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Screening: Chasing the Moon from American Experience

April 27 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Saturday, April 27 at 3:30 p.m.
Lorenzo Walker Technical High School

WGCU, with The Naples Space Festival, presents the first screening of PBS’ Chasing the Moon

Chasing the Moon is a new six-hour documentary series about the space race, from its earliest beginnings to the monumental achievement of the first lunar landing in 1969 and beyond. The program will premiere Monday-Wednesday at 9pm, July 8-10, 2019, on PBS/WGCU TV. You can catch a sneak peek of this new program Saturday, April 27 in conjunction with The Naples Space Festival.

Following the premiere episode, WGCU FM News Director Julie Glenn will host a discussion panel that includes Joel Banow, television director, who directed the Apollo broadcasts for CBS News, William Harwood, CBS News space reporter, and Dr. James Hansen, author of the First Man the biography of Neil Armstrong.

See you there!

More about the PBS program

Celebrating conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, “Chasing the Moon” is a film by Robert Stone and marks his eighth project for AMERICAN EXPERIENCE. “Chasing the Moon” thoroughly reimagines the race to the moon for a new generation, upending much of the conventional mythology surrounding the effort. The three-part series recasts the Space Age as a fascinating stew of scientific innovation and PR savvy, political calculation and media
spectacle, visionary impulses and personal drama. With no narration and using only archival footage — including a visual feast of previously lost or overlooked material — the film features new interviews with a diverse cast of characters who played key roles in these historic events. Among those included are astronauts Buzz Aldrin, Frank Borman and Bill Anders; Freeman Dyson, the renowned futurist and theoretical physicist; Sergei Khrushchev, the son of former Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev, who played a prominent role in the Soviet space program as a rocket engineer; Poppy Northcutt, the 25-year-old “mathematics whiz” who gained worldwide attention as
the first woman to serve in the all-male bastion of NASA’s Mission Control; and Ed Dwight, the Air Force pilot selected by the Kennedy administration to train as America’s first black astronaut.
While other documentaries have largely painted a familiar narrative of goals set, obstacles  overcome, disasters averted and missions accomplished, “Chasing the Moon” tells a vastly more entertaining and surprising story. As the film reveals, the drive to land a man on the moon was fueled as much by politics as it was by technology and was a controversial undertaking during a volatile time.


April 27
3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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