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Presenter: Zachary Weil

Raised in Florida during the Space Shuttle era, Zachary Weil feels a deep connection to spaceflight and its history. As founder and operator of Contact Light Films, his mission is to share stories that inspire and motivate younger generations toward positions of public service and leadership. His resume includes hundreds of short-form programs highlighting the philanthropic efforts of Fortune 500 companies like Toyota and Target, to campaigns for nationally recognized non-profits like the 20MM Foundation and the Hispanic Scholarship Fund. In 2019, Weil’s first feature-length documentary, “When We Were Apollo,” premiered at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama before receiving a national broadcast on PBS member stations. In December 2020, the film won an Emmy in the historical documentary category from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Suncoast chapter. Weil lives with his wife, Mary, and their dog, Hobbes, in Bangor, Maine.

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