Harriett Maire and Ferris Bradley’s Lani’s Space is named one of 15 finalists for Cinespace, a new short film competition created by NASA and the Houston Cinema Arts Festival.
Following a path other companies with large footage collections have trod, Cinespace requires use of NASA imagery in entries. Films will be judged on creativity, innovation and attention to detail. “the hallmarks of spaceflight” as the release puts it.
Both from Film Construction, Maire and Bradley’s film is about a solo father’s journey to understand his daughter’s love of space. Maire sais, “Ten percent of the footage we used had to be NASA stock imagery which really helped form the idea and narrative. We’re also really excited that the competition is going to be judged by Richard Linklater – the fact that he will be watching our film is huge.”
Film Construction CEO, Patrick McAteer said, “We’re so proud of these guys – it’s really exciting to be working with and mentoring them at the start of their careers. To win something like this will really set them up for big things.”
Maire’s first short film, Anna, won the Jury Choice Award at the Diversity in Cannes Short Film Showcase. She’s also spent a fair amount of time in front of the camera, appearing as Beatrice in The Candle Wasters’ first two web series, Nothing Much To Do and Lovely Little Losers.
Lani’s Space plays the Houston Cinema Arts Festival, 10 – 17 November.