​​​​​​Traipsing Thru Films: Two-Time Emmy Winner Renee Sotile & Mj Godges

Contact: TraipsingThruFilms@gmail.com

Two-time Emmy Award winner Renee Sotile & Mary Jo Godges are featured in the books;
- The Complete Filmmakers Guide to Film Festivals
- Wheels Stop: The End of the Space Shuttle Era, 1986-2011


Their first feature documentary, Christa McAuliffe: Reach for the Stars was broadcast on CNN over 20 times and continues to be used as a learning tool in schools across the country, and locally at the California Science Center.


They serve on panels, juries, and as consultants for films and Teacher in Space, Christa McAuliffe.


Renee and Mj are film directors, content creators for social media, members of the media covering star studded events all over Southern California, and activist citizens who volunteer their time, effort and expertise​​ to create change, making a difference through art.


All Films are in streaming distribution:


Award Winning Short Films on Traipsing Thru Films Youtube Channel.

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Christa McAuliffe: Reach for the Stars

In 1986, space shuttle Challenger exploded, traumatizing the nation and taking the lives of the seven-member NASA crew. Among them was Christa McAuliffe, the first Teacher in Space. Reach for the Stars is her story. Christa McAuliffe was a courageous woman and passionate teacher whose lifelong commitment to education was so great that she gave her life for it. In this film, for the first time McAuliffe's family speaks out about the impact of her death, revealing the deep private loss behind the public tragedy and how it drastically altered their lives. Previously unseen footage and candid NASA interviews surround the events that tore a family apart and brought a nation to tears.  


  "It is a portrait of a dynamic woman whose enthusiasm for learning and life-was infectious…"  -- The Associated Press 

“A compelling and honest account of Challenger 51L’s “Teacher in Space” mission.” -- Buzz Aldrin 

“A riveting and unusually moving story, told from the inside." -- Ken Burns 

"An outstanding tribute to an extraordinary woman, this is highly recommended. Editor’s Choice." -- Video Librarian "

...Moving documentary and tribute...touching profile...serves to motivate and inspire." -- Booklist "...celebrates the extraordinary life of the first teacher in space anther legacy. Recommended for all collections." -- Library Journal 

"...poignant and inspiring documentary…" -- School Library Journal 

"An insightful, inspiring true-life saga, constructed with heart and skill." -- Democrat and Chronicle

 "This film should be in all libraries and schools."  -- The Independent Magazine 

"A Masterpiece!" -- Gilda DiPrima (Renee's Aunt)

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ASTRONAUT PAM: COUNTDOWN TO COMMANDER

Ride along with Commander Pam Melroy and her crew aboard Space Shuttle Discovery on an exciting journey to the International Space Station. 

"Being an astronaut is totally cool. It's the coolest job in or out of the world.” -- Pam Melroy 

"Promises to inspire teens to explore careers in this exciting field." -- Booklist 

"Fast paced, fascinating and delightful film..." -- Democrat and Chronicle

 Featuring: STS-120 Crew- ISS Crew-Commander Peggy Whitson, Clay Anderson,  and Yuri Malenchenko. 

SAMUEL GOLDWASSER Film as seen on Jewish Life TV (JLTV)

 “Goldwasser offers a sentimental recollection of the many stops along his journey to hell and back...” Recommended! -- Video Librarian

 “Horrifying and sad in its inevitability, this documentary mostly impresses us with Goldwasser’s quiet dignity. A strong choice for history buffs and Holocaust collections.” Library Journal