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Film Review: ‘Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo’

Film Review: ‘Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo’
Scheduled to blast off April 14 into theatrical and digital orbits, “Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo” likely will be referred to by some wags as “Not-So-Hidden Figures,” given its focus on the mostly white and entirely male teams of mission controllers and support crews that were frequently visible (on TV and in newsreels) yet largely anonymous during the early days of the U.S. manned-spaceflight program. But the recent box office success of director Theodore Melfi’s compelling drama about contributions by African-American women to the space program may boost mainstream interest in this celebratory documentary, which enthralls with a more traditional but equally absorbing stories-behind-the-story narrative.

The film is a worthy follow-up by producers Keith Haviland and Gareth Dodds to “The Last Man on the Moon,” their exceptional 2014 biographical portrait of Gene Cernan, who flew three times in space and twice to the moon during his
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Film Acquisition Rundown: Neon Picks Up Errol Morris’ ‘The B-Side,’ FilmRise Gets Two Sundance Premieres and More

Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that’s been picked up around the globe. Check out last week’s Rundown here.

Neon, the recently launched distribution company founded by Tom Quinn and Tim League, will release Oscar winning director Errol Morris’ “The B-Side,” a heartfelt portrait of photographer, Elsa Dorfman. The film premiered at the Telluride Film Festival in 2016 followed by a prestigious festival run, screening at the Toronto International Film Festival, New York Film Festival, BFI London Film Festival and the International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam (Idfa).

The film is slated to open theatrically on June 2.

Gravitas Ventures has secured worldwide rights to “Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo,” the compelling untold story about an extraordinary team.

The story is told told “with unprecedented access to archival footage and stories from the men who lived it, including the creator of Mission Control,
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SXSW: ‘Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo’ Bought by Gravitas

SXSW: ‘Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo’ Bought by Gravitas
Gravitas Ventures has acquired worldwide rights from Haviland Digital to the documentary “Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo” ahead of its world premiere at the South by Southwest Film Festival.

Gravitas is planning an April 14 day-and-date release in theaters across the U.S. and VOD.

The film includes archival footage and stories from the creator of Mission Control, Dr. Chris Kraft, retired Nasa Flight Directors Gene Kranz (portrayed by Ed Harris in “Apollo 13”), Glynn Lunney and Gerry Griffin. Also appearing are Flight Dynamics Officer Jerry Bostick, Flight Controller John Aaron, astronaut Captain James Lovell (played by Tom Hanks in “Apollo 13”), and moonwalkers Charlie Duke and the late Captain Gene Cernan.

“Mission Control” explores the faltering start of the program to the Mercury and Gemini missions, the tragic Apollo 1 fire and the Moon landings.

“Mission Control” was directed by David Fairhead and produced by Keith Haviland and Gareth Dodds.
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'Last Man on the Moon,' Astronaut Eugene Cernan, Passes Away

Astronaut Eugene Cernan, the last man to walk on the moon, has passed away, per Nasa. He was 83. Cernan was selected to be an astronaut in 1963. He piloted his first orbital flight in 1966 and flew to the moon twice, first on a test mission on Apollo 10 in 1969 and then as commander of the last human mission in 1972. He retired from the Navy after 20 years of service in 1976, ending his Nasa career. He went into private business and also served as a television commentator. He was the subject of the documentary The Last Man on the Moon, directed by Mark Craig. In his review, Christopher Campbell commented on the portion of the movie that covers the Apollo 10 mission, describing it as "a tribute to all the unsung and less-noted people who humbly support the deeds of the...

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The Last Man On The Moon, Capt. Gene Cernan, Dies (1934-2017)

“We leave as we came, and, God willing, we shall return, with peace and hope for all mankind.” — Cernan’s closing words on leaving the moon at the end of Apollo 17.

