Rocketman - Mad Mike’s Mission to Prove the Flat-Earth is a documentary about an aging daredevil named ‘Mad Mike’ Hughes. Hughes decides to launch himself in a homemade rocket on a mad mission to prove the Earth is flat in this hilarious documentary that chronicles his journey to lift off.
It all started when…
Director/Producer Toby Brusseau was searching the web and came across an article about a flat-Earther who was launching himself in a homemade rocket to prove the Earth was flat. It gave him a chance to produce something similar to one of his favorite Chris Smith documentaries, American Movie. He made some calls, partnered with long-time collaborator Michael Linn, and one month later they were filming ‘Mad Mike’ Hughes and friends in the California Desert.
Is a multifaceted director, producer, and storyteller. He works in marketing, producing stories for various clients and produced the Pine Ridge Native thriller, "Imprint," which had its world premiere at the SXSW Film Festival. "Rocketman" is his first documentary feature.
Is known for his feature film directorial work, including “Until Forever,” his 3rd feature film. He directed “Imprint”, a supernatural thriller which won Best Picture at the American Indian Film Festival in San Francisco. “Rocketman” is his second documentary feature after directing ”Inside Hubble’s Final Mission” for National Geographic.
Around the world, many have heard the story of a guy about to launch himself in a homemade rocket to prove the Earth is flat. Some took him seriously, but mostly, the world laughed, ourselves included. However, we felt there was a deeper story behind Michael “Mad Mike” Hughes, and we wanted to tell it from a place of understanding. How could anyone truly believe something like the flat-Earth theory when the Earth is obviously round?
Mad Mike is representative of a schism within the US: those who trust in science, and those who don’t. He follows the Zetetic Method of research and trusts nothing other than his own experiments and observations, as, in his mind, all other evidence has been tainted by conspiracy. Set in the beauty of the stark California desert, the underdog story of Mad Mike and his crew of misfits inspired us to engage in a more civil discourse, in the hopes of better challenging those who think differently than us.
Enjoy the ride,
— Toby and Michael
THE FLAT EARTH THEORY
Members of the Flat Earth Society and other flat-Earthers claim that NASA and other government agencies conspire to delude the public into believing the Earth is spherical. According to the most widely spread version of current flat Earth theory, NASA is guarding the Antarctic ice wall that surrounds Earth.
Flat-Earthers argue that NASA photoshops its satellite images, based on observations that the color of the oceans changes from image to image and that continents seem to be in different places. The publicly perpetuated image is kept up through a large-scale practice of "compartmentalization", according to which only a select number of individuals have knowledge about the truth.
The flat-Earth model is an archaic conception of Earth's shape as a plane or disk and in this particular map, held up by angels on each corner. Many ancient cultures subscribed to a flat-Earth cosmography, including Greece until the classical period.
The idea of a spherical Earth appeared in Greek philosophy until Aristotle provided evidence for the spherical shape of the Earth on empirical grounds by around 330 BC. Knowledge of the spherical Earth gradually began to spread beyond Greece from then on.
Despite the scientific fact of Earth's sphericity, pseudoscientific flat-Earth conspiracy theories are espoused by modern flat Earth societies and, increasingly, by unaffiliated individuals using social media.