https://www.mos.org/subspace/sanctity-of-space Museum of Science, Boston
1 Science Park
Boston, MA 02114
Film, Social Good, Sports & Active Life
Don’t miss a special screening of the new documentary, The Sanctity of Space, coming to the Mugar Omni Theater for one-night only this Spring! Lured by a black and white photograph, three renowned climbers pursue the ultimate adventure and show us why humans must explore, in this breathtaking new film inspired by the iconic photography of Brad Washburn, founding director of the Museum of Science, Boston.
Brad Washburn was the greatest aerial mountain photographer of all time. Hanging out the open door of an airplane, he flew above unmapped mountain ranges - capturing iconic images with which he could make maps, pursue scientific inquiries, discover first ascents, and inspire people.
More than eighty years after Washburn first photographed Denali from the air, climbing buddies Renan Ozturk and Freddie Wilkinson look at some of Washburn’s images and have this crazy idea: rather than go up, their dream is to go sideways — across the range’s most forbidding peaks, the Mooses Tooth massif. It’s a decidedly new school way to explore the same landscape Washburn first discovered.
As they pioneer the route over the course of two expeditions, enduring freezing bivies, cut ropes, and rockfall along the way, their desire to be the first to complete the audacious line grows into an obsession. But friendships begin to fray when Renan suffers a near fatal brain injury, forcing them to decide what’s most important. When they rendezvous in the small town of Talkeetna for yet another attempt, all bets are off.
While the climbing action unfolds, Washburn’s own incredible story comes to life through stunning archivals and recreations. As a young man he turned down Amelia Earhart’s offer to join her on her around the world flight, then pulled off one of the gutsiest exploratory climbs in history - the epic first ascent of Mt. Lucania - but suffered his own fatal plane crash which left two women dead. His superhero wife Barbara ultimately redeemed him, and helped him map and explore the greatest landscapes on Earth, and his relationship with Ansel Adams allowed him to transcend his day-to-day job as Director of the Boston Museum of Science to become something he would never admit to being: an artist.
Filmed over a period of five years, The Sanctity Of Space brings together visual elements of the highest order – from Washburn and Adams’s stunning large format black and white photographs to state-of-the-art helicopter cinematography to space photography – with an unforgettable story spanning generations. It’s both a white-knuckle adventure tale, and a celebration of the spirit of exploration.
Join us for a special screening followed by a conversation and Q&A with cast and creative team, only at the Museum of Science!
This screening is funded in part by the Richard S. Morse fund.
As we prepare to welcome you back on-site and into our theaters for our 2022 SubSpace season, we are taking every step to keep our collaborators, speakers, artists, staff, and audiences safe. Measures we have implemented include:
• In accordance with the current City-wide vaccination requirement, you must show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 to enter the Museum. Please see our Visitor Code of Conduct for details.
• All audience members must wear a mask whenever inside the Museum and our theater spaces. Reduced seating capacities in all theater spaces to allow for more social distancing
• Increased cleaning frequency of high-touch surfaces and spaces Enhanced operations and maintenance of our heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems, including utilizing higher efficiency air filters and increasing the introduction of fresh air through our ventilation systems.
• Implemented a mandatory Museum vaccination policy for all staff and volunteers. Details can be found here: https://www.mos.org/press/press-releases/Museum-of-Science-Vaccine-Employee-Policy
The Museum of Science will continue to monitor and follow CDC, state and city guidelines and communicate changes to the above protocol to ticket holders in advance of each program. All these policies are subject to change and guests who do not comply with the Museum policies will not be admitted into a program nor receive a refund.
Please visit our website for the most up-to date policies and protocols: https://www.mos.org/visit/code-of-conduct