Independent production house ‘The Attic Room’ has teamed up with crowd funding platform IndieGoGo www.indiegogo.com/firstorbit to seek sponsorship for the release of its innovative feature documentary film ‘First Orbit’, as a new multi-language DVD & Blu-Ray; taking the story of humanity’s first spaceflight to even more cultures across the world.
The Attic Room’s new initiative with IndieGoGo, is in direct response to requests from fans across the world for a DVD and gives them a unique chance to become part of this historic film project. Those interested can now choose from a selection of opportunities listed on the IndieGoGo site; from a $10 “First Orbit Philanthropist” credit at the end of the movie through to a larger package which includes title sponsorship of the entire film for $15,000.
First Orbit premiered with English subtitles in April 2011 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s pioneering spaceflight at over 1600 crowd sourced screening events in more than 130 countries, First Orbit Director/Producer Christopher Riley says; “Our new campaign encourages fans to support the DVD release in a number of ways, one of which is by purchasing their very own on-screen credit through the indiegogo platform. We’ve been overwhelmed by the passion and interest expressed by people to bring the story of Gagarin’s flight to other cultures and languages around the planet and I really hope we can raise enough money to release a DVD and Blu-Ray of First Orbit in time for 12 April 2012”.
Soon after the film’s global premiere, Riley started receiving requests from all over the world to translate the documentary’s English subtitles into other languages. And as a result of a call to action, launched at the International Astronautical Congress in Cape Town this October, ‘First Orbit’ has now been translated into 30 languages.
This is the first time that Gagarin’s complete spaceflight, in his own words, has been transcribed and translated so widely. Transcripts of the film in all these languages are available to download for free on the project’s web site at: www.firstorbit.org/translations, for fans to use at future screenings and annual celebrations of humankind’s first spaceflight. “In the last eight weeks we’ve received translations in almost every European language as well as many Middle Eastern, Indian and Asian languages”, said Chris Riley.
Multi-language DVD or Blu-Ray copies of ‘First Orbit’ can also be pre-ordered from the IndieGoGo page to help fund manufacturing of the discs. Chris Riley says; “As soon as we launched the call to action for crowd sourcing our translations, we began to receive requests for the film to be released on DVD; which I guess for many people around the world is still the easiest way of watching the film”.
Christopher Riley Director and Producer – First Orbit, worked on data from NASA’s Spacelab 1 project, flown on an early Shuttle mission, for his Ph.D. at Imperial College, University of London before embarking on a career making science documentaries for the BBC. He has worked with the NASA film archive for the past fifteen years on projects ranging from the BBC’s landmark series ‘The Planets’ to the highly acclaimed feature documentary film ‘In the Shadow of the Moon ’. He created his first video installation from this material for the 40th anniversary of the first Moon landing during the summer of 2009. ‘Apollo Raw and Uncut ’ played in gallery spaces in London and Montreal and was the first time the entire 23 hours of Apollo mission flight film archive and been screening in public.
Paolo Nespoli Director of Photography – First Orbit, is a European Space Agency astronaut. He was born the year that Sputnik was launched and went on to study aerospace engineering in both Milan and New York. Paolo was selected as an astronaut in 1998 and made his first space flight onboard Space Shuttle Discovery (STS-120) in October 2007 on a 15 day mission working on construction of the International Space Station. He returned to the Space Station in December 2010 as a member of Expedition 26 for a six month stay in orbit, conducting experiments in fluid physics, radiation, biology and technology demonstrations, as well as public outreach work like the First Orbit project.
First Orbit was made in collaboration with the European Space Agency, and the Expedition 26/27 crew of the International Space Station.
The film ‘First Orbit’ was created by matching the orbital path of the International Space Station, as closely as possible, to that of Gagarin’s Vostok 1 spaceship.
The film can be seen theatrically on the 12 April at one of more than 200 “Yuri’s Night” parties being held around the World to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of human space flight. For more information visit www.firstorbit.org
Yuri Gagarin & Vostok 1
Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin was a Soviet cosmonaut who, on 12 April 1961, became the first human to journey into outer space, launching to orbit aboard the Vostok 1 spacecraft. His call sign for the flight was ‘Cedar’ – meaning Siberian Pine. Ground Control referred to themselves as Dawn.
His pioneering flight around the world took 108 minutes.
Unsure of the effect of space flight on a human being, the spacecraft’s controls were run by an automatic system, with Gagarin only permitted to take control in an emergency.
The flight of Vostok 1 began at 06:07 Universal Time (UT), boosted into orbit by a Vostok-K series rocket.
Since the Vostok capsule’s parachute landing system was deemed too rough for a cosmonaut to risk Gagarin ejected whilst still seven kilometres above the ground. He made his final descent on his own parachute and landed back on Earth 108 minutes after launch.
He was back on Earth having flown right around the Earth by 07:55 UT.