BLACK SUN follows two astrophysicists as they conduct studies of the Sun’s corona during the two 2012 solar eclipses: Dr. Alphonse Sterling of NASA Marshall Space Flight Center—stationed in Japan, a man who had early success in the US, but left his home country to further cultivate his wide-ranging interests; Dr. Hakeem Oluseyi of the Physics & Space Sciences department at the Florida Institute of Technology—a scientist who beat the odds of poverty, homelessness, single-parent, poor early education, to get where he is today.

Shot in a fast-paced yet informative style, BLACK SUN explores how and why the two men became astrophysicists, their opposing paths and personalities, their struggles as minorities in a STEM field, and their noteworthy accomplishments. The film will expose the viewer up close and personal to the emotional experience eclipse "chasers"--and scientists--get from observing solar eclipses in exotic locations (Japan and Australia).

BLACK SUN is a fiscally sponsored project of the Austin Film Society. You can make a donation to this project using the form below. You will receive a letter acknowledging your gift to the Austin Film Society on behalf on the project. Since AFS is a non-profit organization, your donation may be deducted from your taxes as a charitable contribution under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service code.

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