The new short documentary, “Observatory,” will premiere virtually at the Princeton Environmental Film Festival on April 16 at 7pm. A live question-and-answer session on Zoom with Bakos and Flesher will follow the screening on April 16.
The film is the story of Princeton University astrophysicist Gaspar Bakos and his three school-age sons looking for something interesting to do in early 2020 after the pandemic shuts down much of society. For them, that “something to do,” is a $40 motion-activated wildlife camera, on which they initially record chipmunks eating nuts outside their Princeton home. Soon they move the camera to a small patch of woods and meet a cautious fox, and by the end of the film they are paddling to remote locations on Lake Carnegie while discovering beavers, mink and much more. “Observatory,” which is 11 minutes long, was directed by Jared Flesher and produced by the Princeton University Office of Sustainability.
Learn more about the film in this news announcement.
How to watch: The Observatory premiere is free to watch starting at 7pm on Friday April 16, You can pre-register by clicking "pre-order now for free" on the screening website. Stick around for a live Q&A with astrophysicist Gaspar Bakos and filmmaker Jared Flesher at 7:15pm. If you haven't used Eventive before, you'll be asked to login by supplying an email address and password.
Tickets are free and the event is open to the public.