Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Lauded in Space

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Lauded in Space

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Renee Sotile was a teenager when, on the television in her parents' house, she watched the space shuttle Challenger explode in the skies over Florida. She was devastated, not least by the death of Christa McAuliffe, the bright-eyed woman from New Hampshire who was to be the first teacher in space, As the years went on, Sotile thought of McAuliffe often. Even as she read accounts of McAuliffe's life, Sotile says, "I always felt that something was missing. I still didn't really get a vibe for the woman she was." Sotile and her girlfriend, Mary Jo Godges, have set the record straight with their moving new portrait. Christa McAuliffe: Reach for the Stars. This 75-minute documentary was released on DVD on January 28, the 20th anniversary of the Challenger disaster, and features interviews with McAuliffe's family, friends, and colleagues as well as NASA personnel. Susan Sarandon narrates the film, and Carly Simon composed a song, You're Where I Go," for its soundtrack.

Ten years ago Sotile was working at CNN and Godges at a local radio station when they began making short films together, most of them gay-themed and funny as hell. …

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