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Robert Pearlman
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posted 02-15-2018 12:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
"Searching for Skylab" is the first feature-length documentary film about NASA's Skylab project, coming in July 2018.
Skylab was a crucial element in human space exploration, which happened to fall in the immediate shadow of the Apollo lunar missions. Hundreds of hours of video & audio recordings exist from it, yet it is unlikely that you've seen or heard much of it.

Searching for Skylab is an independently-produced documentary made for people like you, to let you see and hear the real stories behind Skylab for themselves, some of which have never been told before!

The film is packed with exclusive interviews, allowing you to understand why its story remains one of the greatest, albeit mostly forgotten, American triumphs of all time!

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posted 02-15-2018 04:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SkyMan1958   Click Here to Email SkyMan1958     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That's great!

Skylab is definitely the forgotten program amongst early US manned spaceflight. At last, something besides NASA's 1975 mission flic, "Four Rooms, Earth View."

Mike Dixon
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posted 02-15-2018 06:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mike Dixon   Click Here to Email Mike Dixon     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It was a great triumph. Bold, daring and quite a high point in ingenuity.

Dwight
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posted 02-19-2018 09:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dwight   Click Here to Email Dwight     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The following people were interviewed for Searching for Skylab:

Joe Kerwin, Paul Weitz and family, Jack Lousma and family, Owen Garriott, Ed Gibson and family, Jerry Carr (via leased GNAT footage), Bruce McCandless, Vance Brand, and Dr. Kohoutek. The Pogue family are also assisting with personal collections to present Bill's story.

From ground engineers and support: Roy Logston, Bill Weaver, John Reaves.

From Honeysuckle Creek: Hamish Lindsay, John Saxon, Colin Cochran, Bernard Smith, Phil Maier, Cyril Fenwick and Glenn Nagle (Tidbinbilla Visitor Center Manager).

Space experts: David Hitt, Emily Carney, and Andrew Chaikin.

Archive material comes in at around 500 hours from which to choose.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 03-07-2018 04:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There is now a Kickstarter campaign to support the post-production, licensing, marketing and publicity expenses for "Searching for Skylab."
No further filming is required, but we need to still complete the post-production.

The colour grading and final edit are the crucial phase in the film-making process. We require the expertise of an experienced colour grader to ease the burden of getting the film ready for its July 2018 launch date at the Spacefest in Arizona.

Acquisition of the 16mm footage

We need to acquire archival NASA footage. We are working from watermarked screeners, but will need to pay the costs of getting the clean footage delivered to us for use in the film, once the rough cut is completed.

Marketing & Promoting of the Film

Being independent, we need a strong and robust marketing and promotion campaign to make sure our potential audience knows about the film and sees/purchases it. We already have a solid social media base, but good publicity will help people learn about Skylab .

This project will be funded if it reaches its goal of $20,839 by April 6, 2018.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 03-09-2018 04:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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'Searching for Skylab' film seeks to return first US space station to public view

Before the International Space Station and before the space shuttle, but after the last astronauts walked on the moon, nine Americans took the first steps to establishing a U.S. foothold in Earth orbit.

Skylab was the first U.S. space station, but today, beyond a few museum exhibits and the occasional reference to its eventful end, the orbital workshop is largely missing from public view. A new feature-length documentary, "Searching for Skylab," is aimed at correcting that oversight.

Dwight
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posted 03-29-2018 03:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dwight   Click Here to Email Dwight     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
With just over a week to go in the Kickstarter campaign, now is the time to show your support for having Skylab become a talked-about commodity. If we fail to reach the goal, we do not get any financing from Kickstarter. That would be way too much of a shame for a story that needs to be told.

For those who have already pledged to the project, I humbly thank you!

Dwight
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posted 04-06-2018 05:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dwight   Click Here to Email Dwight     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am happy to announced that we have reached our target goal!

A huge thanks goes out to Robert Pearlman for supporting us by telling the world about our film and campaign. We couldn't have done it without you!

Thank you to all the people from collectSPACE who pledged. You have guaranteed this film's completion. We are humbled by your enthusiasm and support! — Dwight and the Searching for Skylab team.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 04-10-2018 11:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Congratulations Dwight! Looking forward to seeing the finished film!
172 backers pledged £15,982 to help bring this project to life.

Dwight
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posted 04-11-2018 06:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dwight   Click Here to Email Dwight     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you Robert!

We are still receiving queries from people who want to support us. In the coming days we will set up the option to accept post-campaign pledges.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 02-04-2019 07:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
U.S. Space & Rocket Center release
'Searching for Skylab' Premiere

You are cordially invited to join us for the "Searching for Skylab" premiere at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama, the birthplace of Skylab.

This exclusive event is Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, at 5:30 p.m., on the 45th anniversary of the SL-4 splashdown.

