Campaign launched to raise funding for an art and animation infused feature length documentary revealing the amazing works of long forgotten science fiction writers.  



Press release, Portland, Oregon – An innovative documentary, Cities in the Sky: Science Fiction’s Forgotten Visionaries, is currently conducting a fundraising campaign on This project is an innovative, art and animation infused look at forgotten and overlooked science fiction writers.  Many of the authors covered have been forgotten and marginalized for hundreds and in some incidences even thousands of years. Yet, these visionary authors foresaw modern developments with often shocking accuracy. More information about the film, can be found at
The hope is that the Kickstarter will raise much-needed funds to bring the stories to life through art and animation. The aim is to focus on a spotlight on these authors and the contribution that they made both to science fiction, as they greatly influenced countless more well-known authors, and culture in general.

Marisa Cohen is the co-founder of HDFEST®, a film festival which launched in 2000 to screen indie films shot with exclusively HD technology.  As a member of the festival review committee, She has watched and rated thousands of films, including scores of documentaries. In regards to her decision to work on a film of her own, Marisa states, “I’ve watched thousands of indie films over the years and promoted thousands as well.  At this point, I have a pretty good overall idea what makes a film work.  When the idea for this project took shape years ago, I just knew that this was something that was worthwhile and something that I needed to be involved with. This project will focus on overlooked science fiction geniuses, including many women!”

Cities in the Sky seeks to draw attention to the fact that science fiction has always provided us with both dark and optimistic views regarding the future.  Some of the overlooked geniuses of science fiction pointed towards a brighter world and saw technology playing a key role in this development.  Often when we think about visionaries and science fiction, the obvious aspects to focus on involve technology, but the writers covered in Cities in the Sky dreamed up ideas in other areas such as equality for women, the humane treatment of animals, environmental issues, and different types of political and social structures.

Marisa points out “Science fiction should be about transformative ideas, transformative technologies and exploring ways of improving every aspect of people’s lives.  A lot of earlier works centered on the idea of envisioning a brighter future that was full of a range of possibilities.”
Producer Issac Alexander adds “From one perspective I’ve been researching this project since I was about 12 years old, I just didn’t realize it at the time.  I’ve read a lot of science fiction and I’ve stumbled across a lot of overlooked work too.  Reading much of this work let me stunned, as I was pretty shocked that more people had not heard of it.  The big names in science fiction have earned their place, but there are some men and women who’ve been kind of swept by the wayside.”
The Cities in the Sky: Science Fiction’s Forgotten Visionaries Kickstarter project runs through Tuesday February 5th at 9:04pm EST.  If the funding goal isn’t met, no backers will be charged.  To support the project, visit

About Marisa Cohen:

Marisa Cohen was co-founder of HDFEST®, an exclusively high-definition film festival has toured the world presenting independent films, panels and seminars in cities including New York, Los Angeles, Helsinki, Seoul, Paris, Portland, Seattle and London.  Past festival sponsors have included Intel, Dolby, Sony, BBC and dozens of other technology and entertainment industry companies.  HDFEST® has been covered by a wide variety of media outlets including Wired Magazine, USA Today, Filmmaker Magazine, The Wall Street Journal and others.  She also founded and was the Director of The Baltimore Women’s Film Festival, which showcased the best in indie filmmaking by women. The festival contributed a percentage of ticket sales to support local women with breast cancer.  Marisa was co-director and co-writer for one of the first high-definition feature length films in 1999.