about the successful effort to save and repair the space telescope and how that complex piece of equipment connects humans to the wider universe. Gaynes has been showing the film as part of his “Hubble Roadshow,” events that often include panel discussions about related issues and—weather conditions permitting—post-screening star viewing through the telescopes of amateur astronomers.

David Gaynes is a documentary filmmaker and cameraman. “Saving Hubble” tells the story of the fight to keep the Hubble Space Telescope alive during a complicated period in NASA (and American) history. David is drawing world-wide attention for “Saving Hubble”‘s grassroots, ad-hoc distribution campaign, affectionately titled the Hubble Roadshow. He is also finishing a new documentary feature about a pilgrimage to Israel taken by a group of nursing home residents, currently titled “Next Year in Jerusalem.” David was the cinematographer of the recent award-winning documentary feature “All Me: The Life and Times of Winfred Rembert” (Dir. Vivian Ducat). In 2005, he won multiple festival awards for his debut documentary feature “Keeper of the Kohn,” which explored the life and challenges of Peter Kohn, the 70-year old waterboy of the Middlebury College Lacrosse Team. David lives in New York City, making a living on a mix of income from film projects and freelance camera and directorial work.

From a 2012 review of “Saving Hubble” by Jeff Foust for The Space Review:

One of the more remarkable grassroots space advocacy efforts of the last decade was the public response to NASA’s plans in 2004 to cancel the final servicing mission to the Hubble Space Telescope. The overwhelmingly negative reaction to that decision transcended the usual narrow communities of space activists into the general public, overshadowing the debate about the future of NASA’s human spaceflight plans—the Vision for Space Exploration—that was taking place at the same time. Those lobbying efforts paid off: in 2006 NASA reversed its earlier decision, electing to carrying out the servicing mission, which the STS-125 shuttle crew carried out successfully in May 2009.

“Saving Hubble” does provide some history about the telescope, charting the highs and lows, such as the reaction to its optical aberration discovered shortly after launch to the successful repairs of the telescope and the imagery it’s produced. The bulk of the film, though, is about the decision by then-NASA administrator Sean O’Keefe to cancel the final Hubble servicing mission, and the reaction by both astronomers and the public. The film features interviews with some of the scientists and engineers involved with Hubble and journalists who covered it, but it also includes a broad cross-section of the public as well, talking about Hubble and what it means to them. Gaynes casts a wide net here, from a gregarious taxicab driver in Nashville to high school athletes and cheerleaders in Kansas to even the commercial spaceflight pioneers working at Mojave Air and Space Port in California.

View the trailer for “Saving Hubble”:

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