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TITLE: Trailer to “SAINT STEPHEN’S DREAM: A Space Opera”

BACKGROUND NOTES: Here is the trailer to “SAINT STEPHEN’S DREAM: A Space Opera.” The rock opera/musical/eco-fable/cli-fi story made its world debut at FestivALL Charleston in June 2011, a citywide cultural fest in the Charleston, W.Va. And then I dropped the ball. Trying to decide whether to pick it up again.

The space opera unfolds the tale of what happens after Earth reaches a tipping point and seems no longer able to support human habitation. Ten thousand ships of all sizes flee into low-earth orbit and beyond, as a dazed humanity struggles to reorganize itself in what comes to be known as Nuova Terra (New Earth). Powerful leaders ordain that a return to the dying Earth is no longer possible. They decrees that all should just lay back and be content.

After all, they have rich, full-immersion web environments. There are endless alternative realities into which people can escape, fleeing from the reality of the warehoused beds and tiny metal capsules where most people now reside on the great space vessels. ‘Who are you going to be today?’ asks the computer each new ‘morning’ in space, as people rove through history, their avatars pursuing the latest characters, happenings and trends.

One of the most powerful leaders, the Doge of Nuova Venezia, has brought to life 16th century Venice as a dominant immersive environment on his great ship, La Serenissima. A merry band of performers, rebels, dreamers and fools, aided by the strange ‘trans-humans’ known as the Shua, oppose this new order.

They willfully ‘unplug’ from the immersive web and gather in a space-borne club called Third Eye Cabaret, where most of the musical takes place. They keep alive the hope of returning to Earth someday, inspired by the 9th century writings of an Irish monk named Brother Stephen, whose ‘dream book’ diaries seem to foretell the planet’s despairing future, with just the slightest hint of possible salvation.

VIDEO: “LILLY’S CLASS: Kids Talk About Climate Change”

BACKGROUND NOTES: This video brings to life the booklet “Lilly’s Class: Kids Talk About Climate Change,” by Eleanor Spohr (copyright 2018). The booklet is sponsored by the Citizens’ Climate Lobby of Charleston WV. It’s available for purchase for classrooms and individuals by e-mailing: ehspohr@mountain.net. For more on the Charleston WV CCL chapter, visit: http://facebook.com/CCLWV/

PRODUCTION NOTES: Pretty simple. I scanned the booklet. Cropped out characters and images. Sequenced it . Nabbed a free soundtrack (from ones given out to subscribers to the wonderful video instruction offered at IzzyVideo. Hauled them all into Final Cut Pro X. The End.