Documentary: ‘Overview’ (Watch It Here)

Documentary: ‘Overview’ (Watch It Here)

Dec 07


Watch a larger version of this remarkable movie here.


From Planetary Collective

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On the 40th anniversary of the famous ‘Blue Marble’ photograph taken of Earth from space, Planetary Collective presents a short film documenting astronauts’ life-changing stories of seeing the Earth from the outside — a perspective-altering experience often described as the Overview Effect.

The Overview Effect, first described by author Frank White in 1987, is an experience that transforms astronauts’ perspective of the planet and mankind’s place upon it. Common features of the experience are a feeling of awe for the planet, a profound understanding of the interconnection of all life, and a renewed sense of responsibility for taking care of the environment.

‘Overview’ is a short film that explores this phenomenon through interviews with five astronauts who have experienced the Overview Effect. The film also features insights from commentators and thinkers on the wider implications and importance of this understanding for society, and our relationship to the environment.


• EDGAR MITCHELL – Apollo 14 astronaut and founder of the Institute of Noetic Sciences
• RON GARAN – ISS astronaut and founder of humanitarian organization Fragile Oasis
• NICOLE STOTT – Shuttle and ISS astronaut and member of Fragile Oasis
• JEFF HOFFMAN – Shuttle astronaut and senior lecturer at MIT
• SHANE KIMBROUGH – Shuttle/ISS astronaut and Lieutenant Colonel in the US Army
• FRANK WHITE – space theorist and author of the book ‘The Overview Effect’
• DAVID LOY- philosopher and author
• DAVID BEAVER – philosopher and co-founder of The Overview Institute


Director: GUY REID
Director of Photography: CHRISTOPHER FERSTAD
Original Score: HUMAN SUITS

Technical Information

Filmed with Canon 5D Mk ii.
Additional footage from NASA / ESA archives
Duration: 19 minutes


Planetary Collective:
Overview Microsite:
Human Suits (original score):
For more information:
The Overview Institute:
Fragile Oasis:


1 comment

  1. Joseph Dillard

    The “overview effect” is one name for the ancient attribute of “witnessing,” “mindfulness,” or the cultivation of “objectivity.” It is a primary gift of mystical experiences of all kinds, including NDEs. In truth, any and all experiences are opportunities for the cultivation of this core attribute of the evolution of consciousness. Humans often seize on predominant examples (mystical experiences, Earth from space) instead of focusing on the work of cultivating this competency as a moment-to-moment mindset.

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