Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Special Documentary, "Triump Of The Dream" with Norman Seeff: August 16 in Los Angeles

A really cool film exhibit if you'd like to RSVP. Cheers, M.

Details: Special showing; Documentary, “TRIUMP OF THE DREAM”
This is a tremendous film and a behind the scenes look at the drama, creation and inspiration of the landing of the two rovers (Spirit and Opportunity) on Mars 8 years ago.  Many of the scientist and visionaries featured in this film have leadership roles on the Curiosity Rover.
We will be joined by Norman Seeff (photographer, filmmaker, documentarian) and possibly as well some of the JPL members themselves. For more on Norman, see below, or www.NormanSeeff.com.
Space is VERY limited, so please RSVP.  We’re sure this will close out fast.
When: Thursday, August 16th, 2012 6pm-9pm
                Networking 6-7pm,
                Showing 7-8:30pm
                Q&A with Norman Seeff 8:30-9pm
Where; Gensler
                500 S. Figueroa Street
          Los Angeles, CA 90071
Parking ($8 at Los Angeles Central Library, which is directly across the street from Gensler at City National Plaza.)  http://www.lapl.org/maps/branch_googlemap.php?branchid=93
Gensler is a world famous architecture firm that has constantly pushed the levels of innovation, creativity, and creation of buildings that have never been done before.  The new flagship office (see below) is an example of their vision coming to life.
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About the documentary “Triumph of the Dream”:
In 2003, Seeff was invited by Dr. Charles Elachi, the Director of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, to observe the 2 Mars Rovers under construction in the vast clean rooms on the JPL campus.
As they walked back to Dr. Elachi’s office discussing the nature and challenges of the innovative process, Seeff was struck by the profound courage, conviction and commitment of the thousands of individuals engaged in a dream to put two Rovers the size of a small motor vehicle on the surface of Mars, 140 million miles away.
Inspired to discover whether his observations on the nature of the creative process in individuals would apply equally to a collective vision of this scale, Seeff was granted access to key scientists and engineers of the Mars Exploration Rover mission (MER) and began production on his documentary film “Triumph of the Dream”.
Seeff’s film explores the moments of inspiration, the failures, the challenges, the uncertainties, and the lack of fear of failure, even though it was not only a real possibility, but there had been a prior failed landing, and the tense moments defined as “7 minutes of terror” when there is hope and trepidation that the landing on Mars will be a success.
If you can’t attend, at a minimum, please check out some of Normans fabulous work (See below), as well as this short clip from the film.

You can get a sense of the tension and excitement of accomplishing a lifelong passion.
More about the Documentary; http://bit.ly/TriumphOverview
Short video clip; http://bit.ly/SteveSqclip
20 Minute excerpt from “Triumph of the Dream”- www.bit.ly/NormanSeeffTriumph
We certainly hope you can join us.
Again, please RSVP as the viewing space is limited.

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About Norman Seeff:
Norman Seeff, whose iconic photograph of Jobs sitting cross-legged with a new Macintosh on his lap was featured on the cover of TIME Magazine and the back of Walter Isaacson's biography, spoke of Jobs’ intensity and determination, a quality Seeff says he also saw when he photographed musical greats Ray Charles and Tina Turner, and film directors Billy Wilder and Martin Scorsese. “Those people have what I call ‘far vision.’ They look out to the future.” commented Seeff. He continued, “The dreamer always has a vision of the possibilities in the future. That was my sense of Steve.”
Beginning with an Ike & Tina Turner session in 1975, Seeff began filming his photo sessions, using them as a launching point to explore the energy and inspiration of the creative process at work. Since then, over 400 of Seeff’s photo sessions have been recorded on film or video. This footage provides a remarkable insight into the creative process of many of the world’s greatest artists and innovators.
What do Steve Jobs, Ray Charles, Martin Scorsese, will.i.am, Norman Mailer, Nobel Science Laureates and NASA Scientists & Engineers and hundreds of other innovators, creators, and visionaries all have in common?
They have discussed their creative process with acclaimed photographer and filmmaker Norman Seeff.
As a leading photographer of public personalities during the 1970’s and 80’s, Seeff became renowned for his ability to capture the very essence of his subjects.
Their willingness to be vital and authentic resulted from the environment Seeff created; which led to often intimate revelations of how his subjects function creatively.
Seeff’s images have been featured on 100’s of album covers, billboards and the covers of TIME, Rolling Stone, Esquire and Interview magazines.
Over 400 of Seeff’s photo sessions have been recorded on film or video, beginning in 1975 with Ike & Tina Turner and including other musical artists, film directors, authors, scientists and entrepreneurs.
This footage provides a remarkable insight into the creative process of many of the world’s greatest artists and innovators. Seeff’s 1985 session with Ray Charles can be viewed at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9oag4jpnCE8.
Seeff’s recent sessions with today’s leading artists include will.i.am, excerpts of which can be viewed
at: http://www.lstudio.com/the sessions--‐project/the--‐sessions--‐project--‐episode--‐1.html.
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