82 minutes
high definition animation

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Future Film Festival Bologna, Italy
April 21 at 2pm at the Cinema Teatro Duse
in competition.

The Atlanta Film Festival Atlanta, GA
Tues. May 3 at 7:15pm and Fri. May 6 at 8:30pm at the Landmark midtown

Modern Film Fest in Kannapolis, NC
MARS kicks off the fest on Friday, September 30th at 5:00 p.m. at the Gem Theatre

and look for announcements about more Texas screenings, Australia, Brazil, Canada, and Illinois soon!

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A new space race is born between NASA and the ESA when Charlie Brownsville, Hank Morrison, and Dr. Casey Cook compete against an artificially intelligent robot to find out what's up there on the red planet. 'Mars' follows these three astronauts on the first manned mission to our galactic neighbor. On the way they experience life threatening accidents, self doubts, obnoxious reporters, and the boredom of extended space travel.

This romantic comedy is told in the playful style of a graphic novel- using a unique animation process that director Geoff Marslett developed specifically for the film. Underneath the silliness Mars is also an exploration of exploration. Why do we want to know what is out there? How do we react to what we find? Is it really that important? And where does love fit into the whole thing?

SXSW Film Festival March 2010, Austin, Texas
Maryland Film Festival May 2010, Baltimore, Maryland

BAMcinemaFEST June 2010, Brooklyn, New York
Salt Lake City Film Festival August 2010, Salt Lake City, Utah
Flagstaff Film Festival August 2010, Flagstaff, Arizona
Nevada City Film Festival August 2010, Nevada City, California
Chesapeake Film Festival September 2010, Eastern Shore of Maryland
Dallas Video Fest September 2010, Dallas, Texas - honorable mention for Narrative Feature Competition
Sidewalk Moving Pictures Festival September 2010, Birmingham, Alabama
The Lund International Fantastic Fest September 2010, Lund, Sweden
Best of Lund International Fantastic Fest October 2010, Copenhagen, Denmark
October 2010, Bend, Oregon
Tucson Film and Music Festival October 2010, Tucson, Arizona - Closing Night Film
Anaheim International Film Festival
October 2010, Anaheim, California
Sitges Festival International de Cinema Fantastic de Catalunya October 2010, Sitges, Spain
BFI London Film Festival October 2010, London, England
Heartland Truly Moving Pictures Festival October 2010, Indianapolis, Indiana
Indie Memphis October 2010, Memphis, Tennessee - winner jury award for narrative ambition
Holland Animation Festival November 2010, in Utrecht, Holland
Cucalorus Film Festival November 2010, Wilmington, North Carolina
Utopiales Festival November 2010, Nantes, France
Expotoons International Animation Festival December 2010, Buenos Aires, Argentina
reRun Gastropub Theatre Brooklyn, New York - ran week of 3-9, 2010
San Francisco Independent Film Festival Feb. 2011 - San Francisco, CA
winner "Best Animated Film"
The Texas Theater Dallas, TX - Dallas, TX - ran week of Feb 11-18, 2011
Austin Film Society Best of the Fests Feb. 2011 - Alamo Drafthouse, Austin, TX
Real Art Ways Feb. 2011 - Hartford, Connecticut
!f Istanbul International Independent Film Festival Feb. 2011 - Istanbul, Turkey
MARS was also be part of their !f2: Live from Istanbul (shown in 26 cities in the region) and Geoff headed up a workshop for festival participants
Monstra Festival de Animacao de Lisboa March 2011 - Lisbon, Portugal
Geoff also co-taught a workshop as part of the festival
Alamo Ritz March 7-9, 2011 - Austin, TX
limited run right at the Alamo Drafthouse

written and directed by GEOFF MARSLETT

MARS features a talented cast of actors, musicians, and animators, including:
MARK DUPLASS (Humpday, The Puffy Chair, Greenberg, Cyrus)
ZOE SIMPSON (Deadly Obsession, Maidenhead)
PAUL GORDON (Motorcycle, Gretchen)
CYNTHIA WATROS (LOST, The Drew Carey Show)
MICHAEL DOLAN (Biloxi Blues, Hamburger Hill)
LIZA WEIL (The Gilmore Girls, Little Fish Strange Pond)
JAMES KOCHALKA (musician and comic artist)
HOWE GELB (Giant Sand)
KINKY FRIEDMAN (musician, politician, actor, and TV personality)

as well as appearances by Don Hertzfeldt, Nicole Atkins, Jonna Juul-Hansen, Charissa Allen, Elena Araoz, Jerm Pollet, and Garry Peters.

With a soundtrack written by Howe Gelb and including performances by Howe Gelb, Giant Sand, Neko Case, Victoria Williams, Jason Lytle, Kristen Hersh, John Convertino, Bill Elm, Mark Smoot, Nic Koller, and more.


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POV magazine,
Filmmaker Magazine
The Washington Post
The Wall Street Journal
National Geographic

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