silver lei

The Story
The film tells the story of Mrs. Benson, a senior citizen former astronaut candidate for the Apollo 11 mission, who has an obsession: to visit the new Planetarium that just opened 0.53 miles from her boat house.

The film will reveal that Mrs. Benson failed to become an astronaut in the 60's because her medical exam, doctors told her that her heart was too weak to go to the moon (but they told all the women that). Now in the late stage of her life, Mrs. Benson once dream of landing on the moon has been replaced with a new one - walking to the planetarium. To reach her goal, Mrs. Benson will enter a world of Fantazy ...

short film corner
Trip to the Planetarium Reloaded will be presented at the Short Film Corner
Trip to the Planetarium Reloaded is a 15 mn short version of Trip to the Planetarium.

When I first viewed this film, I felt as I was walking side by side with Fellini, Dali, and Walt Disney through the Land of Oz, I was fascinated and intrigued form the beginning to the end! 
Alvaro, renown illustrator

I finally had a chance to see your short masterwork. It's the most gently outre, whimsically avant, charmingly abrasive film I've seen in years, ant it shoots an arrow straight into my own heart - such a freaking delight, and a breath of fresh air.... Keep it up, keep producting, have an amazing time in Cannes, and keep me abreast of your progress. Brian Felsen, CD Baby President

on the script "It's emotionally moving, poignant and humorous. Your imaginative use of the moving image to advance the story rather than gratuitous use of words, is most exciting"   Roy Thinnes, Actor  
The Trailer

I was enchanted by this short film. Being of the Apollo generation, so to speak, I was both inspired by hearing the words of President JF Kennedy on the yearning of human exploration and touched by the desire of the woman to reach the planetarium to achieve her dream. The film makes a beautiful statement on the importance of holding onto a dream in your life and what that means for each of us. The birds we encounter along the way are wonderful magical animated creatures that made me laugh - like I would if I was a little child again .. This film is a real New York fairy tale that will touch you in many way! Ed Belbruno, Top 10 influential space thinkers.

Trip to the Planetarium est unique, il nous transporte dans un univers merveilleux avec des moments cocasses de la vie de tous les jours ... Genial ! Severine Peres,

Festivals & Awards
May, Cannes Film Festival at the Short Film Corner (France)
May, Delray Beach Film Festival (Floria)
March, Honolulu International Film Festival (Hawaii)
   received the Silver Lei Award for Excellence in Filmmaking
December, Festival du Cinema de Paris (France)
November, Radar Hamburg Film Festival (Germany)
Aug, Chinh India Kids Film Festival (India)
July, Beijing International Film Festival, Greening the Beige(China)
June received the Bronze Telly Award for Use of Animation
buzz aldrin
July 1969
buzz aldrin and stephanie batailler
buzz aldrin  
Astronaut Buzz Aldrin & Stephanie Batailler
Buzz in the moon scene
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Past Films

  between 2 worlds
This was my student film 16 MM
The Story
The film tells the story of the Secret of Happiness :
Hear no Evil, Speak no Evil , See no Evil

Festivals & Awards
Dec, NY State Emerging Filmmakers Series (Rochester)
July, Festival de Cine Internacional Iquique (Argentina)
May, New School University Festival (NYC)
   received the School Award for Excellence in Experiental Film
March, The $100 Film Festival of Calgary (Canada)
Dec, The Independent Film Group (NYC)
Nov, GlobalFest, San Bernardino (California)
   got Nomination for the Female Director Award
Oct, CMJ Film Festival (NYC)

Films in development
by Stephanie Batailler
feature lenght HD Live & Animation film

A cheering comedy & a New York Fairy Tale
for the entire family
pop up
looking for producers

The Story
The film takes place in Harlem, New York where residents of an old community Theater/Cabaret are putting their strength together in order to save the theater from
getting into the hands of a tycoon.

Scrennplay contests
Oct, Writer's Network Screenplay & Fiction Competition (Quarter finalist)
Sept, International writing contest (Semi-Finalist)

a croos between
Fame / Amelie Poulain / The Mighty

Actors wishing list
Gael Garcia Bernal as Philip
Audre Tautou as Josephine
Danny Glover as Mr. Bloch
Leonard Nimoy as Captain of the Firemen
Samuel Lee Jackson as the Reverend
Matt Dilon as Giorgio
Rinko Kikuchi as Kinou
Andre Royo as Christopher
Felicty Huffman as Senator Benson
Danny deVito as Mr. Klein
Jaden Smith as Jack as a boy
John Turturro as Jack's father
as themselves:
Whoopi Goldberg
Savion Glover
Naked Boy
Alexander, blind dog
Animated Characters
Cupid Angel
Cardinal (bird)
Pigeons ...........


The film is a POP UP BOOK that comes to Live Action
combining Live with Animation
The interraction of a multiethnic cast of live characters, a penniless Countess from East Europe, a French Filmmaker, a lonely biracial Mime, a Japanese Opera Singer, a ghost, a blind dog ... with animated characters such as a cupid a training, a caterpillar in search for peace .... find their way into this enchanting tale for the child within about faith and human heart.

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