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May 19–25, 2017

Chicago Premiere

Fight for Space

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Film still: Fight for Space
"Engaging... Paul J. Hildebrandt's documentary makes strong arguments for scientific innovation"
  —Los Angeles Times
3 stars "Equally electrifying and agonizing...Fight for Space reminds us the realization of Kennedy's plans for early space travel is now a distant memory"
  —Seattle Times
"[An] admirable mission... perhaps it's the documentary we need"
  —Film Journal International

In 1962, spurred by the Cold War, President John F. Kennedy famously made the bold proclamation that NASA would send astronauts to the moon by the end of the decade, not because it was easy, but because it was a challenge. The Space Race inspired a generation to pursue careers in science and technology, but as the balance of world power shifted, interest in space exploration declined.

Fight for Space explores the past, present and future of the US Space program and argues for the benefits of human space exploration. The film examines the historical, political events that led to the Space Race and a cultural interest in space travel as well as the decline of NASA's budget since 1968. Through interviews with such industry professionals like Neil deGrasse Tyson and Bill Nye, as well astronauts, politicians and scientists, Fight for Space serves as an urgent call to reawaken our sense of wonder and serves as an urgent call to re-awaken our sense of wonder and discovery.

Directed by Paul Hildebrandt, U.S.A., 2016, 92 mins.


  • Fri., May 19 at 6:30 & 8:30 pm
  • Sat.-Sun., May 20-21 at 3:45 & 5:45 pm
  • Mon.–Thurs., May 22–25 at 6:30 & 8:30 pm
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$10 general admission

$5 for Facets Members

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