Jason Kendall
William Paterson University
Amateur Astronomers Association of New York

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May 2 is cloudy.
May 2, 2009

No observing tonight.


This was forwarded to me by the IYA people who completed a major
motion picture release about astronomy and wanted everyone to know!
Jason Kendall

Dear Jason,
We are contacting you about BLAST! so we can let everyone at the
Inwood Astronomy Project know about our film!
BLAST!, a spectacular and suspenseful story of space exploration,
premieres in NYC at the IFC Center on June 11th and Cinema Village
June 12th - 18th. Our goal is to get people of all ages excited about

BLAST! is astrophysics Indiana Jones style! Five-time Emmy winner,
Paul Devlin, follows his brother, Mark Devlin, PhD to five continents,
from the Arctic to the Antarctic to launch a revolutionary new
telescope on a NASA high-altitude balloon. They hope to look back in
time to reveal a hidden Universe of never-before-seen starburst
galaxies. From catastrophic failure to transcendent triumph, their
adventure reveals the surprising real life of scientists.

BLAST is an official Special Project of International Year of
Astronomy 2009 (IYA 2009) - http://www.astronomy2009.org/globalprojects/specialprojects/blast/
- a world-wide initiative to get people excited about astronomy.

Our screening details -

June 11,

IFC Center,

323 Sixth Avenue (at 3rd Street) NYC 10014.

212 924-7771.


Tickets - $12.50 / Senior/Child $8.50

Running Time 1:14

Q&As with astrophysicists Mark Devlin, Barth Netterfield, and



7:00 pm

(contact the theater for exact showtime)

June 12 - 18

Cinema Village

22 East 12th Street (between University Place & 5th Avenue) NYC 10002

212 924-3363


Tickets - $10.00 / Senior/Child $5.50

Running Time 1:14

Q&As with Filmmakers, Mark Devlin and guest astrophysicists

1:00, 3:00, 5:00, 7:00 and 9:00 pm

(contact the theater for exact showtimes)

View the BLAST! trailer - http://blastthemovie.com/trailer.html

The BLAST results - recently published in the prestigious Nature
Magazine - have uncovered a “hidden Universe” of ancient, distant
light: http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn16926-universe-lit-by-dustswadd…

BLAST! recently garnered 4-star reviews:

“Inspirational and aspirational!” — Times, UK

“BLAST! fuses high-impact experiments with delicious drama that
actually build to an edge-of-your-seat climax.”
- Orlando Weekly, Florida Film Festival review

“The magic formula for a successful mainstream science movie. You’ll
laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll walk away astounded.”
- Discovery Space

And from a teenage fan -
“BLAST! was about an interesting subject which immediately got me
hooked. There wasn’t a single point during the movie in which I
wished I was doing something else, which is how I usually feel about
science movies. Kids should really be able to watch this in schools,
it’s important.”
- Claudia Dimick, age 16

Please feel free to share this information with your colleagues. We
can offer discounted tickets and group rates. Any cross promotion
ideas you have are welcome!

Find more press, reviews, our presskit and film stills at:

For information contact:
Claire Missanelli, BLAST! Producer


917 363-9018

BLAST! web: http://www.blastthemovie.com/index.html

About Jason Kendall

I am currently adjunct faculty at William Paterson University teaching astronomy. I hold a Master of Science in Astronomy from New Mexico State University. I am also a board member of the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York. Since 2008, I have led the Inwood Astronomy Project which brought over 200 events of stargazing and public astronomy outreach to upper Manhattan, including the historic Inwood Star Fest, where Inwood Hill Park lights were turned off as part of the 100 Hours of Astronomy event in IYA2009. This was the first time in New York City history when park lights were turned off for an astronomy event. I've also focused on park safety due to an uptick in sexual assaults in Washington Heights and Inwood during 2011. I've worked to make our parks safer by encouraging public use of parks at night through night-time events with Park Rangers. I have led numerous "starwatching parties" and astronomy events in New York City, New Mexico, Minnesota, New Jersey, Connecticut and Texas. I am also proud to have been part of the NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador Program from 2009 to 2012. It all started way back in the fourth grade by the encouragement of two noted astronomers, Charles Schweighauser and Bart Bok. I saw Saturn through Charlie's telescope at then Sangamon State University on a clear Illinois night, and Bart encouraged me under those stars to study hard to come visit him at Kitt Peak National Observatory. I finally did make it down there about a decade after Bart passed away, and I found the favorite spots in Tucson, Arizona, where Bart and his wife Priscilla would spend when they were not gazing at the stars. Bart and his wife were pioneers in the study of the Milky Way, and their studies of the starforming regions called Bok Globules. It's even in my family. My great-grandfather was a Midwestern minister who used to preach his sermons out under the dark, cloudless nights. He always believed that getting out and experiencing the wonders of the natural world was a central part of being human. My family has always been inspired by his words: "We look up to look within." I hope that you'll join me under the stars or at one of my talks.

Come see what's up in the sky!

Jason Kendall

We look up to look within

William Paterson University Department of Physics American Astronomical Society Astronomical Society of the Pacific Amateur Astronomers Association of New York

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