John Was Trying to Contact Aliens
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    John Was Trying to Contact Aliens

    Directed by

    USA

    2020

    16 min

    • English

    Documentary

    John Shepherd had a special mission in life: to make contact with aliens. Over the course of thirty years John transformed his grandparents' home in rural Michigan into an incredible laboratory from which he broadcast experimental music millions of miles into space. JOHN WAS TRYING TO CONTACT ALIENS charts the rise and fall of this one man SETI project, before opening up into a broader story about the human need for connection.

    Awards

    • Short Film Jury Award (Nonfiction) - Sundance FF

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    John Shepherd
    Editing
    Matthew Killip
    Production
    MATTHEW KILLIP
    Matthew Killip

    Matthew Killip

    United Kingdom

    Matthew Killip is a British filmmaker living in New York City. His short documentaries have played at film festivals around the world, including Sundance Film Festival and True/False Film Fest. He also works as an editor, most notably collaborating on multiple projects with artist Jeremy Deller and director Michael Almereyda.