The Story of Sputnik

An educational short for anyone who missed (or misses) the Cold War. May actually contain some facts. It definitely contains some little cartoons. Sputnik stars veteran Bay Area comedian Michael Meehan.


MAY 2011
The first ever Bodega Bay International Short Film Festival included a screening of SPUTNIK. A fun event at a cool venue, the UCD Bodega Marine Laboratory.

SPUTNIK is among the short films playing as part of the continuing Shadowbox Cinema series. This time in Houston, Texas, at a cool venue called The Aurora Picture Show.

Sputnik postcardOCTOBER 2009
L’chaim! SPUTNIK played the Icon Science Fiction Film Festival in Tel Aviv, Israel.

A screening at MOCAD, the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. In association with the Ann Arbor Film Festival, this screening kicked off Shadbowbox Cinema, featuring a hand-picked selection of short films, including SPUTNIK! There are plans to take this program of shorts on tour, so stay tuned…

JULY 2009
A screening at the Isle of Wight Film Festival — Newport Harbour, Isle of Wight, UK

MAY, 2009
Sci-fi fans across the pond got a chance to see SPUTNIK when it played in Pecs, Hungary at the PLAN9 Science Fiction Film Festival, and in the UK at Sci-Fi London.

APRIL 5, 2009
SPUTNIK screened–and picked up an audience choice award!–at the Faux Film Festival in Portland, OR

MARCH 2009
SPUTNIK screened in my hometown at the Sonoma International Film Festival in Sonoma, CA.

MARCH 2009
SPUTNIK had two screenings at Cinequest in San Jose, CA, and a couple more at the Lake County Film Festival in Illinois.

OCTOBER 25, 2008
SPUTNIK has a world premiere at the Williamstown Film Festival in Massachusetts. And a lovely time it was. The screening was well attended and everyone laughed in the right places. Williamstown was very nice and the fall colors were spectacular. Every local we talked to said “you shoulda been here last week” but it looked just fine to me. Pictures of the trip can be seen here.

JULY 15, 2008
SPUTNIK edit completed, but for a final sound mix and color correction. The first festival submissions are going out in the mail this week.

JUNE 16, 2008
That’s a wrap! Many thanks to my fantastic cast and crew. You guys rock, and thoroughly.

The Story of Sputnik - production photoOn location in the Forum Room at the Santa Rosa Public Library.

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