There are many beautiful things to see on the drive into Big Bear Lake, CA but one of the more interesting and unknown is the Planetarium Projector Museum. In an unassuming building a stone's throw from the lake, owner Owen Phairis has managed to compile the largest collection of planetarium projectors in the world. Phairis, who also does an electrical stage show as Nikola Tesla called "Man Of Lighting", has a very unique obsession with the retired machines. These fantastic optical relics have been rescued from defunct planetariums and schools, now taking residence under a re-purposed military parachute in Phairis' space. We spoke to Phairis about the projectors and were even lucky enough to get a private viewing of the stars.
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The International Space Orchestra feature film (69min) World Premiere screening at the International Film Festival in Rotterdam (IFFR).
The International Space Orchestra
A feature film directed by Nelly Ben Hayoun
Edited by Alice Powell
A Z33, V2_ and Nelly Ben Hayoun Studio Production
Co-presented at the IFFR by V2_ the Institute for Unstable Media
With kind support from XL Recordings, Penguin Café Ltd and Lighthouse.
Date: WORLD PREMIERE: Friday January 25th, 2013, 6:15 pm
Location: Schouwburg Kleine Zaal, IFFR, Rotterdam a part of the Signals: Sound Stage IFFR Programme
Followed by two extra screenings:
*Saturday Jan 26th in CINERAMA 7 at 14:45 , IFFR Rotterdam
*Tuesday Jan 29th in Lantaren Venster at 16:45, IFFR Rotterdam
*Details on IFFR Website
The International Space Orchestra’s film features:
-NASA Astronaut Yvonne Cagle as International Space Orchestra’s percussionist,
-Founder of SETI Institute (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) and Voyager Golden Record’s supervisor Frank Drake
-Lewis S.G. Braxton III, Deputy Director of NASA Ames Research Center as International Space Orchestra’s gong player,
-Cyberpunk Science fiction author and design critique Bruce Sterling,
-Composer Arthur Jeffes of Penguin Café,
-Musical director Mike Smith of Gorillaz Live
-Two time Grammy Award International Space Orchestra’s Musical Director: Evan Price and much more!….
Join the International Space Orchestra – an assembly of star-spangled space scientists from NASA Ames Research Center and SETI Institute-in the adventure of performing a unique drama of non-terrestrial communication and the techno-wonders of mission control rooms. Music by an all-star team of collaborators including Damon Albarn with Bobby Womack, Arthur Jeffes (Penguin Café), Maywa Denki and Bruce Sterling.
Experience the surrealism of this production merging science, technology, design and opera, this film captures all the behind-the-scenes action during the creation of the International Space Orchestra.
Space Scientists of NASA Ames Research Center and SETI Institute believe that understanding the crucial and elemental necessity of embracing both music and science will enable us to endure and thrive on our journey into space.
Inspired by our desire to understand the universe, and to rocket-propel our souls to further galaxies, the International Space Orchestra - is coming together to reach the final frontier!
In this tangential reality, your Flight Controller conducts arias and the Payload Officer works a baritone sax, while the Capsule Communicator plays the triangle.
Teaser music: Auraura Choralis, a music written by Arthur Jeffes and performed by the International Space Orchestra
THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE ORCHESTRA:
A film directed by Nelly Ben Hayoun
Film Editor: Alice Powell
Evan Price: Music Director and Conductor
Mike Smith: Music Arranger and Conductor, The Bravest Man in the Universe
Eric Tuan: Choir Conductor
Concept: Nelly Ben Hayoun
Executive Producer: Nelly Ben Hayoun
Camera Operator : Karna Sigurðardóttir
Camera Operator : Viktor Sebastian
Camera Operator : Nelly Ben Hayoun
Camera Operator: Matthew Murdoch
Camera Assistant: Gregory Singer
Sound Mixer supervisor: Alan Chang
Sound Mixer supervisor: Viktor Sebastian
Sound Recording: Alan Chang
Sound Recording: Viktor Sebastian
Sound Recording: Nelly Ben Hayoun
Nelly Ben Hayoun jumpsuits: Ruby Rocks Ltd
Ground Control: An Opera in Space: Ways and Means Film crew
Executive Producer: Lana Kim
Executive Producer: Jett Steiger
ISO project Manager: Phoebe Greenwood
Producer / Crew Director: Sebastian Pardo
Director of Photography: Autumn Durald
Editor: Ed Cardenas
Camera Operator: Jeff Webster
Camera Operator: Matthew Miller
Camera Operator: Stephen Pagano
Sound Recordist / Mixer: Anthony Enns
Sound Engineer: Jiwoo Han
Production Assistant: Dylan DiMaggio
Aephie Huimi: ISO Costume Design
ISO Logo: David Benqué
© Nelly Ben Hayoun