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Exclusive: Sugar Films launches multimedia moon landing site

International media company Sugar Films has partnered with engineering firm Draper on a new multimedia website commemorating the 1969 Moon landing, celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Hack the Moon launched ...
May 29, 2019

International media company Sugar Films has partnered with engineering firm Draper on a new multimedia website commemorating the 1969 Moon landing, celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

Hack the Moon launched last month, offering a wealth of behind-the-scenes content revealing how NASA worked with Draper to successfully land a manned spacecraft on the Moon.

The site features interviews, archival images, historical documents, podcasts and over 150 videos and media content, including originally produced videos.

Additionally, global non-fiction SVOD service CuriosityStream will stream footage from the Hack the Moon site as part of the original Hack the Moon: Unsung Heroes of Apollo program, revealing the little-known stories of the engineers and scientists who made the first moon landing possible.

“When we first met with Draper in 2016 we saw they had a lot of incredible content, much of it unique and never made public before, and we knew this was a story Sugar Films needed to help them share with the world,” said Patrick Younge, managing director of Sugar Films, in a statement.

“So little is known of the engineers and the stories of how they used their science, vision and ingenuity to create solutions to challenges we’d never had to consider before. The challenge for us was how to take the archival materials, create additional original content and then curate it into an immersive experience that would engage and inspire whilst remaining true to the science.”

Draper president and CEO Kaigham J. Gabriel added: “With today’s renewed appetite for space exploration and society’s yearning to explore the Moon, Mars and beyond, we were particularly pleased that Sugar Films agreed to work with us to leverage and reimagine our exclusive resources in order to generate an interest in science and engineering among today’s students.

“This interactive and beautifully-crafted website and content portal is an imaginative public tribute to the engineers behind the Apollo missions and a testament to the possible.”

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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