Platteville native Brett Marty’s debut narrative film “Youth,” a science fiction film about growing old in a world of perpetual youth, will be screening locally at the Driftless Film Festival at the Mineral Point Opera House on Thursday, Nov. 3.
In its first few months, the film has garnered several awards and played at more than 25 film festivals around the world, including Cannes, France.
Marty, the son of Ron and Kathy Marty, lives in San Francisco and runs Speculative Films with his partner Josh Izenberg. The two also recently released a short documentary with a team of astronomers, “The Search for Earth Proxima,” which according to Scientific American “highlights astronomers’ efforts to build a small, low cost space telescope to search for habitable planets around Alpha Centauri, our solar system’s nearest neighboring stars.”
To create the documentary, Marty and Izenberg spent weeks in the Atacama Desert and at the European Southern Observatory in northern Chile, an observatory complex with the biggest telescopes in the world, capturing time lapses of the star system in the southern night sky.
Marty also helps run Project Blue, a nonprofit space exploration mission that aims to launch a space telescope by 2020 and, according to The Guardian, “capture the first picture of an Earth-like planet that could be home to life beyond the solar system.”