The Artist and the Astronaut – A Documentary Screening and Discussion

Sep 09 2023
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Artist & the Astronaut tells the unlikely love story between the artist Pat Musick, a civil rights activist, and the Apollo astronaut Jerry Carr as they participate in some of the most historic events in human history. The film is filled with never-before-seen footage of the early space pioneers and features interviews with key figures from that era. It chronicles Pat and Jerry’s vastly different paths as they traverse uncertain times, eventually coming together to render some of America’s most enduring art. The Artist & the Astronaut is an uplifting love story proving that curiosity, perseverance, and empathy for others can be powerful agents of change.

The story of the making of this documentary is as unlikely as the story depicted in the film. Bill Muench, a full-time teacher, and basketball coach, at the urging of his wife, decides to make a documentary on a local Vermont couple. He embarked on this journey with no plan or budget. In the next six years, he traveled to nine states and two continents to interview numerous Apollo astronauts, their wives, award-winning authors, artists, art historians, and even NASA directors of mission control. Eventually teaming with music legend Todd Hobin, they produce a story that otherwise would have never been told.

Join us at 6 pm for a reception before the  7 pm screening.

PLEASE NOTE – We do not issue physical tickets. After you have registered, your name will be on our guest list. Upon arrival, you will check in at the front desk.

Click HERE to view the trailer.

Bill Muench is a teacher, musician, basketball coach, and now, director. While Muench has been passionate about film and editing for much of his life, this is his first full length documentary. Bill has traveled across the United States to meet with historians, activists, and former astronauts. The final production is now five years in the making, but Muench continues to be driven by its lessons in perseverance, hope, and gratitude.

Todd Hobin is an American singer/songwriter and founder of the Todd Hobin Band, who is creating an original cinematic score and writing original songs for the film.



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