Astronaut Garrett Reisman to lift off San Diego Jewish Film Festival Aug. 29
SAN DIEGO (Press Release) – An Article of Hope, the first film for the 21st Annual San Diego Jewish Film Festival, will be screened on August 29 at 7:15 p.m. at the David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre at the Lawrence Family JCC, Jacobs Family Campus.
Sponsored by the Leichtag Family Foundation, the featured speaker following the screening of the one-hour film is astronaut Garrett Reisman, the first Jewish crew member on the International Space Station. Reisman will highlight the events that led to the filming of An Article of Hope. The film’s director, Dan Cohen, will also participate in a discussion session.
On February 1, 2003, the Space Shuttle Columbia broke up above Texas on its way to a Florida homecoming. Its seven astronauts from around the world, including Colonel Ilan Ramon, the first Israeli astronaut, all perished.
Also destroyed was a very special artifact that had survived the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp during the Holocaust: the tiny Torah scroll that Colonel Ramon carried into space. An Article of Hope explores the journey of the Torah from pre-World War II Europe, to Israel, and then into space.
Dr. Reisman, a native of New Jersey, earned his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from California Institute of Technology in 1997 and was selected by NASA as a Mission Specialist in 1998. He was a backup crew member for Expedition 15 and joined Expedition 16 aboard the International Space Station for a short time before becoming a member of Expedition 17. Reisman sent a greeting from space to the people of Israel during the celebration of Israel 60th Independence Day in May 2008. He returned to Earth in June 2008 on board STS-124 on the Space Shuttle Discovery. He was also a member of the STS-132 mission that travelled to the International Space Station aboard Space Shuttle Atlantis from May 14 to 26, 2010.
Reisman, a self-proclaimed member of the “Colbert Universe,” was interviewed live from space on the May 8, 2008 episode of The Colbert Report after being seen wearing a “WristStrong” bracelet. After returning to Earth, Reisman appeared in person on The Colbert Report as that night’s featured guest. Reisman presented Stephen Colbert with the WristStrong bracelet he had worn while in space. Reisman also filmed a cameo appearance as a Colonial Marine for the series finale episode of Battlestar Galactica.
Preceding provided by the San Diego Center for Jewish Culture