When You Dream Upon A Star

: Documentary Feature
GENRE: Documentary
STATUS: Post-Production


A young girl is told to dream upon a star, and instead she built a rocket to fly amongst them.


In this full length documentary, we follow the story of a young girl, Eleni, as she navigates adolescence while pursuing her passion of building rockets. By combining an honest depiction of the timeless coming of age story, with a peek into the competitive, male dominated and intense community of rocketry, this film weaves together a story of what it means to be grow up, to have a goal, and to pursue it.


With an original unique aesthetic this documentary will tell its story through a specific visual landscape. We follow the story through thoughtfully composed cinéma-verité, occasionally juxtaposed by abstract shots of the rocketry. These will be taken by cameras rigged to and strapped inside rockets, creating a rapid motion and differing perspective. By contrasting an intimate and pensive portrayal of Eleni’s world, with the extremes of rocketry and teenage social life, the visual dynamic will support the narrative arch of the film. With a background in photography and visual art, Agnieszka Swierczs'  cohesive vision ties together artistic cinematography and in depth storytelling. 


Agnieszka Swiercz - Director/Producer

Agnes Swiercz is a Polish Documentary filmmaker. She has worked as a director on a variety of Feature and TV productions for major European networks including TVN, Polish National Television, and Polsat. Her last documentary At the Edge of Russia won awards at several International festivals, including the Magic Hour Award Planete at the +Doc Film Festival, and both the Jihlava Silver Eye Award and the Golden Pram Award at the Zagreb Film Festival. It was also nominated for the world's best documentary by Cinema Eye Honors for Nonfiction Filmmaking in New York.

Marcin Kapron - DP/Cinematographer

Marcin Kapron is a NYC based cinematographer. He studied Film and Media Production at the New School University in NYC, and later cinematography at the Polish National Film School (PWSFTViT) in Lodz, Poland. Marcins' body of work includes narrative, documentary, fashion and commercial projects that have brought him all over the world, from medieval castles in Europe, deep into the Amazonian Jungle, to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro. His lens documents the beauty, sadness, and joy in the everyday lives of various cultures.


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