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First World (2007)

 -  Short | Action | Drama  -  21 February 2009 (UK)
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China's first manned mission to the Moon reveals the Apollo 11 cover-up that mankind has never been alone.



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Credited cast:
Secretary of State Elisabeth Seward
President Robert Anderson
Lindy Nettleton ...
Prime Minister Allison Colby
Steven Johnson
Marianne Phinney ...
Susan Anderson
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Secret Service Agent (as Michael Coppola)
Gregg Creeden ...
Chief of Staff
Steven Dennis ...
Secret Service Agent
Dan Fontaine ...
Secret Service Agent
Cynthia Grenier ...
Woman on Beach
Tara Groccia ...
Himself (archive footage)
Jeremy Lamprey ...
Secret Service Agent
Aide to the Prime Minister (as Kristi Drake)


In the early 1960's NASA discovered a vast and advanced civilization on the Moon with their first space probes. While this civilization was able to shield itself from all Earth-based visual detection devices, President Kennedy's speech from 1961 that declared the intent to "Put a man on the Moon and return him safely to the Earth" was not designed as a space race with the Soviet Union, but to secretly establish contact with this newly discovered civilization. This discovery was classified and false images from the Moon were transmitted during all the Apollo missions. When the Earth mission of this new civilization was discovered, political forces demanded that President Nixon end manned missions to the Moon in 1972. First World commences in the year 2018 when the Chinese government announces it is making its first manned mission to the Moon within 24 hours. What does this civilization represent? Why was it covered up? Who knows about its existence? What is their mission? And what ... Written by Mark Lund

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moon | space | soviet union | nasa | china | See more »


The Revelation of Mankind


Short | Action | Drama | Sci-Fi



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$16,000 (estimated)

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The symbols on the uniforms that Elisabeth wears on the beach and Cedric wears in Elisabeth's Washington, DC apartment consists of a crescent Moon with an equal sign. See more »


Cedric: Do you think they can do it?
Secretary of State Elisabeth Seward: If they don't, the Soviets probably will. But we have time.
Cedric: Time isn't the issue. Discovery is one thing, but our mission is quite another.
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Brilliant concept and I want to see it realized
22 February 2009 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This short film really would make a terrific full-length movie. The plot idea is brilliant and original and would make a darn fine film.

On the eve of a Chinese moon landing, something is amiss--something out of this world. As the film slowly unfolds, you see that some of the people around us are not humans at all, but are from some unknown outside source--some distant planet perhaps. Why these outsiders are all now planning something big isn't exactly known nor are these plans. What is certain is that life on the planet will never be the same again and the film does a great job of creating tension and a sense of dread in the audience.

The film gets kudos for an exceptional story, wonderful pacing and decent CGI shots. It's obvious that this independent film was made on a shoestring budget though they generally did a good job--with one notable exception. A few times, there were a few scenes that should have been re-shot. I am not talking about expensive or difficult scenes, but little ones where the actors stumbled over their lines. You can't blame the actors, as every actor flubs a line. But it's the director's job to re-shoot scenes--especially the one on the beach early in the film. It's obvious that the actors are having trouble with their lines and this somehow made it into the film. This sort of mistake won't help in securing financing for bigger pictures and wonder if they might still want to redo this one particular scene. Especially because otherwise, it's a brilliantly imaginative film--one I desperately want to see on a bigger scale and budget. It has the potential to be something big--something profound.

Good luck with the film and I really look forward to seeing more from these people. On a tiny budget, they did wonders. Imagine what they could do with more money and time.

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