Apollo 17 Astronaut Gene Cernan, the last man to walk on the moon, died Monday, Jan. 16. (1934-2017)

“Cernan, a Captain in the U.S. Navy, left his mark on the history of exploration by flying three times in space, twice to the moon. He also holds the distinction of being the second American to walk in space and the last human to leave his footprints on the lunar surface.” – Nasa

We interviewed Captain Cernan for the documentary The Last Man On The Moon. This is the story of one of the very few men who went to the moon not only once, but twice. He first went to the moon on the Apollo 10 mission. It was the dress rehearsal for
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Eugene Cernan, Astronaut Who Carved Daughter’s Initials on the Moon, Dead at 82

Eugene Cernan, Astronaut Who Carved Daughter’s Initials on the Moon, Dead at 82
Eugene Cernan, whose tribute to his daughter in the most recent moonwalk has ingrained him in pop culture, died Monday, according to NASA. He was 82. Cernan was profiled in the 2014 documentary The Last Man on the Moon.

Cernan was the commander of Apollo 17 in 1972 and the last crew member to re-enter the lunar module. Just before the module was set to leave, Cernan dropped to one knee and etched his daughter’s initials, “TDC,” on the moon’s surface.

Because the moon has no wind or atmosphere, it will likely remain there forever. The story became immortalized in a hit a song by No More Kings,
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The Last Man on the Moon review – the Us space programme as a giant rodeo

Mark Craig’s documentary on astronaut Eugene Cernan aims to capture the pioneer spirit of the early Apollo missions and gets lost in cowboy romance

Related: The last man on the moon on crash-landings, losing his wife and watching an 'Earth-rise'

The rodeo spirit of American endeavour is still bucking, even if Nasa lacks it; so says director Mark Craig in his documentary about astronaut Eugene Cernan. A pilot on Apollos 10 and 17, Cernan became the last person to set foot on the lunar surface in 1972. Craig introduces us to him at a steer-wrestling show, then leaves us to draw the parallel: that it was the red, white and blue-fuelled pluck of cowboys like Cernan that took the Us to the stars. Craig’s film deals with the fallout of the era – and how the returning heroes kept their feet on the ground – but he can’t help but get swept
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Film Review: The Last Man on the Moon

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★★★☆☆ Not too many men can sit by a campfire at night, look up at the moon and know that they once bounded across its chalky grey surface. Gene Cernan is one of only twelve lucky souls to have done so, leaving the final human footprints of the Apollo missions in its lunar dust. The Last Man on the Moon shines a light on a charismatic, courageous - some might say foolhardy - thrill seeker and spaceman whose contribution to exploring the great yonder is on a par with any of his pioneering band of brothers, including a famous colleague who once took a giant leap for mankind.
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Review: The Last Man On The Moon

This is the Pure Movies review of The Last Man On The Moon. Former Nasa astronaut and Navy Captain Gene Cernan became the last man to walk on the moon in December 1972. Featuring rare footage of the last moonwalk, and interviews with former astronauts, including Apollo 13 commander Jim Lovell, the documentary shares Cernan’s personal story of fulfilment, love and loss. The Last Man on the Moon charts Eugene “Gene” Cernan’s incredible career from a Top Gun Naval pilot, to an early Nasa astronaut and the last of the 12 men to ever set foot on the moon. Director Mark Craig (Talk To Me, The Flying Scot) takes us on an intimate journey, encapsulating the pioneering-spirit and at times brutality of early space travel.
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Astronaut Eugene Cernan stars in documentary The Last Man on the Moon – video trailer

The Last Man on the Moon is a documentary that tells Eugene Cernan’s story. He was selected as commander of Apollo 17, which carried out the most recent moon landing in December 1972. It was on this voyage that Cernan, the final astronaut to reboard the lunar module, became the 12th – and last – man to walk on the moon

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The last man on the moon on crash-landings, losing his wife and watching an 'Earth-rise'

Propelled by rocket fuel, ego and tunnel vision, Eugene Cernan was the last man to walk on the moon. Now a new film tells his amazing story, from the crash that charred his helmet to the ‘spacewalk from hell’

Eugene Cernan has felt the white heat of re-entry three times. “The landing,” says the astronaut, understandably animated by the memory, “is like being immersed in a sheet of fire, a comet, a shooting star.” Cernan, alongside crewmates Thomas Stafford and John Young, has also travelled faster than any human being in history: Apollo 10 at one point reached 24,791mph, earning it a mention in the Guinness Book of Records.

