The Story of Sputnik

Ostensibly an educational film about the first artificial satellite, THE STORY OF SPUTNIK quickly derails into a stream-of-consciousness ramble on Russians, the Cold War and Charlton Heston. May actually contain some facts. Definitely contains some little cartoons.

  • John Harden
    La vie d'un chien (The Life of a Dog)
  • John Harden
  • John Harden
  • Sheila Harden
  • Michael Meehan
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
  • Genres:
    Comedy, Mock-doc
  • Runtime:
    6 minutes 15 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 15, 2008
  • Production Budget:
    2,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    HD 1080p video
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Williamstown Film Festival
    Williamstown, MA
    October 25, 2008
    World Premiere
  • Faux Film Festival
    Portland, OR
    April 5, 2009
    Audience Choice Award
  • Cinequest Film Festival
    San Jose, CA
    March 5, 2009
Director Biography - John Harden

John Harden is an award-winning screenwriter and director of film and video.

His film La vie d'un chien (The Life of a Dog) screened at top-tier festivals around the world, including exhibition at NY MOMA as part of the New Directors/New Films series. It garnered numerous awards on the festival circuit, including Best Narrative Short in the 2005 Los Angeles Film Festival.

His screenplay The Sensitivity Program (co-authored with Skot Christopherson) was chosen as Best Feature Screenplay (Science Fiction Category) in the the Austin Film Festival competition, beating out over 700 other scripts in the category.

A filmmaker since age 13, the San Francisco Bay Area native remains fascinated by the power of the moving image to tell stories. His work in film is complemented by a background in visual arts and communication: graphic design, illustration, journalism and marketing.

John also employs his multi-hyphenate skills at Armstrong Creates, a marketing firm with a 30+ year history in Sonoma County, CA.

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Director Statement

The script for THE STORY OF SPUTNIK was dashed off quickly and changed very little between first draft and shooting script. In retrospect, I see that the two main influences in writing it came from my childhood in the 60s and 70s, namely, Cold War paranoia and Monty Python's Flying Circus. I kind of miss both.