IT'S QUIETER IN THE TWILIGHT

IT’S QUIETER IN THE TWILIGHT

45 years after the launch of the Voyager space mission, the team that dedicated their lives to the mission now must save it.

In an unremarkable office space, a select group of aging engineers sacrificed promotion, postponed retirement, and dedicated their lives to stay with the longest running and farthest reaching mission in NASA’s history. Fighting outdated technology and time, Voyager’s flight-team pursues humankind’s greatest exploration.

They watch the bright lights from a distance today. The headlines now go to big names with bigger bank accounts. But, they are comfortable in the quiet, it suits them. Yet this quirky team of brilliant engineers- like the Voyager spacecraft they pilot-  are pushing the notion of true discovery, traveling among stars propelled only by dwindling sunlight. While the world has moved on to fancier ships and splashier front men–the celestial journey of the aging spacecraft transcends earthly boundaries– from rural South Korea, the Jim Crow South and the U.S./Mexico border to cement a joint commitment to the mission which has traveled the furthest in human history as the clock winds down.

Featuring Voyager mission team membersSUN MATSUMOTO, ENRIQUE MEDINA, FERNANDO PERALTA, JEFFERSON HALL, TODD BARBER, SUZY DODD, and CHRIS JONES.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/its-quieter-in-the-twilight/id1678616999

“An undeniably engrossing film.”
– Peter Sobczynski, The Spool

“This film is magical.” “I love this film.” 
“What an absolute delight. Highly recommended.”
– Steve Kopian, Unseen Films

“If you love all things space, It’s Quieter in the Twilight is must-see viewing…Science, nostalgia, and a bit of drama. What more could you ask for in a documentary?”
– Alan Ng, Film Threat

It’s Quieter in the Twilight takes us along on this journey, focused on a few of the dozen engineers still working on the Voyager project. In its prime, there were over a thousand scientists and engineers involved. But these dozen people are the lifers, on the journey with Voyager 1 and 2 until there’s no more signal left to receive…We viewers suddenly find ourselves actively rooting for this beautiful, dumb, and amazing little hunk of metal that is so very far away.”
– Seth Freilich, Pajiba

“A story of commitment, of people who have dedicated themselves to what seems like a thankless task. Miossi wisely avoids hammering home obvious connections about the age of human and machine, instead making this about how they care…this is about people who have found a reason to get up every day. We should all be so lucky.”
– Richard Whittaker, Austin Chronicle

DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT
“There’s a unique dichotomy that drew me into the story of the aging Voyager mission. The grandest feat of human exploration being steered by a humble few sitting in a drab office space. They seek no fame, no recognition. Instead, they’re content to quietly contribute a novel expertise for the sake of a deeper understanding of the vastness that exists beyond our world. Voyager is a once in a lifetime, and perhaps many lifetimes, mission. And so much of what it has achieved over the past several decades is owed to a tiny team of engineers who have forgone promotions and, now, retirement. To understand them, their devotion, is what lies at the heart of It’s Quieter in the Twilight. I wanted the world to know these unsung explorers and to know the essential role they’ve played in humanity’s most ambitious adventure.”
– Billy Miossi, Director, It’s Quieter in the Twilight

WHO

Directed by Billy Miossi

Produced by Matt Reynolds and Alissa Shapiro

ABOUT WEIGEL PRODUCTIONS
Weigel Productions is a media and production company based in Chicago. WP launched in 2015, with a daily historical news magazine program, Through the Decades with Bill Kurtis for Weigel Broadcasting. Weigel Productions has produced numerous historical  and non-fiction series, features and short documentaries on the overlooked chapters of history, stories that shed light on how we got here, where we are, and maybe where we are going.

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May 19, 2023 6:00pm
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