“I Want To Be An Astronaut” will soon become the first film EVER to premiere in space, for the astronauts on board the International Space Station.
What started as a thesis project by filmmaker David Ruck is quickly becoming one of the most talked-about documentary films among space professionals and enthusiasts alike.
The film follows Blair Mason, who has wanted to be an astronaut since he was three years old. Now 19 and earning academic honors at the Naval Academy, Mason is excited about the fact that the Academy has graduated more astronauts than any other U.S. institution.
Requested by ISS astronaut Rick Mastracchio after Ruck sent him a Facebook message, the movie “draws attention to the importance of STEM education as it relates to our nation’s ability to remain on the cutting edge of science and technology – creating the jobs of the future – and the need for a vibrant space program to provide the context needed for young people to pursue these challenging and exciting career fields.” (from the film’s website)
“To have this be seen in space — I still don’t know how to find words to describe how awesome that is,” says filmmaker David Ruck. “I hope (the crew) can see this kid and say, ‘Yep, that was me once.’ ”
While the film is set to premiere on the ISS sometime in the coming week, the production team is hard at work screening the film around the country, with discussions through multiple on and offline platforms. Copies of the film are currently available for educations, organizations, and schools, and will be available to all very soon.