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