Opens Mar 22, 2019
Fifty years ago, more than a million spectators gathered to watch the launch of the first manned trip to the moon. It was less than a decade after President Kennedy declared that the U.S. would be "landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the Earth." Director/editor Todd Douglas Miller's film spectacularly stages Apollo 11's launch, peers intimately over the shoulders of the engineers in NASA's Houston control room, and hurtles through space before relaying Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin's historic first steps on the moon. Each tactical maneuver and video transmission is breathless proof of collective action by a united nation. Assembled wholly from 70mm footage filmed during the mission, this time capsule immortalizes the Apollo 11 mission as a heart-pounding thriller.
"It's magnificent and unique, an adrenaline shot of wonder and skill." (Matt Zoller Seitz, RogerEbert.com)
An official selection of the 2019 True/False Film Fest!