I’ve mentioned this before, but I’ve been a space geek from the very beginning. My earliest childhood memories are watching my father’s old Apollo films from his days as a small part of the race to the moon in the 1960s. Based on his short film, Space Rocks!, Damien Donnelly is a space geek just like me. And based on the writer/director’s film, he’s clearly a rock geek.
“…a video essay about rock music’s place in outer space…”
Running at just over six minutes, Space Rocks! is a video essay about rock music’s place in outer space, particularly on various missions and the International Space Station. NASA uses music to wake up its crew in the “morning.” Everyone in space and ground control is locked in together on the science of the mission. Music becomes the creative element that connects the team as well as synchronizing the artsy side of the brain.
Space Rocks! really only presents the tip of the iceberg on the subject and is fairly low-budget in its approach featuring news clips mixed in with music and some decent animation. It never goes deep into the subject and left me wanting more, but what it has going for it is its length. At six minutes, Donnelly’s short is a fun watch that never overstays its welcome.
"…a fun watch that never overstays its welcome."