Gravitas Ventures has acquired worldwide rights to Weigel Production’s documentary It’s Quieter in the Twilight.
The film, which premiered at the 2022 SXSW Film Festival and is helmed by first time director Billy Miossi, will be distributed theatrically and on demand May 19.
The Voyager mission, launched in 1977, enthralled the world as the dual man-made spacecrafts blasted off. They have since traveled farther than humankind ever has. The film memorializes the people who guide this spacecraft on its incredible path — engineers from rural South Korea, the Jim Crow South, the U.S./Mexico border and across the globe, who overcame enormous obstacles to pilot two aging spacecraft into the depths of the universe. Together, they battle outmoded technology and dwindling sunlight to pursue unparalleled discovery in the twilight of their own careers and lives.
“The world should know these unsung explorers and the essential role they’ve played in humanity’s most ambitious adventure,” Miossi said in a statement.
The project features members of NASA’s Voyager Flight Team, Todd Barber, Jefferson Hall, Sun Matsumoto, Enrique Medina, Fernando Peralta and Chris Jones, and includes project manager Suzanne Dodd and Ed Stone, Voyager’s long-standing Project scientist.
At its launch in March 2022, as part of the feature documentary competition at SXSW, the film helped build the wave of current documentaries popularizing feats of exploration in space. It’s Quieter in the Twilight celebrates the celestial journey of the aging Voyager spacecrafts as they timelessly transcend earthly boundaries and inspire human potential.
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The film was produced by Matt Reynolds and Executive Produced by Alissa Shapiro.
“We are thrilled to partner with Gravitas Ventures to bring Voyager’s cosmic adventure and yet uniquely human tale of their guardian angels to audiences everywhere,” Shapiro, executive producer at Weigel Productions, said in a statement.
“Gravitas is excited for audiences to experience It’s Quieter in the Twilight in theaters and on VOD this spring, and beyond,” Bill Guentzler, senior director of acquisitions at Gravitas Ventures, said in a statement. “We believe those who see the film will connect to this group of extremely passionate people who have dedicated their lives to oversee this unimaginable voyage and because of their passion, allow the human race to explore farther than ever thought possible.”