Sputnik Mania Travels the country!
June 1st, 2008
6/1: GREAT BARRINGTON, MA. -- TRIPLEX CINEMA
Theatre website: http://www.thetriplex.com/
6/13: BOSTON, MA -- COOLIDGE CORNER THEATRE
Theatre website: http://www.coolidge.org/
6/20 - 6/26: SALT LAKE CITY, UT-- TOWER THEATER
Theatre website: http://www.saltlakefilmsociety.org/
7/4- 7/10: OMAHA, NE -- FILM STREAMS at THE RUTH SOKOLOFF THEATER
Theatre website: http://www.filmstreams.org/
7/4 - 7/10: SEATTLE, WA -- GRAND ILLUSION
Theatre website: http://www.grandillusioncinema.org/
7/4 - 7/10: AMHERST, MA -- AMHERST CINEMA
Theatre website: http://www.amherstcinema.org/
7/26 -7/27 & 8/2 -8/3: PORTLAND, OR -- THE HOLLYWOOD THEATRE
4122 NE SANDY BLVD
PORTLAND, OR 97212
8/14 - 8/17: SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- THE RED VIC MOVIE HOUSE
Theatre website: http://www.redvicmoviehouse.com/
8/15: YONKERS, NY -- HUDSON RIVER MUSEUM
511 Warburton Avenue
Yonkers, NY 10701
Admission is free
Sputnik Mania spreads like a virus!
March 17th, 2008
After a highly successful opening weekend Sputnik Mania gears up for its first week of theatrical release. The Sputnik Maniacs showed up in full force to support the film and see Jay Walker's Sputnik. If we keep this kind of support up, we may have a certifiable hit on our hands...
Sputnik Satellite to appear in New York!
Lots a fabulous events coming up not only for Sputnik Mania, the film, but also for Jay Walker's Sputnik.
As many of the Sputnik Mania fans know, the Executive Producer of Sputnik Mania is Jay Walker, the founder of Priceline and one of America's greatest entrepreneurs. Jay owns one of the few authentic Sputnik's in the world..and one of the only ones not housed in a museum.
This week, Jay and the film maker, David Hoffman as well as the Sputnik itself are at the TED conference in Monterey. The Sputnik will then make its way back across America to New York where it will reside in the window of the IFC theatre for its upcoming premiere, and later this month the Sputnik will be on display at one of the largest educational gatherings in the country, the National Science Teacher's Association conference.
Be sure to tell your high school friends about the movie as we are offering special passes to teachers who want to bring their classes see the movie during the day, once it opens March 14th.
The Sputnik is a gorgeous iconic symbol of its time. We'd post a photo but we'll wait 'til the movie opens since we'd rather everyone come to the IFC and see it March 14th.
Sputnik Mania Wins Award!
November 7th, 2007
I’m happy to announce that Sputnik Mania has received an award from the International Documentary Association. On December 7th, Sputnik Mania will be presented with the “IDA ABCNews VideoSource Award” for best utilization of news footage in a documentary film at the IDA Awards gala in Los Angeles. Read the full story here.
Sighting Sputnik First
November 1st, 2007
Just found an article featuring Executive Producer Jay Walker and Director David Hoffman in its coverage of Sputnik. Here’s the link to the story.
Report from DC Event
October 23rd, 2007
Samantha Barlow, a middle school teacher and Einstein Fellow wrote about her experience at the Sputnik Mania event in Washington D.C. From her post:
As you can see, it is the 50th anniversary of this revolutionary event and that’s why this special screening and panel discussion were held. The panel discussion included the filmmaker, David Hoffman, the son of former Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev (croosh-chev), Sergei Khrushchev, the teacher (alternate to Christa McAuliffe) that went to space this past August, Barbara Morgan, NASA astronaut, General Thomas Stafford, Jay Walker, the guy that founded Priceline.com, and a few others.
Her full post and a few pictures from the event can be found here.
10 Questions: Paul Dickson
October 22nd, 2007
CBS News posted an interview with Paul Dickson, co-writer of Sputnik Mania. Check it out here.
San Jose Mercury News
October 18th, 2007
David recently did an interview with the San Jose Mercury News for a story that was posted today. From the article:
The film has lots of other nuggets as well: An appearance by then-Maj. John Glenn on “Name That Tune” on Oct. 4, 1957, the date Sputnik launched; and an interview with Sergei Khruschev, son of Soviet premier Nikita Khruschev, who says his father was not eager for a space war. It also has a fascinating bit about how outraged American animal lovers picketed the Soviet Embassy after Laika the dog died in space.
Check out the full story here.
October 17th, 2007
CBS morning news did a story featuring Sputnik Mania and David Hoffman. They posted the story online along with some video clips from our film. It can be found here.
New York Premiere
October 16th, 2007
We have received a number of emails and phone calls over the past months asking when the film will be shown in New York, and I am happy to announce that we will be hold our NYC premiere as part of the Paley Center for Media’s DocFest07. Sputnik Mania will be showing at 7:00pm on Thursday, October 25 at the Paley Center’s Concourse Theater in Manhattan. Tickets are on sale now, $15 for Paley Center members and $20 for non-members. They can be purchased here and more information about our screening can be found here. Tickets are limited and we have been told they are running out fast, so get your quickly.
Orlando Film Festival
October 16th, 2007
We are proud to announce that we will be attending our 3rd film festival, the Orlando Film Festival which runs from November 8-11 in Orlando, Florida. We see it as a great opportunity to bring Sputnik Mania to the great space community in Florida. The film is scheduled to run at 2:00pm on Sunday, November 11 at the City Arts Factory. Thanks to the sponsors of the event, admission to the screening is free. More information can be found here.
Atlantic Council Sputnik Mania Event
October 16th, 2007
Here’s a recap of the Sputnik Mania event that the Atlantic Council of the United States held recently in Washington, D.C., which featured the east-coast premier of the film at the National Press Club.
San Francisco Chronicle
October 16th, 2007
Here’s a story in the San Francisco Chronicle about Sputnik Mania. An excerpt:
Watching “Sputnik Mania” is, to a large degree, a time-capsule journey. Hoffman stitches together period TV and film footage, commentary and some contemporary interviews to tell the story of the Sputnik launch and its importance at the time.