Last updated: 31 August 2007
Subject: Watch Seeing in the Dark, a film by Timothy Ferris, on PBS Television, September 19 at 8:00 p.m. Sent: Friday, August 24, 2007 11:46:51 From: news@meade4M.com (news@meade4M.com) "Seeing in the Dark", a film by 4M Community Alliance member Timothy Ferris, will air on Public Broadcasting Stations across the USA on Wednesday, September 19 at 8:00 p.m. (check local listings) Stargazing is the subject of Seeing in the Dark, a 60-minute, state-of-the art, high-definition (HDTV) documentary written, produced and narrated by award winning filmmaker, journalist and best-selling author Timothy Ferris. The program introduces viewers to the rewards of first person, hands-on astronomy. It is based on Ferris's book, Seeing in the Dark (Simon & Schuster, 2002), named by The New York Times as one of the ten best books of the year. The program features remarkable high-definition astrophotography and introduces men and women who have seen and captured phenomenal images within and beyond our solar system and galaxy, both professionals and amateurs. They include: Robert Smith, former star NFL running back turned stargazer, Miami, Florida ! Barbara Wilson, who teaches at a public observatory near Houston, Texas Steven James OMeara, an artist and astronomy writer who lives in Hawaii Ron Bissinger, a corporate CEO in Pleasanton, California who hunts for planets of distant stars Rob Gendler, a radiologist and deep-space astrophotographer in Avon, Connecticut Michael Koppelman, a musician who imaged light older than Earth from his observatory outside Minneapolis Debra Fischer, an astrophysicist at Cal Berkeley who works with amateur astronomers The Bisque Brothers, designers of telescope-control software and hardware in Golden, Colorado The Seeing in the Dark Web site (pbs.org/seeinginthedark, going live on September 5th) will enable viewers to print star charts for their time and location, view video tips on how to get the most out of stargazing, learn more about the people and concepts in the film, and find loca! l star parties where they can look through amateur astrono mers' telescopes free of charge. A Seeing in the Dark robotic telescope, located at a high-altitude site in New Mexico, will be available for students to image star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies for themselves. Seeing in the Dark was made possible by a grant from the National Science Foundation and with support from the Public Broadcasting Service. The program DVD will be available for $24.99 at www.pbs.org immediately following the broadcast. EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Timothy Ferris and Cal Zecca DIRECTOR: Nigel Ashcroft DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY: Francis Kenny, A.S.C. EDITOR: Lisa Day, A.C.E. PRODUCTION DESIGNER: Cal Zecca SPECIAL EFFECTS: Don Davis SOUND DESIGN: Kate Hopkins SOUND MIX: Walter Murch, C.A.S. ORIGINAL MUSIC: Mark Knopfler and Guy Fletcher
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