The Ilan Ramon Scholarship Project Announces the Release of the Shimon Peres Short Film "POET TO THE STARS"

WASHINGTON, April 17, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Ilan Ramon Scholarship Project is proud to release this short film, Shimon Peres, “Poet to the Stars,” on the 70th anniversary of the founding of the state of Israel.  The film contains footage of the never-before-seen interview with Shimon Peres.

Michael Potter, the executive producer, explained the genesis of the film. “We originally interviewed Shimon Peres in connection with the award-winning documentary film, “The University.” The documentary team realized that his words were so impactful and inspiring that the team felt the footage had to be shared as a dedicated short film.”

Shimon Peres has always been a champion of technology and science as positive forces for societal change. Peres famously mused,  “I did not dream of becoming president of Israel.  My dream as a boy was to be a shepherd or a poet to the stars." His timeless message of the use of technology, science and innovation as tools for changing the world is reflected in these interviews.

According to Avi Jorisch, author of Thou Shalt Innovate, "This film captures the heart and soul of the Jewish people and seems to suggest a much deeper and more profound inspiration that sparks innovation."

About The Ilan Ramon Scholarship Project

The Ilan Ramon Scholarship has been established to honor the memory of the first Israeli astronaut, Ilan Ramon, who died while courageously exploring the final frontier of space.

The Project provides scholarship funding for Israeli citizens to attend the Summer Space Studies Program at the International Space University.

The purpose of the scholarship is to attract talented young Israeli students with backgrounds in technology, science, medicine and other space activities to allow them to continue their pursuit of knowledge on the international stage with academic and scientific colleagues from many different countries.

About “The University”

The award-winning feature documentary film, "The University" was winner of the Best Documentary Film, at The Raw Science Film Festival, in Los Angeles.

On a NASA research base in Silicon Valley, there's an organization that's changing the world ... Singularity University (SU). SU brings together some of the smartest students from around the world, and gives them a crash course in the most powerful exponential technologies on the planet. The students are then given a challenge: create companies that will impact a billion people within ten years.

The film features such luminaries as Stephen Hawking, Buzz Aldrin, Ashton Kutcher, Will.i.Am, Michio Kaku and others. 

About the Peres Center

The Peres Center is Israel’s leading non-profit, non-political, non-governmental organization focused on developing and implementing unique and cutting-edge peacebuilding programs in Innovation, Peace Education, Medicine, Business and Environment, reaching tens of thousands of participants over the last 20 years. Founded in 1996 by the late Ninth President of Israel and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Shimon Peres, the Peres Center for Peace and Innovation aims to realize his vision for a prosperous Israel within a peaceful Middle East.  Later this year  the Israel Innovation Center - Israel's first innovation destination of its kind - will be officially opened. The Innovation Center  will be an interactive science and technology center located in Tel Aviv-Jaffa. The Center will showcase how Israel has become ranked one of the most innovative countries in the world and will promote Israeli innovation.


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