Today, Georgetown Alums Mike Cahill (COL ’01) and Brit Marling (COL ’05), both of whom graduated with degrees in Economics, opened their feature film Another Earth, which gained acclaim months ago when it garnered two prestigious awards at the Sundance Film Festival, in New York and Los Angeles (the film is set for national release sometime in August). The film, the sophomore collaborative effort of the two producers, explores themes of fate and the vastness of the universe in the context of personal tragedy.
The film, which the pair co-wrote, Cahill directed, and Marling stars in, revolves around the relationship between Rhoda (Marling) and John, played by William Mapother, of Lost fame. Rhoda has recently been released from prison, after serving a four-year sentence after a car accident which put John in a coma, and killed his wife and child. Rhoda, the responsible party, was driving not only under the influence of alcohol, but distracted by the shocking sight of a newly visible planet in the sky. Four years later, the planet has become clearly identical to our own Earth.