Woman in Motion - (Festival Opening Night Film)


Victoria Theatre Wed, Jan 29, 2020 8:00 PM
Film Info
Director:Todd Thompson
Film Category:Documentary
African American
Running Time:95 min.


To most of the known universe, Nichelle Nichols is Lieutenant Uhura, the communications officer aboard the Starship Enterprise. On Star Trek she broke barriers as one of the first African Americans to star in a network show and as a participant in television’s first interracial kiss. In reality Nichelle Nichols was a pioneer, a fiercely intelligent and passionate advocate for African Americans, women, and minorities. She worked with the NAACP and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as a role model for young black children and women. Beyond that, Nichelle Nichols is arguably the single most important figure in history for the recruitment of women and minorities to the field of space exploration, specifically the NASA space shuttle program.


In early 1977, Nichols was appointed to the board of directors for the National Space Institute where she defiantly challenged NASA with one idea: “Where are my people?” From that moment on, Nichols and her company Women in Motion crisscrossed the United States recruiting 8,000 men and women to swell the ranks of diversity in the fledgling shuttle program. This incredible film gathers together dozens of interviews with Star Trek cast members (George Takei, Michael Dorn, Walter Koenig), scientists (Neil deGrasse Tyson), entertainers (Pharrell, Vivica A. Fox, Lynn Whitfield), politicians (Maxine Waters, Bill Nelson), and a host of NASA astronauts and administrators.


Woman in Motion is Hidden Figures in documentary form, telling the story of a woman who has dedicated her entire life to boldly going where no man or woman has gone before.



Stick around after the screening for the IndieFest Opening Night Party featuring a Trek-tastic live show by San Francisco's best burlesque HUBBA HUBBA REVUE!

Performances by:

Frankie Fictitious, Miss Exotic World 2019

Jet Noir
Arcadia Kane
Grace Bones
Ophelia Coeur de Noir

Hosted by Captain Kingfish and Lt. Motorboat