Lunarcy!

2012 USA / Duration: 79 mins Directed by: Simon Ennis

One of the most cleverly named documentaries we've seen at Mountainfilm, Lunarcy! is wonderful and disarming. The film follows several characters who have gone completely bonkers for the moon: Alan Bean is one of the 12 men who have walked on the moon and is now creating moon art with relics from his trip; Dennis Hope discovered a loophole in the 1967 U.N. Outer Space Treaty that bans nations from claiming ownership of extra-terrestrial bodies, but not individuals; and Christopher Carson aims to be the first citizen of a colonized moon with the slogan “Luna City or Bust.” While there is definitely something quirky about these lunar lovers, they also realize humans are on a dangerous trajectory on earth, so they are looking for an escape hatch. As Director Simon Ennis says of his characters: "They were always focused on reaching for something bigger than the humdrum everyday world around us. Everyone was motivated by real optimism and a yearning for transcendence. And that’s something I can absolutely relate to.”

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