2023, 2K digital video, 2.39:1, 15 minutes, color, stereo
Message from Mars is an animated essay film about humanity’s desire to colonize the planet Mars. The film is narrated by an android who has been stranded on Mars for two hundred Martian years. The android spends its days in the vast underground complex it built to house the human settlers—settlers that never arrived. Alone and unable to contact Earth, the android reviews humanity’s plans to expand to the Red Planet. The short narrative that unfolds uses 3D and 2D animation, found footage, and historical documents to narrate the doomed project of Mars colonization.