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Critically-acclaimed documentary, “Apollo 11”, opens FOLA’s 2022 Season on January 22

January 22 @ 7:00 pm 9:00 pm

FOLA’s opening film screening for 2022 will be the critically-acclaimed documentary, “Apollo 11”, at the Heald Auditorium in Ludlow’s Town Hall on Saturday, January 22 at 7 PM. Apollo 11 is a 2019 American documentary film edited, produced and directed by Todd Douglas Miller. It focuses on the 1969 Apollo 11 mission, the first spaceflight from which men walked on the Moon. The film consists solely of archival footage, including 70 mm film previously unreleased to the public, and does not feature narration, interviews or modern recreations. The Saturn V rocket, Apollo crew consisting of Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong, and Michael Collins, and Apollo program Earth-based mission operations engineers are prominently featured in the film. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 24, 2019, and was released theatrically in the United States by Neon on March 1, 2019. Apollo 11 received acclaim from critics and grossed $15 million. The film received five nominations at the 72nd Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Cinematography for a Nonfiction Program for Aldrin and Collins (Armstrong having died in 2012), and won three. The conception of the film was centered on a direct cinema approach. The final film contains no voice-over narration or interviews beyond what was available in the contemporary source material. Portions of the mission are illustrated by animated graphics depicting the parts of the Apollo spacecraft as line drawings, the designs of which are based on the cel-animated graphics in Theo Kamecke’s 1971 documentary Moonwalk One. In addition, three wordless biographical sequences summarise the lives of Edwin Aldrin, Neil Armstrong and Michael Collins up to 1969 by means of family photographs and archive footage. In a positive review for IndieWire, David Ehrlich complimented Miller’s ability to make the Moon landing sequence feel unique and thrilling, and stated that the clarity of the footage “takes your breath away”.Glenn Kenny of The New York Times called the film “entirely awe-inspiring” and wrote, “Although we know how the mission turns out, the movie generates and maintains suspense. And it rekindles a crazy sense of wonder at, among other things, what one can do practically with trigonometry.” Matt Zoller Seitz of RogerEbert.com gave the film four-out-of-four stars, calling the film “an adrenaline shot of wonder and skill…. Films this completely imagined and ecstatically realized are so rare that when one comes along, it makes most other movies, even the good ones, seem underachieving. Any information that you happen to absorb while viewing Apollo 11 is secondary to the visceral experience of looking at it and listening to it.” The film is open to everyone and is free; donations are appreciated. Water is provided thanks to the folks at the United Church of Ludlow. Following town Covid policy, masks are required for all unvaccinated attendees and recommended for the vaccinated. For information, 802-228-7239 and https://fola.us.


January 22
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
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