SXSW ’15: Vimeo plans big “Planetary” push

The doc, making its premiere at SXSW next week, originated as a short hosted on the video platform.
March 12, 2015

New York-based video platform Vimeo will be the exclusive video on demand outlet for Planetary, a documentary making its world premiere at the Vimeo Theatre at SXSW in Austin, Texas on March 17.

Partnering with Abramorama and to distribute the documentary for a theatrical release, this marks the first time Vimeo acts as a presenting partner on a film. It will be posted on Vimeo On Demand on Earth Day, April 22.

The debut feature from Planetary Collective, a creative organization “dedicated to worldview disruption,” Planetary began life as a 19-minute short on Vimeo called Overview. The film, which revolved around interviews with astronauts who described what it meant to see Earth from space, has garnered almost seven million views to date on Vimeo.

A plan to extend the film into a full-length documentary called Continuum became the subject of a 2013 Kickstarter campaign that raised more than $86,000. One name change later, and Planetary was successfully completed.

A film about interdependence, weaving imagery from NASA Apollo missions with footage from Buddhist monasteries in the Himalayas, along with interviews with astronauts, environmentalists, anthropologists and National Geographic Explorers, Planetary is a film about interconnection, according to Vimeo.

The film is directed by Guy Reid, written and edited by Steve Watts Kennedy, and Christoph Ferstad serves as director of photography.

Abramorama’s Richard Abramowitz, Thought Engine’s Karol Martekso-Fenster,’s Peter Glatzer, and Vimeo’s Jeremy Boxer and Sam Morrill brokered the distribution deal.

(From Stream Daily)

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