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The last man on the moon on crash-landings, losing his wife and watching an 'Earth-rise'

Propelled by rocket fuel, ego and tunnel vision, Eugene Cernan was the last man to walk on the moon. Now a new film tells his amazing story, from the crash that charred his helmet to the ‘spacewalk from hell’

Eugene Cernan has felt the white heat of re-entry three times. “The landing,” says the astronaut, understandably animated by the memory, “is like being immersed in a sheet of fire, a comet, a shooting star.” Cernan, alongside crewmates Thomas Stafford and John Young, has also travelled faster than any human being in history: Apollo 10 at one point reached 24,791mph, earning it a mention in the Guinness Book of Records.

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Apollo 17 Commander Capt. Gene Cernan Discusses Being The Last Man On The Moon

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Georges MélièsA Trip To The Moon, Apollo 13, The Right Stuff, HBO’s “From The Earth To The Moon.” Since the birth of cinema, audiences have been preoccupied with trips to our closest celestial body. Hollywood and Nasa merge once again – this time to tell the story of Captain Gene Cernan in the documentary The Last Man On The Moon.

This is the story of one of the very few men who went to the moon not only once, but twice. He first went to the moon on the Apollo 10 mission. It was the dress rehearsal for Neil Armstrong’s Apollo 11 landing on the Moon. His next flight was Apollo 17, the last time men would go to the moon. Riding aboard a Saturn V rocket, the largest and most powerful and impressive rocket that ever successfully flew, he was on man’s last mission to explore earth’s closest neighbor.
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The Last Man on The Moon (Seriously!) Critiques The Martian - and Discusses a New Documentary Based on His Life

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The Last Man on The Moon (Seriously!) Critiques The Martian - and Discusses a New Documentary Based on His Life
When it comes to sci-fi movies, Gene Cernan, 81, isn't a big fan. After all, the guy hasn't even gotten around to watching Stanley Kubrick's 1968 classic 2001: A Space Odyssey. And yet, he admits that he "loved" The Martian, especially the scene where Best Actor nominee Matt Damon's character staves off disaster by his ingenious use of duct tape. Then again, it's probably no wonder Cernan got a kick out of Ridley Scott's space epic - especially since he once used duct tape to repair a busted fender on the lunar rover during his last voyage to the moon in 1972. "Duct tape,
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The Last Man on The Moon (Seriously!) Critiques The Martian - and Discusses a New Documentary Based on His Life

  • PEOPLE.com
The Last Man on The Moon (Seriously!) Critiques The Martian - and Discusses a New Documentary Based on His Life
When it comes to sci-fi movies, Gene Cernan, 81, isn't a big fan. After all, the guy hasn't even gotten around to watching Stanley Kubrick's 1968 classic 2001: A Space Odyssey. And yet, he admits that he "loved" The Martian, especially the scene where Best Actor nominee Matt Damon's character staves off disaster by his ingenious use of duct tape. Then again, it's probably no wonder Cernan got a kick out of Ridley Scott's space epic - especially since he once used duct tape to repair a busted fender on the lunar rover during his last voyage to the moon in 1972. "Duct tape,
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The Last Man On The Moon – The Review

