AUSTIN, Texas (Oct. 5, 2012) – The Hill Country Film Festival (HCFF), an annual independent film event in Fredericksburg, Texas, has partnered with the Texas Independent Film Network (TIFN) and the Odeon Theater in Mason, Texas, to screen independent films made in the Lone Star State.
The second film presentation of the collaborative efforts of HCFF, TIFN, and the Odeon will be on Wednesday, October 17, with a screening of MAN ON A MISSION (Texas, 2010), a documentary film that the Austin Chronicle calls a “interlocked and thrilling wonder story of two generations of dreamy stargazers and pragmatic men who gave their lives and livelihoods over to their childhood dreams of space travel.” The screening is free and will begin at 6:00 p.m. at the Odeon Theater. Interested parties can reserve a seat online by visiting http://manonamission.eventbrite.com/#.
“Independent filmmakers tell incredible stories on the big screen and documentaries take it one step farther, chronicling real life events. We are proud to present MAN ON A MISSION and showcase the dedication and hard work of director, Mike Woolf, and pioneer of privatized space travel, Richard Garriott,” said Chad Mathews, founder, HCFF. “We are pleased that the partnership with the Odeon and TIFN support Texas filmmaking and bring authentic stories to an audience who would not normally have the opportunity to see these films.”
About MAN ON A MISSION
In 2008 Richard Garriott became the first son of an astronaut to go to space. But this is no millionaire’s joy ride: he pioneered private space travel to make his dream come true. From his training in Russia to his launch in Kazakhstan to the dramatic, never before seen footage inside the capsule during fiery re-entry, this is a historic moment in human space travel. Not just for space fans, this is a film that will inspire anyone who works tirelessly to make their dream come true.
Right at the beginning of the documentary we learn that Richard is no millionaire looking for a joy ride. This is a goal he has been working toward since he was diagnosed nearsighted at age 8 and could not qualify as a NASA astronaut like his dad. Owen Garriott was one of the first scientist-astronauts and flew on-board Skylab in the 70’s. He is truly a man with the right stuff and is featured prominently in the film. He helps Richard develop science experiments to conduct in space and literally walks him to the rocket that will carry the first son of an astronaut to space.
That liftoff was a lifetime in the making. Richard built his fortune as one of the founding fathers of MMORGs, Massive Multiplayer Online Role-playing Games. From his first game sale in high school to his millions with Ultima Online, he was investing in private space travel. He is a primary funder of the X-Prize and Space Adventures, the only company that can take private citizens to the ISS – Richard is the sixth one to fly to orbit.
About Texas Independent Film Network
The TIFN is a statewide coalition of film societies, universities, and independent theaters that takes a different Texas made feature film on a circuit across the state each month. TIFN was co-founded by Louis Black and Ryan Long and is a program operated by the Austin Film Society. Black is best known as one of the founders of the SXSW Music, Film, and Interactive Festival. Black currently serves as the editor-in-chief of the Austin Chronicle, of which he was also a co-founder. Long is the manager of Programs and Operations for the Austin Film Society and founder of Screen Door Film, Austin’s premiere micro-cinema. The Austin Film Society is a non-proit organization that promotes the appreciation of film and supports creative media production.About the Odeon TheaterIn 1994, Spider Johnson organized efforts to keep the historic Odeon Theater open for business by forming the Odeon Preservation Association (OPA), a private non-profit 501(c)3 corporation. The OPA has continued its mission to provide entertainment at the Odeon through the performing arts, to bring cultural enrichment to Mason and surrounding communities, and to maintain a suitable facility for such purpose. Current releases of movies are shown every week as they have been since the Odeon first opened in 1928.
About Hill Country Film FestivalSet in Fredericksburg, Texas, the Hill Country Film Festival (HCFF) is the vision of its director Chad Mathews, an actor, screenwriter, producer, and native Texan. Having participated in the film festival circuit, Mathews came to love the camaraderie and shared respect of those who are committed to the art of independent filmmaking. HCFF was created to celebrate and showcase filmmakers from Texas and around the world and is annually presented by the Hill Country Film Society, a 501(c)3, non-profit organization. For more information, visit www.hillcountryff.com or http://chadmathews.tumblr.com/post/32825613194.