About the Movie
Documentary
Rocket To Venus
Language
English
Country
United States
Company
Urban Goat Films

LOG-LINE
Two friends follow the century-old trail of a mysterious Baltimore rocket builder and the spaceship he built that would take him to Venus.

SYNOPSIS
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.

Its 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…

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.

Cast

GEOFF DANEK

Geoff Danek

BRIAN CAREY

Brian Carey
Crew

Daphne Glover

Daphne Glover

Producer

Robert Ferrier

Robert Ferrier

Co-Director/Editor/Videographer

John Benam

John Benam

Co-Director/Director of Photography

Todd Evans

Todd Evans

Cinematographer/Editor

Impact Campaign
When we began this project, our goal was to do something beyond making a documentary… We wanted to find a way to energize and impassion young people to follow their dreams, to go beyond what is seemingly impossible, and to reach for their own Venus!
Our vision is to create a STEM (or STEAM) rocket build challenge program in the spring of 2021! STEM students from an area Magnet HS along with Baltimore City MS students can attend a 2-3 week-long “rocket camp” to build a replica of the rocket Robert Condit built in 1927, but using modern fuels and engines. They’ll receive mentorship along the way from actual rocket scientists, and it all culminates with a rocket launch of the rocket they built themselves! Our hope is that the “Rocket To Venus Replica Rocket Build Challenge” will get kids from across the state excited about rocketry and aerospace in a fun and tactile way.
And, that’s not all… We’re going to film all of it. We’re creating a mini-doc about this unique STEM student rocket build challenge program – following the students from the rocket labs to launch pad.
We’re currently building our team of rocket scientists and STEM instructors, and preparing for an all systems go launch! We have full support from an area Magnet High School, and several local universities have expressed interest in providing facilities, plus the Maryland and Delaware Rocketry Association have signed on to provide guidance and a launch facility… These strategic partnerships are key to a successful program, which presents a fantastic opportunity for our corporate partners.
Our goal is to create a Rocket To Venus Replica Rocket Build Challenge STEM pilot program that will grow into an annual event…  And provide a unique branding opportunity for our corporate partners. Our corporate partners become sponsors of the film and the STEM rocket build challenge program through a strategic cross-platform marketing plan – a fantastic branding opportunity, with name and logo attached to the film, the mini-doc, website, marketing materials, the rocket itself, and events like film premieres, and of course the rocket launch! Guaranteed to be a spectacle!
Join us for the ride!
Partners

DEVELOPMENT GRANT AWARDED FROM

 
Saul Zaentz Innovation Fund

FISCAL SPONSORSHIP PROVIDED BY

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS

Nathan W. Penrose

Kim Penrose

Harley Flack

BACKERS

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
Bongobump
Shaun Gildea
Chelsea Swann
Matt Bell
Renee Beck
David Bergander
Diane Bergander
Cathie Trogdon
Charlene Barnes
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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
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Ryan Cole
Kimberly Penrose
Scott K DeGraw
Robert, Jenna, Aimee Klimchak
Gemma Hoskins
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Andrew Krucoff
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Missy Esther Clark
Kathy Ely
Cory Glasgow
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Richard Chisolm
Joseph Scala
Burke Burnett
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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
Image Gallery
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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