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Saturday, June 15
7:45 PM - 9:30 PM

Landmark E-Street Cinema

555 11th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

Wild Wild Space

Director

Ross Kauffman

Executive Producers

Nancy Abraham, Lisa Heller, Tina Nguyen, John Khoury, Maiken Baird, Rachel Crane

Producers

Jaye Callahan, Ashlee Vance, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank, Adam McKay, Todd Schulman, Christopher Collins, Lydia Tenaglia, Craig H. Shepherd

Editor

Hypatia Porter

Cinematographers

Ed David, Jonathan Furmanski, Ross Kauffman

Less than one hundred miles above our heads is where some of the most valuable real estate in the universe lives: Low Earth Orbit. This is an extraterrestrial land grab, a galactic Wild West where the cowboys are visionaries, tinkerers, and capitalists dead set on owning the future. From spaceports at the edge of the earth to local communities that are being transformed and upended by these technologies, Wild Wild Space thrusts the audience into this critical and unknown world.

Wild Wild Space focuses on the intense rivalry between two visionaries and founders of contesting rocket companies, Chris Kemp and Peter Beck. Their mission transcends mere competition; it’s a strategic bid to outdo each other, disrupt Elon Musk’s cosmic dominance, and claim significant shares in the burgeoning space industry. Amidst triumphs and challenges, Kemp and Beck usher in a new era for space exploration in Lower Earth Orbit and beyond. The stakes rise as they race against time to deploy commercial satellites for prestigious clients, including Planet Labs, led by visionary Will Marshall, encapsulating their shared goal — to redefine space, one satellite launch at a time.

Director, Wild Wild Space; Co-director, Winding Path

Ross Kauffman is an Academy Award-winning director. Working in the film industry for over three decades, his credits include the feature documentaries Born Into Brothels, E-Team, and Tigerland, among others. His short documentary What Would Sophia Loren Do?, a Netflix original, was shortlisted for the 2021 Academy Awards. In 2017, he directed Boy Boy Girl Girl, a scripted short film starring Katie Holmes. His latest feature documentary, Of Medicine and Miracles, premiered at the Tribeca Film and will be distributed in 2024. Ross also specializes in short-form documentary films and socially conscious branded content for clients as diverse as Apple, GE, and Toyota. He is an adjunct professor at The School of Visual Arts Social Documentary Masters Program. In addition, he has guest lectured at high schools and universities worldwide.