A documentary about teacher-astronaut Christa McAuliffe will be screened at the on Saturday, Feb. 25 at 2 p.m.
Reach for the Stars, which originally aired on CNN Presents, is the first "mainstream" feature by local filmmakers Renee Sotile and Mary Jo Godges. The two run the company, Traipsing Thru Films, in Weho.
Sotile and Godges' film focuses on the life and sacrifice of teacher Christa McAuliffe, whose family spoke out for the first time in the documentary about how the event drastically altered their lives. Reach for the Stars also features previously unseen footage and candid NASA interviews.
The film's website recounts the public tragedy: "In 1986, space shuttle Challenger exploded, traumatizing the nation and taking the lives of the seven-member NASA crew. Among them was Christa McAuliffe, the first Teacher in Space. Reach for the Stars is her story."
The free screening is for everyone ages 10 and up, and will take place in the Children's Theater of the new library. There will be a question-and-answer session following the movie. For more information, contact Michael Mackavoy at 310-652-5340.
The West Hollywood Library is a branch of the County of Los Angeles Public Library. For further information – including other library happenings – visit the library website at http://www.colapublib.org/libs/whollywood/index.php