Sundance kicks off with film about teen space explorers

Space Camp has a starring role in a new documentary, "The Mars Generation,"

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) - A film about kids going to space camp in Alabama marks the official opening of the Sundance Film Festival.

Many of the 14 Space Camp graduates and stars were on the red carpet at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center in Salt Lake.

‘The Mars Generation’ is just that. The film focuses on the young people who will probably be the first ones to travel to mars.

Many of the kids have been to space camp more than a dozen times.

One of the film’s stars, Alyssa Carson says “You feel like a real live astronaut. And that you’re training and you’re learning all this wonderful information about like the history of space, the future of space. So you’re learning so much beneficial stuff and you’re just having such a fun time doing it and meeting new friends along the way.”

Lieutenant Governor Spencer Cox welcomed the Sundance crowd to Utah.  And he should be smiling. He says the economic impact of Sundance is close to 400 million dollars a year. “It's enormous, it gets bigger every year. And it’s great for the reputation of Utah. We calculate that we get about 66 million dollars in great press just nationwide and worldwide it’s a really big deal.”  

He says Sundance also creates 7,000 jobs in Utah

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