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American Experience: Chasing the Moon

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Catalogue Number:  041932
Producer:  PBS Video
Subject:  American History, Black History, Documentary, Drama, History, Physics, Science, Women's Studies
Language:  English
Grade Level:  9 - 12, Post Secondary
Country Of Origin:  United States
Copyright Year:  2019
Running Time:  360
Closed Captions:  Yes

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Chasing the Moon reimagines the race to the moon for a new generation, upending much of the conventional mythology surrounding the effort. The series recasts the Space Age as a fascinating stew of scientific innovation, political calculation, media spectacle, visionary impulses and personal drama. With no narration and using only archival footage - including a visual feast of previously lost or overlooked material - the film features a diverse cast of characters who played key roles in these historic events. Among those included are astronauts Buzz Aldrin, Frank Borman and Bill Anders; Sergei Khrushchev, son of the former Soviet premier and a leading Soviet rocket engineer; Poppy Northcutt, the 25-year old "mathematics whiz" who gained worldwide attention as the first woman to serve in the all-male bastion of NASA's Mission Control; and Ed Dwight, the Air Force pilot selected by the Kennedy administration to train as America's first black astronaut.

Making Chasing the Moon: Interview with Robert Stone
From childhood Robert Stone has been enamored with space and filmmaking. In this video he discusses gathering archival footage, his interviewing technique, the importance of the Earthrise photo and the monumental American race to the moon. Join the multi-award-winning, Oscar-nominated director on his 50-year journey from his early admiration of space to the making of Chasing the Moon.

Making Chasing the Moon: Behind the Scenes with Film Crew
Embark on the creation journey of Chasing the Moon with the film crew. Beginning with director Robert Stone and editor Lindy Jankura as they discuss their editing process, followed by the composer Gary Lionelli and his styling of the scores, then supervising sound editor Coll Anderson and his recreation of sounds, and finally the colorist Chad Smith in making the film's coloring cohesive.

360 minutes on 3 Discs.

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