Inspired by the life and work of Carl Sagan, Star Stuff is a love letter to curiosity, imagination, and science.
The short film traces young Carl's cosmic journey, from a curious child nurtured by supportive parents to becoming a timeless inspiration for generations. Through his lifelong exploration, Carl Sagan bridged the gap between the universe and humanity, infusing it with awe-inspiring vastness and intimate connection.
Others on "Star Stuff: A Story of Carl Sagan": "Charming & inspiring short film." Richard Dawkins, evolutionary biologist and author, Twitter "A beautiful short film." Michael Shermer, science writer and historian of science, Twitter "Sagan had a certain way with words, and this film captures that incredibly well." Jessica Lachenal, The Mary Sue "A lovely short film that will tug at your heartstrings." Tracey Moody, The Friendly Atheist "A marvelous voyage of discovery." Trilby Beresford, Nerdist "A young Carl Sagan comes to vivid life." Jennifer Oullette, Gizmodo "An absolutely beautiful short film." Geeks are Sexy
Short Film Croatian title: Zvjezdana tvar Year: 2015 Runtime: 10m Written & Directed by Ratimir Rakuljic Produced by Monika Rakuljic, Ratimir Rakuljic & Andrej Smoljan Music by Kenley Kristofferson Cast: Isaiah Stannard, Domagoj Culina, Ozren Muic, Lado Skorin, Vedran Butorac, Ivica Gunjaca, Leonarda Obradovic, Visnja Skorin, Tony Salerno, Luka Satara, Ken Spassione Edited by Monika Rakuljic Director of Photography Filip Tot Visual Effects by Ratimir Rakuljic Original song by Doris Teur
Festivals, awards & public screenings: Petrova Gora Star Party; 2015-09-12, Croatia International Children's Art Film Festival; 2015-12-04, Colombia International Short Film Festival Almería en Corto; 2015-12-04, Spain 9180 Shortfest; 2015-12-20, India Children's Film Festival Seattle; 2016-01-24, USA St. Paul Frozen Film Festival; 2016-02-06, USA Youngabout International Film Festival; 2016-03-08, Italy Sljeme Star Party; 2016-03-12, Croatia Sarasota Film Festival; 2016-04-03, USA International Children's Film Festival; 2016-04-09, India Cine Butantan; 2016-05-12, Brazil Shastaland Children's Film Festival; 2016-06-18, USA KINOLUB Film Festival; 2016-06-21, Poland Curtas Vila do Conde; 2016-07-09, Portugal Science Film Festival (Indonesia, Philippines and Thailand); 2016 (exact dates TBA) International Sound & Film Music Festival; 2016-10-23 "Star Stuff" has also been selected for Children's Film Festival Seattle "Best of the Fest" program, which played at the following venues: Coastline Children’s Film Festival (March 11-20, 2016) Bellingham International Children's Film Festival (March 19-27, 2016) ROSE Theatre, Port Townsend, Washington (March 19-20, 2016) Spokane Children's Film Festival (June 3-5, 2016) Clay-Platte Montessori School Children's Film Festival (March 12, 2016) Monterey Art & Film Festival for the Youth (April 28-30, 2016) RINCON International Film Festival, Rincon, Puerto Rico (April 11-17, 2016) The Guild Cinema, Albuquerque, New Mexico (December 17 and 18, 2016) Zoom Family Film Festival, Columbus, Ohio (December 1-4, 2016) Amherst Cinema, Amherst, Massachusetts (December 3, 2016) Seattle Central Library (December 4, 2016)