THE FARTHEST – VOYAGER IN SPACE Wins the National Academies Keck Futures Initiative Communication Award and Scores Two News and Documentary Emmy® Award Nominations

CHEVY CHASE, Md. (August 23, 2018) -- HHMI Tangled Bank Studios is proud to add the prestigious National Academies Keck Futures Initiative Communication Award for film, radio and television to the list of recognitions for THE FARTHEST – VOYAGER IN SPACE, its film about NASA’s historic mission to explore the outer solar system. The award comes on the heels of two Emmy® nominations from The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences including Outstanding Science and Technology Documentary. THE FARTHEST – VOYAGER IN SPACE shares these honors with film partners Crossing The Line Films, the Irish Film Board and PBS.

THE FARTHEST- VOYAGER IN SPACE premiered nationally on PBS stations on Aug. 23, 2017 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the mission launch and is now streaming on Netflix. The film tells the amazing true story of one of humanity’s greatest achievements in exploration. Both Voyager spacecraft are still traveling and transmitting back data, and have become icons of human curiosity and ingenuity. THE FARTHEST – VOYAGER IN SPACE, called “dazzling” by the New York Times and “exactly what the world needs right now,” by the LA Times, was written and directed by Emer Reynolds and produced by John Murray and Clare Stronge.

THE FARTHEST – VOYAGER IN SPACE celebrates pioneers of space exploration and tells the stories of the scientists and engineers behind this epic mission over the course of 40 years,” said HHMI Tangled Bank Studios Executive Director Sean B. Carroll. “We hope audiences around the world are inspired by the achievements.”

The National Academies Communication Awards are part of the Keck Futures Initiative, a program of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, with the support of the W.M. Keck Foundation. The award ceremony will take place on Oct.11, 2018 in Washington, D.C.

THE FARTHEST – VOYAGER IN SPACE recently received two Emmy® nominations from The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for Outstanding Science and Technology Documentary and Outstanding Lighting Direction and Scenic Design. The 39th annual Emmy® awards ceremony will take place on Oct. 1, 2018 in New York City for an audience of more than 1,000 television and news media industry executives, news and documentary producers, and journalists.

THE FARTHEST – VOYAGER IN SPACE is a Crossing The Line film presented by HHMI Tangled Bank Studios in association with the Irish Film Board, ZDF, ARTE and BBC. The film is written and directed by Emer Reynolds and produced by John Murray and Clare Stronge. Executive producers are John Rubin, Sean B. Carroll and Dennis Liu (HHMI Tangled Bank Studios) and Keith Potter (the Irish Film Board). Executive in charge for PBS is Bill Gardner.

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About Crossing The Line Films

Crossing the Line is an Irish based production company producing authored wildlife and science documentaries for theatrical release and many of the world’s leading television broadcasters and documentary financiers. In the last five years their films have garnered five Emmy nominations and multiple awards at the world’s most prestigious natural history film festivals including Best of Festival at the UK’s Wildscreen in 2014 and an unprecedented two Best of Festival prizes in a row at the 2011 & 2013 Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festivals – the Oscars of the wildlife film world. Other past work includes the landmark film on the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis for PBS, which was nominated for a Grierson Award - the UK’s most prestigious documentary prize. The Farthest is the company’s first collaboration with HHMI Tangled Bank Studios.

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