Montreal filmmakers are using #MarsVid on their social media accounts to promote their film “MARS” about the first man to walk on the moon, according to a video posted to the project’s official Twitter account.
“Mars is a film about a man who sets foot on the Moon,” the tweet read.
“But he didn’t just walk there, he spent years building the machine, putting it in orbit, and then bringing it back down.”
Montreal filmmaker and filmmaker Martina Molyneux said she started “Marks of Mars” in September 2015, and was looking for a way to get people excited about the film.
She said she decided to “explore the idea of what it would be like to go to Mars and see the space station and get up close and personal with the people who built it.”
“I thought, ‘If I’m going to be doing this, why don’t I do it on film?'” she told CBC News in a recent interview.
“I’m not going to have to travel the world and find out what it’s like to live there and what it means to be human.”
The film was originally meant to be a four-part series, but Molynes said she realized that she needed more footage of the astronauts who helped build the space shuttle, the International Space Station and other space projects.
She also wanted to share the story of how astronauts used the spacesuit to get to the Moon.
Molyennes said the series has become a “community project” for her to share with other filmmakers.
“This is what we’re about: making a film that people can understand,” she said.
“We have people who are interested in the space program.
And so we thought, why not have them on our show?”
Molyines said she and her crew made a video about the “humanity of the human race” and that it was “a celebration of the humans.”
She said that it also had the goal of “telling the story about space and space exploration, and making it more accessible for people to see.”
“It’s a space exploration movie, but it’s also a story about the human spirit and our ability to transcend our fear of space,” Molyes said.
Modyes said she had never filmed a film before, but “I wanted to create something that would tell the story in a way that would resonate with a wide audience, and I didn’t want to just have it be a one-time thing.”
“There are some great filmmakers who do amazing things that are very inspiring,” she added.
“The thing that I love about this film is it’s not about the space story, it’s about the humanity story.”
The “Masses of Mars,” a production by Molyeux and her husband and producer Daniel Boulger, premieres on March 16 at the National Film Board of Canada’s Toronto International Film Festival.
It is a joint production between CBC and the National Geographic Society.
CBC Toronto’s Natalie Nevett contributed to this report.
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