Embark on a thrilling journey to the Moon with Apollo 11: First Steps Edition

Thursday, 30 May 2019

Author: Jaclyn Reynolds

COLUMBUS, OH – Audiences will experience one of humanity’s greatest achievements with Todd Douglas Miller’s Apollo 11: First Steps Edition, now showing daily at COSI through September 2, 2019. The film is crafted from a newly-discovered trove of never-before-seen 70mm footage and more than 11,000 hours of uncatalogued audio recordings. It is timed with the much-anticipated celebration of the 50th anniversary of NASA’s Apollo 11 mission – the first to put men on the Moon.

On Saturday, June 15, 2019, from 3:15 pm to 5:15 pm, COSI will host a special screening of Apollo 11: First Steps Edition with special guests Mark Armstrong, son of Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong, Todd Douglas Miller, Apollo 11 director, writer, and producer, and Matt Morton, Apollo 11 musical score composer. Miller and Morton are Columbus natives and 1995 graduates of Gahanna Lincoln High School. Armstrong, Miller and Morton will hold a live question-and-answer session immediately following a screening of the 47-minute film.

Apollo 11: First Steps Edition is a special giant screen version, made exclusively for science centers and museum theaters, of Miller’s critically-acclaimed theatrical documentary Apollo 11. This thrilling film puts audiences at the center of humankind’s first steps on the Moon and is crafted entirely from archival materials. As the team was working closely with NASA and the National Archives (NARA) to locate all existing Apollo 11 footage, NARA staff members made a startling discovery that changed the course of the project: an unprocessed collection of 70mm large format footage, never before seen by the public, containing stunning shots of the launch, the inside of Mission Control, and recovery and post-mission activities. The other unexpected find was a massive cache of audio recordings that captured individual tracks from 60 key mission personnel throughout every moment of the mission.

Apollo 11: First Steps Edition joins Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins, the Mission Control team and millions of spectators around the world, during those momentous days and hours in 1969 when humankind took a giant leap into the future.

Apollo 11: First Steps Edition is produced by Statement Pictures in partnership with CNN Films and distributed by MacGillivray Freeman Films. It runs 47 minutes. For more information, visit http://apollo11firststeps.com/.

About the Author

Jaclyn Reynolds

Jaclyn Reynolds

Jaclyn Reynolds is the Director of Communications for COSI. She has worked in communications and PR for more than 16 years. She has worked as a TV news producer in cable news and as a public information officer and communications specialist in state government.