After the screening, join us for a panel discussion featuring Skylab engineers and astronauts including Dr. Ed Gibson and Colonel Jack Lousma (USMC, Ret.). Skylab astronauts Jerry Carr and Owen Garriott will join the panel via Skype. Sue and Amy Sue Bean, wife and daughter of the late Al Bean will also be attending.

Other panelist includes Herb Baker (son of Alyene Baker, parasol seamstress), Jay Chladek (Author and Space Historian), Mark Gray (space historian, film director), David Hitt (space historian, author), John Reaves (engineer), Dwight Steven-Boniecki (film director), Willie (Bill) Weaver (engineer).

Immediately following the panel discussion, astronaut Ed Gibson will be signing autographs for a fee. A book signing featuring authors David Hitt and Dwight Steven-Boniecki (film director) will also take place.

Hors d'oeuvres are included in ticket price ($45 per person) and a cash bar will be available.

  • 5:30 pm – 5:35 pm Science-fiction movie "Apogee of Fear" filmed in space by Richard Garriott. (TBC)
  • 5:35 pm – 7:05 pm Searching for Skylab – The movie
  • 7:05 pm – 7:30 pm Break
  • 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm Skylab Panel
  • 8:30 pm – 9:00 pm Autograph Session

Robert Pearlman
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posted 02-12-2019 11:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
WZDX News reports on the "Searching for Skylab" premiere:

Jacques van Oene
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posted 02-14-2019 04:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jacques van Oene     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
When and were can de rest of the world see this?

Dwight
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posted 02-14-2019 08:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dwight   Click Here to Email Dwight     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Jacques, thank you for your important query. If you sign up to our newsletter here you will get information as soon as it becomes available. We are looking at limited cinema releases across the world (The Netherlands included). Additionally Blu-ray, DVD and VoD is being organized as we speak.

Thank you for your interest!

Dwight
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posted 03-02-2019 08:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dwight   Click Here to Email Dwight     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The film will be available for streaming/download on Wednesday (March 6). An announcement will be made here upon release.

In the meantime please enjoy the March 1 interview I did with Dr. David Livingston on the Space Show. We had a number of special guests appear as well!

Dwight
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posted 03-02-2019 08:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dwight   Click Here to Email Dwight     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Also, at the premiere on Feb. 8, Jack Lousma decided to recreate his famous shower photograph much to the amazement of all in attendance in the Huntsville 1G Skylab trainer!

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posted 03-04-2019 05:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dwight   Click Here to Email Dwight     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Good news, everyone! Searching fo Skylab is available for pre-order, and the official release date is tomorrow!

There is only one feature-length film about Skylab: "Searching for Skylab." Why not come and see what all the buzz was about at Spacefest and Huntsville?

Dwight
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posted 03-05-2019 07:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dwight   Click Here to Email Dwight     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It is a humbling honour to receive word from Dr Ed Gibson, who flew on SL-4 and who, with his crewmates, held the record for living in space for nearly two decades, about the film. He said:
Dwight - You did a great job and put in a supreme effort. I loved it. WELL DONE!
Then shortly afterwards to hear from Jack Lousma (Col, USMC, Ret.), who flew on SL-3, and later commanded STS-3 stated:
I am especially grateful for your interest, time, and effort to bring Skylab "out of the closet" after these many years of lingering in the shadow of Apollo. The attitude of those times seemed to be "after the great adventures of the Apollo lunar landings, why are we returning to Earth orbit?" Space buffs and general public developed a huge contrast between Apollo and Skylab that became, as Bill Pogue put it, "NASA's best kept secret." For more recent generations, however, that contrast has begun to fade, resulting in greater interest and curiosity about Skylab.

"Searching for Skylab" fills that gap in a timely and effective fashion, as do your "NASA Mission Report" volumes in expansive and complete detail. My hat is off to you for bringing Skylab into its rightful place in the history of manned spaceflight!

The film finally puts into perspective the great achievement that is Skylab.

Rick Mulheirn
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posted 03-05-2019 04:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just watched the new "Searching for Skylab" movie and thoroughly enjoyed it. Took me back to my teens when I followed the program as best I could from the UK. Delighted to see contributions from some of the key participants before they sadly left us: just a shame that Pete and Al did not get to share in the movie experience.

The movie affords the Skylab program the recognition it so richly deserves: recognition that has until now been sadly lacking.

Many congratulations to Steve, Dwight and the rest of the team that brought the project to fruition.

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An excellent film! It's nice that someone has finally done a film on an extremely important, and almost totally forgotten, part of America's space program.

I quite enjoyed hearing some of the background stories behind Skylab. I particularly enjoyed seeing some of Bill Pogue's experiments.

Check it out if you have the chance.

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This was a project that was long overdue and I'm glad it was tackled by Dwight (and his excellent team). His Skylab knowledge is legendary, as is his passion for the subject. The documentary contains footage I had never seen before. Highly recommended.

