The Summer of Space continues on GPB as we bring you the digitally remastered version of a groundbreaking 1970 documentary on the Apollo 11 mission and even more programming commemorating the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.
Six weeks before Apollo 11’s mission to the moon, NASA commissioned filmmaker Theo Kamecke to document the historic event. The result was the meditative feature-length documentary Moonwalk One. Now, nearly 50 years after its release, the remastered film will air on GPB as part of our Summer of Space lineup celebrating the anniversary of the mission.
Shot across the world, from Stonehenge to Mission Control in Houston, Moonwalk One attempts to capture the gravity of what was unfolding and place the moon landing into its proper historical context. Featuring an avant-garde score and powerful narration, the film presents a unique opportunity to experience the Apollo 11 mission through the eyes of a public swept up in the fervor of the space race, witnessing a turning point in human history.
On Second Thought host Virginia Prescott spoke with David Resha, assistant professor of film studies at Emory University's Oxford College, about the film and how it was received at the time of its release. You can listen to their conversation now at gpbnews.org.
Take a look below at the trailer for Moonwalk One and tune in on Friday, July 19 at 9:00 pm to watch the full film on GPB TV.