Artist Development

Dreams in Red


On July 20, 1969, the United States achieved something spectacular and inspiring, landing the first men on the moon, and then returning them safely to Earth. Fueled by Cold War tensions, the decade-long space race culminating with the Apollo 11 mission yielded one of the most fruitful periods of technological advancement in human history.

In the nearly 41 years following the last Apollo mission, and with the end of the Cold War, the United States' space policy has lacked both consistent focus and funding. But since the deregulation of space flight in the early 1990s and the tremendous wealth generation from the tech bubbles of the early 2000s, conditions have coalesced in the last decade to allow private space companies to emerge and flourish. Led by visionaries, several of these companies have set their sights on Mars. Their motivations and plans differ wildly. It's currently unclear who will be the first to lead humanity to Mars and how they will do so. But with the prospect of one-way trips to Mars, accessibility to space travel to private citizens and even colonization of another planet on the horizon, we are currently entering what may prove to be one of the most interesting eras of space travel since the beginning of the Cold War.

Dreams in Red attempts to capture the zeitgeist of this new push towards Mars, exploring the dreams of the individuals involved. Eccentric multi-millionaires and billionaires determined to colonize Mars. Ordinary people willing to give up everything for the chance at a one-way ticket.

Filmmaker Bio(s)

Having directed both narrative and documentary shorts, Neil Schwartz (director/coproducer/cowriter) strives produce balanced work revealing the shared humanity hiding in unique situations. His last documentary short The Boxing Barber, a vignette-style profile of San Francisco boxing trainer/hairdresser Michael Onello, was featured in the Shadow Box Film Festival in New York City. Neil has also produced and directed commercial/industrial work for organizations all over Northern California.

Before turning his full attention to film, Neil was the founder and executive editor of Pology Magazine, an online magazine focusing on peoples' experiences traveling and living in other cultures. An avid amateur astronomer, Neil can be found on rare, clear San Francisco nights hunting Deep Space Objects in his back yard into the odd hours of the morning.

Film Details
  • Country(ies): US
  • Language(s): English
  • Director(s): Neil Schwartz
  • Producer(s): Neil Schwartz, Wesley Chiu
  • Writer(s): Joe Mascaro, Neil Schwartz
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