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To reiterate what Ed has stated, "Searching for Skylab" has a lot of footage that has really never been seen before! Including possibly the only view of the micrometeroid shield coming off, as filmed by a long range tracking camera further south of the launch site, which had an uninterrupted view of the Saturn V between Mode 1 Bravo and Mode 1 Charlie.

Additionally this view also shows an anomalous plume, which matches the report findings of the S-II skirting problems. As the shot is long range, detail is lost, but so far everyone who has seen the footage says the can see something happening at the MS location.

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posted 05-01-2019 04:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Blackarrow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Even sight unseen, I don't have the slightest doubt it will be "worth our while."

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I recently got my copy of the Blu-ray from Dwight and Alexandra, and all I can say is that it's great! I urge everybody to take a look at the film if you get the chance.

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We are proud and overjoyed to announce that Searching for Skylab has won the category of Best Documentary in the Eastern Europe Film Festival competition, held in Craiova, Romania.

It is fitting that an often overlooked part of NASA's outstanding history has found prestige and fame in a part of the world that was forbidden from celebrating it when it was happening in the cold war days.

A special thank you to the judges and especially 4 time award winning cinematographer Razvan Ilie who stated, "I was particularly very touched by the whole theme and it really sent me into another world." By announcing this award, they have opened up the legacy of Skylab to a whole new audience.

We are humbled.

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Congratulations, your team and movie are well deserving of the award!!!

I thoroughly enjoy my copy of the movie.

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Very well done, Dwight! My congratulations to you and your colleagues.

Dwight
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Thank you for the well-wishes!

In celebration of our win, we are currently offering a discount code of "Winner" which gives you an $8 USD discount off the purchase price when you buy the film on Vimeo.

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The "Searching for Skylab" team are very proud to announce that we have picked up a second award. The film has won the award of "Best First Documentary Film" at the Sweden Film Awards!!!

In keeping with tradion use the "Winner" code to get you $8 discount of you haven't already seen the film over at Vimeo.

Once again, thank you to everyone who supported this film, Rob, you were instrumental in getting our Kickstarter campaign to be so successful, and everyone who believed in us, I hope the investment has been worth it for you! Skylab Rocks!!!

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posted 12-05-2020 03:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dwight   Click Here to Email Dwight     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
And great news: official Blu-ray sets are being prepared as we speak.

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Congratulations to the Searching for Skylab team. Count me in for the Blu-ray.

Dwight
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I am pleased to announce "Searching for Skylab" has been granted another award. When I heard that I was nominated to receive the Salt House Creative International Film Award for Best Director, I couldn't believe it. But now that I have actually been chosen, I am overwhelmed. It is an honour to be recognized in my home state and home country.

But it is not just me, our team has worked hard to serve space enthusiasts around the world for many years.

We all can't help think of a fine quote from Alan Shepard as he stepped onto the lunar surface, "It's been a long way, but we're here!"

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Dwight, it was never in doubt.

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Very well done, Dwight!

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I am pleased to announce that "Searching for Skylab" can be seen at the Tulsa Air and Space Museum. The following information is from the TASM website:
It is unfortunate that simply by falling in the immediate shadow of the hugely successful Apollo Lunar Landings, Skylab gets over looked. There was amazing science preformed on the orbital workshop, in addition to the crucial rescue and repairs which allowed the undertaking to occur in the first place. The fact that the 40 year old data collected on that space station is still used today in preparing events on the ISS is a testament to the pioneering stature that Skylab continues to exert in space exploration today. Why shouldn’t that story be told?

Get Excited!

TASM is excited to bring such an incredible film to our Bertelsmeyer Planetarium. Starting Friday, January 22nd, this documentary will be played during our normal operating hours — see our Planetarium page for more details!

Also, "Searching for Skylab" is a nominee at The Scene Festival USA, and it has boiled down to voting by the public to determine the winner for Best Documentary.

We are up against some amazing competition, and call upon you all to show the world that space is a topic in film that is worth getting excited about!

If you would like to see at least one film about space exploration win an award this January, please consider our film and cast your vote! (Please be advised email, Facebook, or Google login is required in order to securely cast your vote.)

Dwight
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Searching for Skylab has been picked for the award for Best International Documentary Film 2021 at the Channel Island Film Awards!

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Congratulations! What an achievement!

Dwight
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Not to outdo ourselves, it is great pride that we can announce that Searching for Skylab has picked up the Award for Best Editing at the Art Film Awards, held in Skopje, North Macedonia, with an additional honorable mention by the Award organizers!

While our team were celebrating that fantastic news last night, we also received word that Searching for Skylab also had won the Diamond Award for Best Documentary in the Mindield Albuquerque Film Festival!!

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Again, well done Dwight and colleagues - doubly well done!

Dwight
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At the risk of invoking jealousy of the 3rd degree, we are also honoured to be selected for the extremely presigious Tsiolkovsky Film Festival held in the Russian Federation, in Oblast, held just outside of Moscow at the Tsiolskovsky Museum!


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