2015 may just be noted in the annals of cinema history as the year that Hollywood really went “space happy” (a more benign term for “space madness” I suppose). The Martian, a fairly fact-based film (though we’ve not gone to the “red planet”) won critical praise and was a box office smash. We’ll see if it takes home some Oscar gold this Sunday night. And of course there’s that space fantasy, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, that smashed several records and is still in the box office top ten nearly ten weeks after its release. The studios have mined the stars since the beginnings of movies over a 100 years ago. The great majority of these films are fictitious, with a couple of notable exceptions being the overlooked gem from the 80’s, The Right Stuff, and the 90’s nail-biter Apollo 13 (and its HBO companion mini-series “From the Earth to the Moon
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Morgan Freeman Discusses the Roles He Isn’t Offered at Aarp’s Movies for Grownups Awards

Morgan Freeman Discusses the Roles He Isn’t Offered at Aarp’s Movies for Grownups Awards
Aarp hosted its 15th annual Movies for Grownups Awards on Monday night at the Beverly Wilshire — where it honored the performances of actors, actresses and filmmakers that contributed to older audience-centric productions in the past year.

The awards show was launched in 2002 by editors of Aarp the Magazine, who felt that the interests of audiences over age 50 weren’t adequately represented on-screen.

“Aarp drew attention to our demographic; they advocated for us,” said Aarp committee member and former studio exec Sherry Lansing as she introduced the event. “This event will be like no other. There will be no music to play you off during your acceptance speech. There will be no one waving a baton, telling you to wrap it up,” she joked. “You can take all the time you want, because you have earned it.”

The event’s greatest accolade, the career achievement award, was presented to two-time Oscar
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Aarp Movies For Grownups Awards Celebrate Mature Achievements

Aarp Movies For Grownups Awards Celebrate Mature Achievements
Forget tired jokes (pun intended) about arthritic winners too stiff to climb up on stage, or audience members too feeble to help them — the 15th Movies for Grownups Awards show, which will be held Feb. 8 at the Beverly Wilshire, promises to be a star-studded and lively event.

This year’s edition honors Lily Tomlin and Bryan Cranston as lead actress and actor for their work in “Grandma” and “Trumbo,” respectively, with the supporting actress award going to Diane Ladd for “Joy” and the supporting actor to Mark Rylance for “Bridge of Spies.”

And while the Oscars snubbed Ridley Scott and David O. Russell, Scott will receive the director award, and Russell is the screenwriter winner for “Joy.” Michael Douglas will be presented with the Career Achievement Award.

In a crowded awards season, “our show is unique in honoring the best in films with particular relevance to a 50-plus audience,” says Robert Love,
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Space Documentary Chronicles Gene Cernan’s Mission As The Last Man On The Moon

The Apollo program was a time when true space travel happened. The United States wasn’t just going into space and coming back, it was sending men to another celestial body in our universe. The stakes were very high.

Everything had to work – spacesuits could not leak, rocket engines absolutely had to fire, life support systems could not fail. When you’re a quarter of a million miles away from earth, there are no safety nets. No rescue missions were possible.

What started out as a presidential goal in the early 1960’s turned into the most impressive feat of all mankind. We did something no other country ever did or has done since. Not only once, but six times.

Now comes the story of Gene Cernan – one of the very few men who went to the moon not only once, but twice. He first went to the moon on the Apollo 10 mission.
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Watch the trailer for documentary The Last Man on the Moon

With a February release date set in the States, a trailer has arrived online for the upcoming documentary The Last Man on the Moon, which tells the story of Gene Cernan, commander of the final Apollo lunar landing. Check it out here…

The Last Man On The Moon is powered by the same adrenalin, drama and raw emotions experienced by former Nasa astronaut and Navy Captain Eugene “Gene” Cernan. When Cernan became the last man to step off of the surface of the moon in December 1972, he left his footprints and his daughter’s initials in the lunar dust. Only now is he ready to share his epic and deeply personal story of fulfillment, love and loss. Five years in the making, the documentary unveils a wealth of rare archival footage and takes Cernan back to the launch pad at Cape Kennedy (now Nasa Kennedy Space Center), to the Arlington National Cemetery,
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