About the Movie
Rocket To Venus
United States
Urban Goat Films

A Baltimore restaurant owner hears a crazy story about three amateur scientists who built a rocket in his garage back in 1928, and dreamed of flying to Venus.
Geoff and his life-long friend Buck follow a rocket builder's century-old trail in search of a long-lost rocket, while unraveling the mysterious tale of Baltimore's brush with the space race - decades before it began.


Geoff Danek, a Hampden, Baltimore restaurant owner, buys a house closer to his work… When a friend shows him an article about three guys who supposedly built a rocket to Venus in his garage, he talks his childhood buddy and business partner Brian “Buck” Carey into helping him find out more about these amateur scientists.

Road Trip!
Rocket To Venus follows Geoff and Buck on a cross-county road trip retracing the steps of Robert Condit, the “mathematical genius” who, with the help of brothers Harry and Sterling Uhler, built a rocket in Geoff’s small garage nearly a century ago.

From Baltimore to Miami and points beyond, they’re tracking down family, friends, or anyone else who can get them closer to finding the rocket – and closer to discovering who Robert Condit was – a rocket builder who believed he could blast himself into space and onto Venus.  It’s a trail of rocket fuel and money, in search of a spaceship, and ultimately unravel this head-scratching, science-defying mystery.

Outrageous friends uncovering an outrageous story about three amateur scientists who built an outrageous spacecraft aimed toward an outrageous destination! But beneath all this outrageousness is an internal spirit of a time in history when anything was possible. A time when people weren’t inhibited by any perceived limitations…

And to test the veracity of the story, Geoff and Buck build a replica rocket using the original designs from 1928. They’ll bring in a real-life rocket scientist, just so we don’t blow up the neighborhood… And, as a way to inspire budding astrophysicists, they’d love to make this build part of an extra-curriculum STEM program. Watch out Baltimore, history is about to repeat itself in Hampden!

By telling this story from Baltimore’s eclectic history, we hope to open the intersection of science and community. Rocket To Venus is a window into Baltimore’s past, telling a story of men pushing past their limits and testing the impossible. At the core is a story of friendship and perseverance. A reach for the stars, anything’s possible, can-do spirit that lies within us all.

As H.G. Wells once said, “Human history in essence, is the history of ideas.”

Baltimore is a “build it” town. Dream it and do it. It’s a spirit that’s embodied the people here for centuries. We aim to harness that spirit and enthusiasm of dreaming big and building something even bigger. Our mission is to bring this story to the world. Along the way, we hope to inspire young people in Baltimore (and beyond) to follow their interests and scientific curiosity. We pledge to personally match a portion of the film’s proceeds to send Baltimore City public school children to a STEM-based retreat, or perhaps even space camp, so they too can reach for the stars. The more we raise, the more kids we can reach with this unique opportunity.



Geoff Danek


Brian Carey

Daphne Glover

Daphne Glover


Robert Ferrier

Robert Ferrier


John Benam

John Benam

Co-Director/Director of Photography

Todd Evans

Todd Evans




Saul Zaentz Innovation Fund



Michael Moser
Bill Danek
Paul Krolian
Candace Cole
Christina Valar Breen
Yellow Breen
Brian Carey
John Lancaster
Marcia Robusto
Sarah Matas
Robert Caple
Cody M. Buck
Matt Smitheman
Joe Said
Steven Shikhel
Ryan White
Emre Izat
Miceal Odonnell
Alysia LaFerriere
Richard Messick
Matthias Mundt
Paul Flinton
Andrew Rose
Rodney Henry
John Glover
Kini Collins
Veronica Jay Clay
Anita McCabe
Mike Furr
Charles & Karen Hennigan
Susan Moynihan
Joe Kalinowski
Peter Evans
Joe Loverde
Dave Statter
Jeff Krulik
Allen Flinchum
John Ellsberry
Nicolas China
Aid Through Trade
Jeffrey Pratt Gordon
Shaun Gildea
Chelsea Swann
Matt Bell
Renee Beck
David Bergander
Diane Bergander
Cathie Trogdon
Charlene Barnes
Michael Tully
David Foertsch
Justin Kennedy
Mark Finkelpearl
Carolann Tully
Angela Mayer
Robert Atkinson
Matt Durose
E. Brady Robinson
Aidan Gray
Michael Seighman
Alexandria Perryman
Jason Williams
Autumn Breaud
James and Thuy Hewat
Michelle Dunn
Jingyi Hu
Ruth Clark
Colleen Wynn
Bill Elek
Thierry Humeau
Benton Moore
Kristin J Mohr
Dave Adams
Daniel D Harvey
David and Nancy Henry
Daniel Gildark
Doug Wirth
Colleen Tully
Laura Hazan
A. Moore
Ryan Cole
Kimberly Penrose
Scott K DeGraw
Robert, Jenna, Aimee Klimchak
Gemma Hoskins
Andrew Krucoff
Missy Esther Clark
Kathy Ely
Cory Glasgow
Skizz Cyzyk
Richard Chisolm
Joseph Scala
Burke Burnett
James Fisher
Maureen Beaupre
Mike Frasca
John Washko
Peter F Stine
Robert van Trigt
Al Jones
Stanley J March
Barb Cooke
Amy Barley
Joanne Braverman
M. Kammerer
Jack Carey
Camila Franco Ribeiro Gomide
Nick Kovacic
Jessica Baroody
Nathan Penrose
Michael Kelly
Joe and Marita Danek
Brian and John
Raymond Burns
Gillian Quinn
Josh Davidsburg
Dustan Thompson
Megan Sosey
Corey Allender
Scott Huffines
Jody Danek and Kristin Lewis
Lance C Barley
Alison Moss
Laura Myers
Tiffany Houchins
Bryan Noto
Sheila Gonzalez
Laura Stokes
Francisco Cummings
Lara M Faulkner
Sam Legrys
Michael Evitts
RTV Buzz
Coffee With: Rocket To Venus
This interview with our producers was featured on WJZ-TV Morning Show and published by WJZ on August 8, 2019.
Radio interview with Alex Cortright on WTMD
Rocket To Venus The Film was featured in a radio interview with Alex Cortright on WTMD.
Rocket to Venus owners fundraising to film their search for a long-lost spaceship
An article by Ethan McLeod in Baltimore Fishbowl.
RTV on  WBAL-TV 11 Baltimore
In July 2019 Rocket to Venus The Film was featured in the 5 PM newscast by Jason Newton and WBAL-TV.
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