Paul Turano
This is a film about Mars
1997
16mm
70 Minutes
This personal film explores the subject of "Mars" in the form of a visual essay, broken into fragmented associational ideas. The filmmaker’s father, a clinician and believer in the truths of science, reads prepared narration that speaks to the factual and authoritative hypotheses about the history of Mars and its significance in our future. His monologues deal with the past and present perceptions of the planet: the science of terra forming—the conversion of an uninhabitable planet to one favorable to terrestrials, the potential discoveries in the strata of Mars’ surface, and other expositions on the cosmological and astronomical relationship between Earth and Mars in myth and science. The filmmaker’s own spoken journal entries represent anecdotal interpretations of memories and personal experiences that have informed his understanding of not only Mars, but of our larger significance in the cosmos.