Nestled in Big Bear, California, is the largest assemblage of planetarium projectors…well, anywhere. Owen Phairis is the owner, director, and curator of the Planetarium Projector and Science Museum, a vast collection of retired machines housed in a re-purposed military parachute. A jack-of-all-trades, Phairis first developed a passion for star projectors while visiting the Hayden Planetarium in New York City as a young boy.
In this documentary, director Greg Mitnick and producer Gregory Stefano, in collaboration with Cool Hunting, capture more than just one man’s hobby. For Phairis, it is a civic duty. He rescues the optical treasures from defunct schools and museums to “preserve them for future generations.” Phairis hopes to obtain at least one of every model before they are discarded. His favorite relics date back to the 1950s and ‘60s and originally cost over $150,000.
Also, that sweater is perfect.
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