At the core of this fascinating story is the emotional bond Tanner and his students immediately form with each other, and as their coding skills gradually evolve from an amateur level to representing California in the ISS Finals, their victories feel like ours too. The incredibly evident and moving on-screen intimacy is reflective of the thoughtful and collaborative filmmaking process that director Thomas Verrette cultivated with Tanner, the students, and their families. Zero Gravity empowers these gifted children to use their unique voices throughout, speaking on issues ranging from global warming, racism, and bullying, and encourages them to realize their own dreams through education, collaboration, and reaching for the stars.
Their inspiring journey takes us everywhere, from intimate moments with their families at home to the 4th planet from our sun, all seamlessly interwoven with supporting astronauts Cady Coleman, Steve Smith, and ISS resident Jack Fisher, who performs the students’ incredible achievements in orbit 250 miles above the Earth’s surface.
Zero Gravity is a testament to the impact of scientists, engineers, and educators on the lives of the next generation, and is an impressive showcase of inclusion, innovation, and opportunity in action. A new space race is upon us, and with NASA and the corporate space industry readying new missions to the moon, Mars and beyond, our future lies with the next generation of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) qualified individuals. Leading the the long-awaited return of the Zero Robotics competition next year, Zero Gravity not only tells an uplifting and universal story for all ages, but aims to be catalyst for the next generation of future STEM leaders through masterful storytelling, empathy, and the triumph of the human spirit.