October Sky

Released in 1999, Directed by Joe Johnston

Set in a West Virginian coal mining village in 1957, an unlikely group of high schoolers are inspired by the launch of the Sputnik satellite. With an idea and innovative spirit, the team sets the goal of building a rocket. Despite a series of setbacks, tough family circumstances, and naysayers, the team presses on towards their goal. The best part? It’s all true. Homer goes on to a work as a NASA engineer on projects including the Hubble Space Telescope and the International Space Station. This feel‐good story of innovation and a drive for success is nothing short of inspiring.

Joe Johnston

About The Director

Joseph Eggleston" ;Joe" Johnston II (born May 13, 1950) is an American film director and former effects artist best known for such effects-driven movies as Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989), Jumanji (1995) and Jurassic Park III (2001). These movies include a number of period films such as The Rocketeer (1991), The Wolfman (2010), and Captain America: The First Avenger (2011). In 1999 Johnston won acclaim for the biographical drama October Sky.