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ZERO GRAVITY
(74 min) US
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SUNDAY 10/24, 1:00 PM (SESSION 7)

Director: Thomas Verrette
Producers: Haller Rice, Thomas Verrette, Stacy Parks

Description:

Zero Gravity follows a diverse group of middle-school students from San Jose, CA, who compete in a nationwide tournament to code satellites aboard the International Space Station. Seen through the wondrous eyes of three young students and their first-time coach, they each take an intimate and personal journey to space as their team grows from amateur coders to representing California in the ISS Finals Tournament — the culmination of a summer-long adventure that sees their incredible accomplishment performed by astronauts in orbit. The competition in Zero Gravity is called Zero Robotics and is run by the MIT Space Systems Laboratory in collaboration with NASA and CASIS, and their goal is to utilize the International Space Station for student experiments in zero gravity in support of real-world problems facing space scientists today. The mission in the film is to create a GPS system around Mars for future exploration of the red planet.

Biography:

Thomas Verrette is an award-winning director, producer, and editor. A 14-year film veteran, Verrette is a former FOX creative and production executive, and is most known for producing the 20-episode FOX Sports docu-series, Phenoms and editing the Goalkeepers episode. He created the promo campaigns for series Kingdom, starring Frank Grillo, Nick Jonas, and Jonathan Tucker, and Rogue, starring Thandie Newton and Cole Hauser, and Ice, directed by Antoine Fuqua. He directed promos for The Dan Patrick Show, The Rich Eisen Show, and Undeniable with Joe Buck, and he was nominated for multiple PromaxBDAawards. He was the executive producer for the documentary Ordinary Gods.

Stacy Parks has overseen and/or been involved in independent film financing, production, and distribution for over 20 years as a sales agent, consultant, producer, and executive producer. She began her career at the William Morris Agency where she spent her tenure in the indie film packaging and financing department, as well as feature film lit, talent, and music. Stacey continued a career in distribution and international sales working for such companies as Icon and BBC WW. She's been involved in the development, production, and distribution of several films including Miss Virginia.

Contact Information:

w: http://zerogravitydoc.com
e: tverrette@skylightcinema.com​​



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