Cinemapolis Goes Interstellar w/ New Documentary

Featuring Q & A w/ Nick Sagan
Tuesday, August 22 at 7 pm

THE FARTHEST tells the captivating tales of the people and events behind one of humanity’s greatest achievements in exploration: NASA’s Voyager mission, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this August. Still going strong four decades after launch, each spacecraft carries an iconic golden record with greetings, music and images from Earth—a gift for any aliens that might one day find it.

Voyager 1, which left our solar system and ushered humanity into the interstellar age in 2012, is the farthest-flung object humans have ever created. A billion years from now, when our sun has flamed out and burned Earth to a cinder, the Voyagers and their golden records will still be sailing on—perhaps the only remaining evidence that humanity ever existed.

This one-night-only theatrical event will feature a special post-show discussion with Nick Sagan, contributor to the film and one of the voices on the famed golden records. Sagan is a writer/producer of novels, screenplays, teleplays, comic books, animation episodes and computer games. His credits include the Kirkus-starred post-apocalyptic novel Idlewild, which Neil Gaiman hailed as “a rollercoaster ride of fusion fiction… the kind of book you simply don’t want to stop reading”; several episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Voyager; the Discovery Science miniseries Alien Encounters, which imagines the human response to extraterrestrial contact; the award-winning graphic adventure game, Zork Nemesis: The Forbidden Lands; and (with science writers Andy Walker and Mark Frary) You Call This the Future? which Publisher’s Weekly hailed as a “delightful ‘expedition in search of the future’, providing clear explanations of today’s cutting-edge technologies to find where science fiction has become reality.” Based here in Ithaca, Nick teaches screenwriting at Ithaca College.

In 1977, Nick’s greeting, “Hello from the children of Planet Earth,” was recorded onto the Voyager Golden Record as a representation of the English language.