Some great documentary news has emerged during the First Contact Day events. Woman in Motion: Nichelle Nichols, Star Trek and the Remaking of NASA will have its streaming debut on Paramount+, home of the Star Trek Universe.
Woman in Motion coming to Paramount+
Paramount+ today announced the feature-length documentary Woman in Motion will be able to stream exclusively on Paramount+ starting Thursday, June 3. Woman in Motion tells the inspiring true story of how Star Trek’s Nichelle Nichols worked with NASA to recruit people of color and women into the program starting in the 1970s. The doc got a very favorable review here at TrekMovie ahead of its February release in theaters and on video on demand.
The news was revealed by Mica Burton, moderator of the “Women In Motion” panel, during today’s virtual global First Contact Day celebration. A new trailer for Woman in Motion was also shown during the panel.
Directed by Todd Thompson (The Highwaymen, PRE FAB!), Woman in Motion 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. Nichols 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.
First Contact Day continues…
There is much more to come on this big First Contact Day, with more announcements expected. So stay tuned to TrekMovie for our full First Contact Day coverage.
The free First Contact Day virtual panels will be available to view on-demand on Paramount+’s YouTube Channel and on Paramount+ in the U.S., following their initial airing on StarTrek.com/FirstContact today from 12:00-2:45 PM, PT/3:00-5:45 PM, ET.