Fresh Films’ New Fun, Physics-Inspired Sci-fi Film for Kids Starring Steve Guttenberg and Harry Lennix to Premiere at White House Initiative’s Event

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Hollywood-film producer, Fresh Films, gains support in the nation’s capital for its role in inspiring kids’ interest in STEM careers in front of, and behind, the camera.

“Traveling Without Moving” will premiere on Sept. 28, 2016 at the Landmark E Street Cinema as part of The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans (Initiative) Film Screening and Discussion Series (#AfAmEdFilms).

Fresh Films, known for its productions that put teens behind the camera on real Hollywood film sets thanks to SUBWAY® and Best Buy, is debuting its newest feature film in the nation’s capital.

“Traveling Without Moving,” will tell the story of three teens on a mission to find their missing parents in another world! Steve Guttenberg (“Lavalantula”, “3 Men and a Baby”, “Cocoon”, “Police Academy”, “Diner,” etc.) and Harry Lennix (“The Blacklist”, “Man of Steel”, “Chiraq”) star in the film, with Congressman Bill Foster (the only physicist in Congress) making a cameo.

But “Traveling Without Moving” is unlike any other celebrity-filled Hollywood production. With hundreds of teens in its production credits, and its entertaining story line designed to create excitement about science, the film is a sci-fi thriller that inspires kids’ curiosity in the world around them.

Because of its revolutionary approach to inspiring kids, “Traveling Without Moving” will premiere on Sept. 28, 2016 at the Landmark E Street Cinema as part of The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans (Initiative) Film Screening and Discussion Series (#AfAmEdFilms). The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African-Americans (Initiative) Film Screening and Discussion Series (#AfAmEdFilms) screens films that depict positive and compelling stories of students, families, and communities striving for academic excellence.

Fresh Films and the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans are passionate about increasing the number of students who pursue STEM education and careers – a priority of the Obama administration.

The film premiere screening will be followed by interactive visual effects and camera demos and discussions about the science and technology used to create the film with Fresh Films partners Dell, Blackmagic Design and Augustana College. The movie was filmed on Blackmagic Design’s Cinema Camera and Production Camera 4K digital film cameras.

“At Dell, we’re always looking for opportunities to connect with the next generation of creators and working with Fresh Films was a perfect occasion to do just that,” said Rahul Tikoo, Executive Director & GM, Dell Precision. “Dell and Fresh Films share a similar philosophy of helping young talent cultivate skills and realize their vision with technology as an accelerator rather than an inhibitor. We’re excited about this project as well as other projects that will be powered by Dell Precision.”

The entertaining, fictional thriller is based on real quantum physics and the science of wormholes. Scientists from NASA, University of Chicago and Adler Planetarium all helped to ensure its scientific accuracy.

“Beyond being a fun, sci-fi film, ‘Traveling Without Moving’ is also meant to inspire kids’ curiosity about physics, science and technology,” says Estlin Feigley, director with Fresh Films. “It’s amazing to see everyone from elected officials to leading scientists to AfAmEdFilms on board with, and excited about, a project that inspires kids’ interest in the world around them through a purely entertaining story that they’ll love watching.”

To make the movie, Fresh Films replaced the filmmaking pros with 300 teens from across the country. The teens worked on set or in the edit bay learning the ins and outs of film production and the many STEM skills that are needed for behind-the-scenes roles in the industry.

After the film’s premiere, “Traveling Without Moving” will be available immediately on Amazon, then screened in schools as part of a school tour presented by SUBWAY® and Best Buy, followed by a nationwide release later this year. Like all of Fresh Films’ productions, 100% of proceeds from the film benefit youth charities and programs.

‘Traveling Without Moving’ – School Tour
SUBWAY® and Best Buy will be bringing the film to more than 30 middle schools and high schools across the country this fall, hosting assemblies that include screenings of the teen-produced film and visits by film pros and scientists, inspiring the way teens think about their future.

If you would like to see “Traveling Without Moving” at your school, request a visit here: http://www.fresh-films.com/educators.php

Fresh Film’s last movie, “The Stream,” which starred Mario Lopez, Rainn Wilson and many other celebrities, was also made with help from hundreds of teens and benefitted Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

About the Film:
Traveling Without Moving is a science-adventure film about three teens whose science project unlocks the key to finding their missing parents in another world! The science in the film is based on the quantum mechanics theory “Many Worlds,” and also the science of wormholes.

About Fresh Films:
Now based at Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill., Fresh Films has been engaging youth behind the camera and creating youth-targeted TV shows, films and original content since 2002—all purposed to make a difference in young lives. Other recent productions include “The Stream,” a coming-of-age family comedy created by teens, benefitting Boys & Girls Clubs of America and featuring Mario Lopez (Extra), Kelly Rutherford (Gossip Girl), Christopher Gorham (Covert Affairs) and Rainn Wilson (Backstrom); and “Detectives Club,” a science TV show for kids. Fresh Films is the non-profit arm of Dreaming Tree Films. More information at http://www.fresh-films.com.

Through projects and internships in a variety of areas—including business operations, script writing, project management and marketing—Fresh Films at Augustana promotes hands-on learning in the applied arts. Working with Fresh Films, students in majors across the liberal arts can develop their creative, technical, communication and leadership skills. Plans are underway for the college to introduce a new concentration in media and film studies, for students interested in the many professional opportunities in the global media and entertainment industry.

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