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‘Hidden Figures’ Premiere at Raw Science Film Festival 2016

‘Hidden Figures’ Premiere at Raw Science Film Festival 2016

Dec 13, 2016

Raw Science TV had it’s 3rd Annual film festival Saturday, December 10, 2016 at Fox Studios lot inside the historic Zanuck Theater. The Raw Science Film Festival honors films on science and technology worldwide with categories that include fiction and non-fiction for both students and professionals. There were cash prizes, an Awards Ceremony with magic, brain games, and immersive virtual experiences. Awards presented included the Kip Thorne Gravity Award and the Arthur C Clarke Center for Human Imagination Prize in Speculative Media. Emcee of the event is Paul Hynek of Giant Studios (Lord of the Rings, Avatar). Keynote speakers at the event include Naveen Jain (Moon Express), Peter Samuelson (Revenge of the Nerds), Brent Bushnell (Two Two Bit Circus), Janet-Ivey Duensing, Philip Lubin (Breakthrough/Starshot Initiative), Linda Rheinstein (Space Games Federation), and special guest Kip Thorne.


My new favorite movie this year and I think this film will inspire millions of young people of this generation. The Raw Science Film Festival premiered ‘Hidden Figures‘ an incredible phenomenal untold true story that was also awarded the Peter Samuelson Star Catcher Award at the event. The brilliant women in the film are Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson – African-American women working at NASA during the 60′s, who served as ‘human computers’ for one of the greatest achievements in spaceflight during the historical launch of the 1st astronaut John Glenn to orbit the earth aboard Friendship 7. These amazing women were pioneers that crossed all gender and race lines of their time. Film is coming to theaters January 6th, see trailer.


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Imagine Sustainable Socially Responsible Fashion | SIMA Cinema 2016

Imagine Sustainable Socially Responsible Fashion | SIMA Cinema 2016

Jun 6, 2016

The Social Impact Media Awards (SIMA) of 2016 showcased a film winners series at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles that exemplified social change and storytelling from the front lines of today’s global issues. Beyond the Label by EcoDivas hosted a reception, a recycling t-shirt exchange and a film screening of ‘The True Cost‘ following with a panel discussion with sustainability fashion industry leaders about ‘who really pays the price for our clothing we wear as well as the people who make them.’ Beyond the Label provides a series of social experiment events partnered with TEDxLA with it’s theme this year ‘Imagine.’ That in mind Beyond the Label imagines a world where consumers knew the true environment, social and health costs of their fashion purchases and felt empowered to write a different story. Essentially giving people the power to #MakeShiftHappen by making educated fashion purchases.

During the reception I had the chance to meet the awesome women of Beyond the Label who are making a difference in the sustainable fashion industry: Taryn Hipwell Creator Educator Producer & CEO of EcoDivas & EP of The Beyond the Label; Jeanie You, CEO of AFU Productions and Nicole Landers, Marketing Maverick & Climate Reality Leader & Sustainability Expert.

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EcoFashionistas (left): Jeanie You; Taryn Hipwell; and Nicole Landers

Chatting with Taryn, Jeanie and Nicole of EcoDivas at the Skirball event in Los Angeles before the film screening. Hear from them what Beyond the Label is all about, their vision, goals and how they are making a difference in the fashion industry. In the audio Taryn also talks about, “I am a fan of sustainable eco-fiber Tencel by Lenzing that is made by recycling eucalyptus trees. Additionally I am also a big fan of Recover Textile Fabric which uses Pre and Post consumer waste to make new fiber…including cutting room scraps. And we are so happy to work with Marci Zaroff and Metawear Organic to create Beyond the Label T-shirts which are GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard), Made in the USA, and Cradle to Cradle certified.”

A panel discussion and Q&A after the film screening of ‘The True Cost’ moderated by Taryn Hipwell of EcoDivas TV featuring Ann Wang CEO & Cofounder of online marketplace Enrou; Travis Heard VP of Finance & Strategy at Outerknown; and Katie Bond of Fair Trade LA & founder of The Peace Exchange.

Fashion Expert Sustainable Panel (left): Taryn Hipwell; Ann Wang; Katie Bond; Travis Heard

“It’s amazing to have this conversation..where an online market place that really is a curator of incredible brands that are all about providing dignified work to the makers. It’s finding incredible pieces that you can still love, express who you are, your values, your ideals but also finding a way of providing empowerment to the actual makers in people. Everything in our store has a story.”- Ann Wang, CEO & Cofounder of online marketplace Enrou

“In the documentary it says that more than 85% of garment workers are female..Have more of a compassionate connection to the clothes that you wear and that you would kind of step back and actually relate to what you wearing. Think about the person that made it and the female garment worker that made it and think about the artisan. Just connect with your clothes because we are so disconnected with our clothing, form a relationship with your clothes in a way where you are thoughtful of the earth.” – Katie Bond of Fair Trade LA & founder of The Peace Exchange

