The inspiring true story of how renowned Star Trek actress Nichelle Nichols pioneered the NASA recruiting program to hire people of color and the first female astronauts for the space agency in the late 1970s and 1980s, Woman in Motion: Nichelle Nichols, Star Trek and the Remaking of NASA will come to home theaters on digital and on demand everywhere on February 16, 2021. Fans who preorder from Apple will also have access to exclusive bonus features, including an extended “The Story Behind the Story” featurette, deleted scenes, teasers and trailers.
Fans can also see it in movie theaters today, Feb. 4, or on Sat., Feb. 6. Information on participating cinemas & tickets are available now at https://www.fathomevents.com/events/Woman-in-Motion
Check out a clip of Nichelle Nichols as she recalls meeting a very special ‘Star Trek’ fan – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In the clip, Martin Luther King III reminisces on how he watched Star Trek with his father.
Directed by Todd Thompson (The Highwaymen, PRE FAB!), the film chronicles how Nichols transformed her sci-fi television stardom into a real-life science career when, in 1977, she embarked on a campaign to bring diversity to NASA. Nichols formed the company Women In Motion, Inc. and recruited more than 8,000 African American, Asian and Latino women and men for the agency. Nichelle and her program continue to influence the younger generation of astronauts as well, including Mae Jemison, the first female African American astronaut in space. Despite an uphill battle against a bureaucracy that was hesitant to let her get involved, Nichols persevered and is credited by NASA for turning it into one of the most diverse independent agencies in the United States Federal Government.
In addition to Nichols, Woman In Motion features notable celebrities, activists, scientists and astronauts including Neil deGrasse Tyson, George Takei, Pharrell Williams, Martin Luther King III, Al Sharpton, Vivica A. Fox, Walter Koenig, Rod Roddenberry, Michael Dorn, Guy Bluford, Charles Bolden, Ivor Dawson, Frederik Gregory and Benjamin Crump.
Bonus Features, exclusive to Apple release:
· “The Story Behind the Story” featurette
· Deleted Scene: Everyone Loves Nichelle
· Deleted Scene: The Art of the Science
· Deleted Scene: Hailing Frequencies Closed
· Original Teaser
· Concourse Teaser
· Theatrical Trailer