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Aug 22, 2016 1:45 PM ET

Archived: RED HEAVEN: A documentary film that follows six adventurers living for an entire year on simulated Mars

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A documentary film that tells the true story of life on Mars.


About this project

In a small dome on a remote volcano in Hawaii, six adventurers are simulating life in the first human habitat on Mars. And we are telling their story!

We have EXCLUSIVE access to make our feature-length documentary about their year on ‘Mars’, but we can’t do it with your support. We need to reach $40,000 by September 18!!

The simulation crew is exiting the dome on August 28th, after an entire year in isolation for NASA research, and we are headed to Hawaii to film the end of their incredible journey.

At this pivotal moment in our project, we need your support.

We need to raise funds to:

  • Film our subjects back on “Earth” re-acclimating to their lives. We’ll be traveling to each of their hometowns.
  • Hire a talented post-production team, including an editor, sound designer, composer, and colorist.

Your contribution will help produce a film about what it truly means to become inter-planetary and, more than that, you’ll be a part of the tremendous undertaking to get humans to Mars.




Two years ago we were graduate film students talking about visions of the future in the basement of Stanford’s McClatchy Hall. Living in Silicon Valley we were immersed in conversations about “changing the world“, “living in the future“, or “becoming multi-planetary“, and we became fascinated by this dream of future technological immortality at a present time of global crisis. Much like the futures depicted in our favorite Sci-fi movies, the way we envision the future says so much about our present.

Science fiction always asks the big questions: about what it means to be human, about our place in the universe. Today, when Mars is a more powerful force in our imaginations than ever before, we have set out to make the first “science nonfiction” documentary that explores whatlife on Mars might actually be like, and what going to Mars means for the future of humanity.

When we embarked on telling this story about the HI-SEAS project, we were told there was no way for us to capture life inside the dome, since it is above all research for NASA. We took a risk and flew to Hawaii to film with the crew before they entered the simulation, and we were able to build trust with the project and the crew themselves. They opened their lives to us, and gave us exclusive access to make this feature film.

We are thrilled to share with you the project that has consumed our hearts and minds for the past two years. We will continue to work tirelessly to make this film, and only with your generous support can we make it a reality. Let’s do this!

To Mars and beyond!

— Katherine & Lauren

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From the Filmmakers behind the new BILL NYE THE SCIENCE GUY documentary!!



Our six crew members were selected to simulate life on Mars based on NASA’s criteria for real astronauts, and their experience will determine the conditions for future manned missions to the red planet. They each differ in their motivations to be part of this mission.





Our backers will get exclusive updates along our journey and as the crew exits the dome and, of course, you’ll be part of this dream. And if that’s not enough, we’ve put together some great rewards for you! Check out the sidebar to your right for the full list of rewards.


Risks and challenges

The time for this story is now, with so much energy and excitement around going to Mars. Will we be able to finish the film? This is where you come in, dear backers. You are an essential part of our budget. We are committed to making a compelling, thought-provoking film, and with your help – we can do it!

From the beginning of production when we thought we could never get access to capture this story, we have learned, above all, to persevere. We are fully committed to bring their story to life – join us!

Contact Information:

Lauren DeFilippo & Katherine Gorringe

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