A Filmmaker’s Exploration of Outer Space
Saturday, March 12
2:00PM - 3:00PM
Austin Convention Center
531 E 4th St
In 1969, we saw man take one small step in black and white. Today, space programs and filmmakers are leveraging new cutting-edge capture technology to provide breathtaking imagery and new insights into our planet and the galaxy that surrounds us. Join experts in the field as they examine the latest innovative techniques and camera equipment being used to transport us closer to space than we’ve ever imagined.
Film Critic & Writer
Ain't It Cool Productions
Independent Consultant Retired Astronaut
In 2010 Marsha Ivins retired from NASA after a 37 year career as an engineer and astronaut. After graduating from the University of Colorado with a BS in Aerospace Engineering, Marsha began her emp...Show the rest
In 2010 Marsha Ivins retired from NASA after a 37 year career as an engineer and astronaut. After graduating from the University of Colorado with a BS in Aerospace Engineering, Marsha began her employment with the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX in 1974, working in human factors and man-machine engineering on the development of Orbiter cockpit layout, displays and controls, and the Head-Up Display. In 1980 Marsha was assigned as a flight engineer on the Shuttle Training Aircraft and as a pilot on the NASA administrative aircraft. She holds a multi-engine Airline Transport Pilot License with Gulfstream-1 type rating, single engine airplane, land, sea, and glider commercial licenses, and airplane, instrument, and glider flight instructor ratings. She has logged over 7000 hours in civilian and NASA aircraft.
Marsha was selected as an astronaut in the class of 1984 as a Mission Specialist. A veteran of five space flights, (STS-32 in 1990, STS-46 in 1992, STS-62 in 1994, STS-81 in 1997, and STS-98 in 2001); she has logged over 1,318 hours in space.
During her tenure in the Astronaut Office, Marsha supported the Space Shuttle and Space Station programs in all areas of operational crew interface, and was the Astronaut Office expert in flight crew equipment, habitability, imagery, and stowage. In her last 4 years with the agency, Marsha led the Astronaut Office team supporting the Constellation Program and the Commercial Crew Development initiative.
Today Marsha works as an independent engineering consultant.
Dir & Producer
Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, TONI MYERS is a veteran IMAX® filmmaker, credited in more than 18 IMAX films spanning a multi-faceted career of over 40 years. She was editor and writer of IMA...Show the rest
Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, TONI MYERS is a veteran IMAX® filmmaker, credited in more than 18 IMAX films spanning a multi-faceted career of over 40 years. She was editor and writer of IMAX’s groundbreaking space trilogy: THE DREAM IS ALIVE, BLUE PLANET, and DESTINY IN SPACE. With the advent of IMAX®3D, Myers wrote, edited, and co-produced the award-winning DEEP SEA3D, and UNDER THE SEA3D with Howard and Michele Hall. She was Producer/Director/Writer/Editor of SPACE STATION3D, and HUBBLE3D, each awarded Best Film by the Giant Screen Cinema Association, and among the most successful IMAX documentaries ever made.
Myers has enjoyed a long and productive association with NASA as a key member of the IMAX team that has trained 145 astronauts and cosmonauts in IMAX film making for 24 missions flown over 25 years. She has worked closely with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the Space Telescope Science Institute, and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois, marrying data from space-based observatories with pioneering computer techniques to allow audiences of all ages to explore the wonders of the cosmos in IMAX. To date, over 100 million people have seen the IMAX space films worldwide.
In addition to her IMAX work, Myers has many television drama and feature films to her credit, including pioneering music films with John Lennon and Yoko Ono, and Santana.
Her music skills were later utilized as Associate Producer and Supervising Editor on the IMAX film ROLLING STONES AT THE MAX.
Myers is currently producing and directing a 3D IMAX film, A BEAUTIFUL PLANET. Myers and team trained 4 International Space Station crews who are currently gathering material for the film, which is about our future on, and off, Planet Earth. The film will be released in Spring, 2016.Hide the rest