“Your iphone may cost you $700 yet you want your t-shirt to cost $’s the dispose ability of it. I think there is a disconnect between within people’s minds of what they value and what they put a greater emphasis on. When you look at the margins across technology versus the impacts of input created into a’s staggering.” – Travis Heard VP of Finance & Strategy at Outerknown





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ET-94 Space Shuttle External Tank Arrives Home | California Science Center

ET-94 Space Shuttle External Tank Arrives Home | California Science Center

May 23, 2016

‘ET Comes Home’ & ‘Spot the Tank’ the popular hash tags used to track ET’s whereabouts as it first began it’s journey starting at NASA’s facility dock in New Orleans, through the Panama Canal, up the west coast and finally arriving to it’s new home at the California Science Center. Incredibly the 154-foot long tank came through the streets of LA, a 16.5 mile route as crowds of people cheered as it passed by local neighborhoods inspiring the community like it’s predecessor the space shuttle Endeavour, making the same trek. ET-94 the space shuttle external tank was like the “gas tank” for the space shuttle orbiter. It carried propellants—liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen—that flowed into the Space Shuttle Main Engines (SSMEs), where it produced almost one and a half million pounds of thrust to help push the space shuttle to orbit. Read more.


I had the chance to speak to David Knight, CEO of Terbine Group & Board of Trustees California Science Center during the shuttle tank’s early stages first leaving the port of NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans heading it’s way to Los Angeles. Hear him talk about his adventure filming ET’s journey passing through the Panama Canal, virtual reality, also find out about David’s three second stunt man career.

I caught up with George Whitesides, CEO of Virgin Galactic & the Spaceship Company while he was there with his family watching the space shuttle tank arrive at the California Science Center.

“It’s a terrific day, I remember when I was at NASA we were deciding where these things were going to end up and now it’s all here, so it’s a really great day. I think it’s going to be fantastic for the city of Los Angeles to have an entire shuttle stack in one place.” – George Whitesides, CEO of Virgin Galactic & the Spaceship Company

Additionally, I had the chance to meet and talk with Robert Pearlman, Contributing Writer of & Editor of CollectSpace.


“It’s wonderful seeing so many people turn out to watch a piece of space shuttle history go through the streets of LA again. It brought back a lot of memories of watching Endeavor do the same type of transfer and gave a lot of attention to a part of the space shuttle that the public might not actually know about. They might recognize it if it was in the vertical standing on the launch pad but rolling through the streets..this is probably their first time seeing an external tank by itself. Any opportunity to expose the public to space history, get them interested in space and science is a good thing in my book. ”-Robert Pearlman, Contributing Writer of & Editor of CollectSpace

In photo (middle): Lynda Oschin, Chairperson and Secretary of Ms. and Mrs. Samuel Oschin Family Foundation of the Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center currently home of the Space Shuttle Endeavour at the California Science Center.

Some behind the scenes while operations is preparing to maneuver ET-94 Space Shuttle External Tank through the backside of the California Science Center outside park area. Photo (middle): In the blue shirt is Jeffrey N. Rudolph, President and CEO of the California Science Center.

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ET-94 first arriving at the California Science Center at Exposition Park Drive.



‘Three Nights, Three Days: Endeavour’s Journey Through Los Angeles’ | KCET Celebrates 50 Years

‘Three Nights, Three Days: Endeavour’s Journey Through Los Angeles’ | KCET Celebrates 50 Years

Nov 26, 2015

Watch the one hour broadcast premier starting Thanksgiving night at 7pm on KCET a documentary of ‘Three Nights, Three Days: Endeavour’s Journey Through Los Angeles.’ This documentary chronicles the feat of engineering required to transport the retired Space Shuttle Endeavour throughout the streets of Los Angeles in 2012 when the California Science Center in Los Angeles won the bid to become the shuttle’s new home. The documentary film follows the shuttle’s final journey to its permanent home at the Science Center’s Samuel Oschin Space Shuttle Endeavour Display Pavilion, where it will inspire future generations of scientists, innovators, and engineers. Support and donate to KCET’s pledge drive as they celebrate their 50th year celebration of public independent television station.



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Space Fest & Journey to Space at the California Science Center

Space Fest & Journey to Space at the California Science Center

Oct 31, 2015

The Space Fest is a three-day festival at the California Science Center featuring NASA exhibits & displays, educational demonstrations honoring aeronautics and space explorations additionally kids will have the chance to meet Astronauts Garrett Reisman and Joseph Tanner. Visitors to the Space Fest will learn about current NASA research missions, future space travel and NASA involvement in enhancing aeronautics. I had the chance to attend a pre-event of Space Fest along with many students and families that day to view some of the new exhibits & space 3D IMAX movie that was launching at the event. There I met and interviewed David Knight, Board of Trustees and Kenneth Phillips, Curator for Aerospace Science at the California Science Center.


