A Unique Audience at a Special Venue
The Los Angeles Museum of Tolerance was the prestigious venue for a private screening of the West Street documentary, “Space Shuttle Columbia: Mission of Hope.” The event was hosted by Broadcast Music, Inc (BMI), and The Society of Composers & Lyricists (SCL). The screening took place at the Peltz Theatre within the museum, before a large audience of music composers from film and television.
Immediately following the documentary, Jon Burlingame, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television at University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music, hosted a Q&A with special guest Blake Neely, the films music composer, and film producer Christopher Cowen, and Executive Producer Mark Herzog.
The PBS documentary “Mission of Hope” follows the trail of a small Torah scroll, and an artifact from the Holocaust that was smuggled into a Nazi concentration camp during World War II. Decades later the scroll ultimately fell into the hands of space shuttle Columbia Astronaut Ilan Ramon, from Israel, who carried the scroll with him to space. Ramon and his crewmates were killed when the Columbia exploded while returning to earth.
"The Museum of Tolerance is a perfect place to carry the messages of the film,” said Dan Cohen, director of the film. “Mission of Hope is a powerful journey of the human spirit, the documentary is about a remarkable story from the Holocaust, but the film is also about diversity and the Columbia crew, who demonstrated to the world what can happen when we all work together for the greater good."
Pictured: Jon Burlingame; SCL Executive Director Laura Dunn; BMI composer Blake Neely; producer Christopher Cowen; Executive Producer Mark Herzog; Ray Yee , BMI Assistant Vice President, and Ray Costa of Costa Communications.
“Space Shuttle Columbia: Mission of Hope” aired on PBS, and has won “Best Film” honors 5-times in festivals in the U.S. and Hong Kong. The documentary was produced by West Street, with partners Herzog & Company, and Playtone.
The documentary is available for live streaming on the PBS web site:
The music from the film is also available on iTunes