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19 April 2017 1:36 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
You can feel the pull of contemporary sensitivities in Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo, when director David Fairhead sets up his lionization of Mission Control's buzz-cut, mostly white pioneers with an intro by two of the young women who do their jobs today. It isn't Fairhead's fault that the Nasa experts with a direct line to Buzz Aldrin et al were all dudes. Now, while a surprise Hollywood hit exposes the role of African-American "hidden figures" in the quest for space, Fairhead's straight-arrow documentary ensures that the better-known participants get more time in the spotlight while they can »
- John DeFore
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 »
- Joe Leydon
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.
- Dave McNary
Gravitas Ventures has acquired worldwide rights to Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes Of Apollo, a documentary about the controllers and support teams inside Nasa’s Apollo space program who helped make it tick. The pic, which is making its world premiere next month at SXSW, will hit theaters and VOD on April 14. David Fairhead directed the docu, which was produced by Keith Haviland and Gareth Dodds. The trio was behind The Last Man On The Moon, the story of astronaut Gene… »
4 items from 2017
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