“Oct 30th – Nov 1st 10am-5pm regular museum hours is Space Fest 2015. For the 1st time we have a originally this started as Endeavour Fest and then we didn’t do it again because of the government sequester, we couldn’t get NASA. This year we are doing it as Space Fest because it’s more than just Endeavour because NASA is the Co-Producer of the event. So we have a full list of NASA exhibits, Astronauts, people from Jet Propulsion Labs, lots of hands exhibits for young people. Three times a day we are going to present my movie “Three Nights, Three Days: Endeavour’s journey through Los Angles” either Melissa Ayn Eccles or I will introduce the film then we will run the film. We replaced the soundtrack in the film, so visually it’s about the same but the soundtracks are totally new. Then myself and sometimes an Astronaut will do about a 20 minute or 30 min Q&A after the film to answer people’s questions. We have a lot of really cool NASA people giving talks between the film space so that will be a nice program. We are also opening up the new exhibit at the science center ‘Journey to Space’ the whole space adventure, it’s very kid oriented. We also have a world premiere of a new space 3D IMAX movie also called ‘Journey to Space’ which I also contributed a little bit of footage, they converted it to IMAX. It’s really cool stuff, all of that being unleashed and possibly our new special Endeavour exhibit. My friends have been developing my gift to the Science Center, maybe it will be ready for Space Fest. We have all of that going on.” – David Knight, Entrepreneur & Board of Trustees at the California Science Center

David and Kenneth Photo (left): Kenneth Phillips and David Knight

Interview with Kenneth Phillips:

QGITS: Tell us about the Space Fest this year at the California Science Center?

Kenneth Phillips: We are looking forward to having thousands of people come through. Space Fest is continuation of a tradition that we began the 1st year that Endeavour Space Shuttle went on display. It was awarded in 2011 but it had to finish out it’s flight work for NASA. Then it took a year for us to get ready for it to come here to California. We had to prep for it. So when it first came in 2012, we had a Space Fest and it was really fun people enjoyed it. So then we had another one in 2013. I think 2014 was one of those years NASA was sequestered and couldn’t do the Space Fest..remember the government shut down. So its been an annual event so its always the last of October until the 1st of November. This year there is a new exhibit that we are opening. So it’s not just a series of temporary exhibits supported by NASA and others but we are opening new 3d IMAX film “Journey to Space’ its a 3D film and Imax film and there’s new exhibition Journey to Space that has the same name that has hands on opportunities for kids to understand what its like to try survive in space. They can operate the International Space Station, feel what it’s like to actually try to use the gloves that astronauts used, there’s an experience that pretty much simulates what it’s like to feel the disorientation of being in microgravity, the floating around and the room is spinning slowly around you. So we got all that replicated. It’s pretty neat.


QGITS: I heard that you were the one responsible for bringing Endeavour to the California Science Center?

Kenneth Phillips: It was a team effort because when I came here in 1990 I had wanted a shuttle and I figured they would retire the fleet at some point. So I went to my President Jeff Rudolph and asked if he would support me in going after it, and he said that he would, which was great. Pretty much, things got put to bed until President Bush retired the fleet in 2004 so there was kind of a long period of time where I just had to figure out what exhibits I was going to do, put on experimental galleries to do research on how people learn. So I could put together a credible proposal and content. Jeff supported me in writing the proposal. So I was tracking the orbiters and trying to assess who was likely to get an award and who wasn’t. The beginning of the game we thought that NASA would keep all of the flown orbiters and that only the enterprise which was for atmosphere test flight would be available for the rest of us. It turns out that wasn’t the case. NASA kept two essentially. The 3rd one was Endeavour and everybody was competing for it. So I got the authorization from Jeff to write the proposal and I did and submitted it. Then tracked the process had to resubmit a year later the original submission went in 2009. Then I just waited. NASA was really stone cold silent and I had no idea if whether we were going to be successful or not. They were totally poker faced about it. NASA would only answer questions through an e-mail channel that they set up. If there was back door politicking, I certainly was not involved in it, people above my pay rate may have been. Then we got the award on April 12th in 2011. I took the call from NASA Administrator Charley Bolden. He had a very bad morning that day because he had to call around the country and disappoint a lot of people. They were really beating up on him. When I asked him how he was doing he said he was not doing well because he was calling people with really bad news and that made me feel worried. But then he immediately said I have some excellent news for the California Science Center we have decided that we thought that you would really take great care of Endeavour. We had shown in the past to the Smithsonian and others that we can really take care of the national collection. So I felt that if we could show them that we took the collection seriously, and were willing to take care of it, go the extra mile to make sure we addressed all the conservation issues then maybe when it came time to decide who would get the orbiters and we would be awarded one.

It was an interesting process because up until Endeavour, all of the things in the national collection were on loan from the Smithsonian which is not the case with Endeavour. The Smithsonian declined to be the interface so they took Discovery which is the oldest orbiter of the fleet, it has the most miles and the most missions on it and said to people like me, if you want an orbiter NASA will be coming forward with a process but the Smithsonian will not get involved in it. So the award was directly from NASA to the California Science Center, which is why we own Endeavour.