The Farthest to Screen at Festivals in Galway and Dublin this Weekend

Posted July 13, 2017 by Suzanne Murray in News
The Farthest
The Farthest

Emer Reynolds’ award-winning documentary The Farthest which tells the story of NASA’s iconic Voyager mission and its Golden Record will screen at both the IFI’s Dark Skies Festival and the Galway Film Fleadh this weekend.  The Dark Skies Festival screening takes place on Sunday 16th July at 8pm and will be followed by a Q&A with director Emer Reynolds, former NASA astronaut Daniel M. Tani, Theoretical Physicist Lawrence M. Krauss and Norah Patten, International Space University.  The screening is nearly sold out but the remaining tickets can be purchased on the IFI website http://ifi.ie/dark-skies-the-farthest/.  The Galway Film Fleadh screening of the film takes place tomorrow, July 14th in the Town Hall Theatre at 2pm and can be purchased on the Galway Film Fleadh website http://tinyurl.com/y8colrdm.

It’s one of humankind’s greatest achievements.  More than 12 billion miles away a tiny spaceship is leaving our Solar System and entering the void of deep space – the first human-made object ever to do so.  Launched in August 1977, Voyager has defied all the odds, survived countless near misses and almost 40 years later continues to beam revolutionary information across unimaginable distances with less computing power than a modern hearing aid.  It’s estimated that Voyager’s nuclear generator will last another decade before the lights finally go out.  But this little craft will travel on for millions of years, carrying a Golden Record bearing recordings and images of life on Earth.  It could very well outlive humanity and our creations and be the only evidence that we ever existed.

An entirely Irish production, The Farthest includes interviews with 30 of the original scientists and engineers who built and flew the ground breaking mission, never-seen-before archive footage from inside NASA along with spectacular CGI, designed and created by Irish talent.  The film not only celebrates these magnificent machines, the people who built them and the vision that propelled them farther than anyone could have ever hoped but it also explores what it is to be human and the mysteries that define our existence.

The film has been capturing the imaginations of audiences across the globe since its world premiere at the Audi Dublin International Film Festival earlier this year where it picked up three awards for Best Irish Documentary, the AUDI-ence Award and the George Byrne Maverick Award (Emer Reynolds).  It has gone on to screen at some of the world’s most renowned film festivals including Tribeca, Sydney and Edinburgh.

The Farthest was produced by John Murray and Clare Storage for Crossing the Line Films in association with Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board, HHMI Tangled Bank Studios, RTÉ, BBC, ZDF, Arte, PBS.  Developed with the support of the Creative Europe Programme – MEDIA of the European Union and produced with the support of investment incentives for the Irish film industry provided by the Government of Ireland.

The Farthest will be released in Irish cinemas by Wildcard Distribution on July 28th.