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Courtesy of First Run Features

Law Building, Lower Level
1001 Bissonnet
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Directed by Mike Woolf



83 minutes


Firmly ensconced in the geeky pantheon of computer legends since high school, Richard Garriott can afford to pursue his dreams—even the wildly improbable ones like following in the footsteps of his astronaut father, Owen K. Garriott. If NASA refuses to consider you because of bad vision, pioneer your own private space industry and buy a $30 million seat on a Russian Soyuz! Funny and invigorating, Man on a Mission tags along with Richard on his years-long quest to be the second Garriott in space. And maybe come back.

Q&A with Brady Dial, producer of Man on a Mission 

Brady Dial has been developing and producing film projects in Austin—and beyond—since 2001. His most recent release is Ride Around the World, a film for IMAX® and other giant-screen theaters. He led crews from Texas to six foreign countries to reveal the exciting global history of the cowboy. He has developed projects for Discovery, the BBC and PBS, producing Making the Modern, a documentary on Japanese architect Tadao Ando’s construction of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and Recapturing Cuba, a biographical exploration of the art scene in Havana, Cuba.

Community partners: Southwest Alternate Media Project; Austin Film Society; Houston Film Critics Society


The MFAH film department is supported by Tenaris; The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; The Consulate General of the Republic of Korea; Nina and Michael Zilkha; the National Film Preservation Foundation; Franci and Jim Crane; James V. Derrick; and Lynn S. Wyatt.