Eric Hayden discusses recent award win for ‘The Last Push’

Khary Payton as Astronaut Michael Forrest onboard the spacecraft Life One in “The Last Push” Photo: @2012 TMA-1 Productions

By, Heather Maloney

Director Eric Hayden has brought to life an amazing tale of hope and desperation in “The Last Push”. Written and directed by Hayden, the film delves into one’s dream of space exploration while forcing the viewer to ask themselves which choice they would make. Starring Khary PaytonLance Henriksen, Brian Baumgartner and James Madio, this amazing cast delivers a realistic story of fear and space exploration. As winner of ‘Best Narrative Film’ at this year’s Social Medial Film Festival in Las Vegas, positive momentum is continuing to highlight this must see film.

Astronauts Michael Forest and Nathan Miller are sent into space by Moffitt Industries on a 13 year mission to explore Europa. Since life had recently been discovered on Jupiter’s moon, Walter Moffitt financed the mission to study life on the distant moon. Two years into the journey, Nathan Miller is unexpectedly killed in a freak accident and Michael Forest awakes to find that he must spend the next three years alone in a desperate journey home. Can Forest maintain his sanity during his long journey and will he make it home?

Recently Heather Maloney had a chance to discuss the film with Eric Hayden and find out what the future holds. Hayden stated, “Thank you so much for asking me about our recent win at the inaugural Social Media Film Festival in Las Vegas. On behalf of the army of volunteers who fought so hard to complete ‘The Last Push’, we are profoundly honored to receive the Best Narrative award at the first Social Media Film Festival in Las Vegas. The festival was a great success, bringing together a wonderful array of documentaries, shorts and features all dealing with the way humans interact in a world brought together with modern technology. Ross Martin, the festival founder, wanted to include the near future, science fiction aspect of human connection by screening ‘The Last Push’, a story that specifically deals with the reality of solitude and the complicated process of fulfilling the need to connect to our fellow humans while deep in space, traveling from planet to planet and trying to quench the thirst for exploration.

“Our little film has been enjoying a tremendously successful festival run this year. Having participated in the Sci-Fi London Film Festival, as well as the first ever Denver Comic Con! We have won awards for Best Picture and Best Actor at the Independent Feature Showcase in Los Angeles, as well as Best Space Movie and Best Actor at 37th Boston Sci Fi Film Festival. We are proud to add the Best Narrative award from the Social Media Film Festival to that list.

“October is shaping up to be our busiest month yet! On Friday, October 12 we will be screening at the Tri-Cities International Fantastic Film Festival (TCIF3) in Richland, WA, where I will be doing a skype interview after the screening. Then, we will be screening at the Feratum Film Fest in Mexico between October 18-21, and immediately thereafter we will be screening in Israel at the Icon TLV Film Festival, Also we have been invited to screen the film at the Armstrong Air and Space museum in Ohio, and we just received word that we will be screening at the American Independent Film Festival in Beverly Hills, the first week of November! As to when and where ‘The Last Push’ will be available to be seen by everyone… hopefully we will know that answer soon!”

For additional information on “The Last Push” or to view the trailer, please visit the official movie site.


Published by: Heather Maloney

Heather Maloney is an avid Doctor Who and British science fiction fan. She attends the Gallifrey One Convention in Los Angeles annually, and facilitates the Doctor Who Panels for the Starfest Convention in Denver. During her active Doctor Who Fandom, she has met four Doctors, countless companions and numerous Doctor Who actors, writers and directors. Contact Heather at

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