Preview of COSMOS: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY to Screen at White House Student Film Festival
FOX Broadcasting Company (FOX) and National Geographic Channel (NGC) will host a special preview of COSMOS: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY at the White House on Friday, Feb. 28, as part of the first-ever White House Student Film Festival. The festival, which will take place in the East Room at 3:30 PM ET, celebrates the Obama Administration's commitment to using technology in the classroom. As part of the event, President Barack Obama will deliver remarks detailing progress toward his ConnectED goal of connecting 99% of students to next-generation broadband and wireless technology within five years.
More than 100 students, teachers and parents will attend the film festival and preview the first episode of COSMOS: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY, which will be introduced by writer, executive producer and director Ann Druyan. Additionally, renowned astrophysicist and COSMOS: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY host Neil deGrasse Tyson will introduce one of the student short films. Executive producer Mitchell Cannold and executive producer and director Brannon Braga also will be in attendance.
Announced last November, the Film Festival is a video competition for K-12 students to create short films on how technology is used in their classroom, or the role technology will play in education in the future. More than 2,000 videos were submitted, and the finalists have been invited to the White House for the film festival, during which they will have their short films screened.
COSMOS: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY will debut simultaneously across multiple U.S. FOX networks, including FOX, National Geographic Channel, FX, FXX, FXM, Fox Sports 1, Fox Sports 2, Nat Geo Wild, Nat Geo Mundo and FOX Life on Sunday, March 9 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). This first multi-network launch event for FOX Networks Group, along with the series debut on FOX International Channels and National Geographic Channels International, will make COSMOS: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY available on 220 channels in 181 countries, with an overall footprint of more than half a billion homes.
After the cross-network premiere event, COSMOS: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY will continue its epic 13-episode run, airing Sundays (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX, and Mondays - with all-new bonus footage and behind-the-scenes content - on the National Geographic Channel (NGC) (10:00-11:00 PM ET/PT).
More than three decades after the debut of "Cosmos: A Personal Voyage," Carl Sagan's stunning and iconic exploration of the universe as revealed by science, Seth MacFarlane has teamed with Sagan's original creative collaborators - writer/executive producer Ann Druyan and co-writer, astronomer Steven Soter - to conceive the 13-part series that will serve as a successor to the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning original series.