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Exclusive: Discovery, Science Channel ready “Apollo: The Forgotten Films”

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11′s moon landing, Discovery and Science Channel are preparing a two-hour special that will tell the full story of the mission. Produced by ...
April 10, 2019

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11′s moon landing, Discovery and Science Channel are preparing a two-hour special that will tell the full story of the mission.

Produced by London factual indie Arrow Media, Apollo: The Forgotten Films (working title) features never-before-seen footage, in addition to archival material that reveals the determination of the army of engineers, scientists and astronauts who put a man on the moon. The special features footage from numerous sources, including NASA Research Centers, The National Archives, and news reports of the time.

America’s space race involved 400,000 scientists and engineers who overcame staggering challenges to build a rocket powerful enough to break free of earth’s gravity, and a group of astronauts who risked their lives to reach the moon, 250,000 miles away from home.

Executive producers for Arrow are Tom Brisley and Sam Starbuck, while Howard Swartz serves as executive producer for Discovery and Science Channel.

“The approach to this commemorative special is to celebrate and honor everyone who made this most incredible of missions possible,” said Swartz, SVP of production and development, Discovery, in a statement. “With only the use of archival footage from the time, this will be an immersive experience for the viewer, transporting them back to a time of hope, fear, and ultimately, triumph.”

Apollo: The Forgotten Films launches Summer 2019 on Discovery and Science Channel.

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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