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‘Moon Beat’ Soars at WorldFest, Wins 2009 Special Jury Remi Award
Doc Film Recalls July ‘69 First Moon Landing Mission on Eve of 40th Anniversary; News Reporters, NASA and Nostalgia Featured in Apollo XI Documentary
By: Kevin Stirling
“Congratulations on winning this 2009 Special Jury Remi Award for your documentary film, “Moon Beat,” said J. Hunter Todd, Chairman and WorldFest Founding Director. “It is very difficult to win a Remi in WorldFest, with so many entries, only about 15-20% are good enough to win the Special Jury Award for Creative Excellence.”
“Moon Beat” recalls President John F. Kennedy’s call to go to the moon, and the onset of the 1960s space race with the Soviet Union, leading up to the 1969 flight of Apollo XI. The documentary revisits the events from the POV of the news reporters who covered and wrote about the U.S. space program for many years including: John Noble Wilford, New York Times, Al Neuharth, Founder, USA Today and Florida Today, Reg Turnill, BBC Aerospace Correspondent and Joe Morgenstern, Film Critic, The Wall Street Journal and many others. The award-winning film also features interviews with senior NASA officials including Jack W. King (Voice of Apollo) who is best remembered for his exhilarating Apollo launch countdowns by millions of Apollo enthusiasts around the world.
“Thank you to all of the members of the WorldFest Jury Committee. It is a great honor to win this Special Jury Remi Award,” said Moon Beat Director/Producer Kevin Stirling. “Apollo XI embodies the ‘can-do’ ‘find a way’ great American-spirit of overcoming obstacles and achieving goals. It is the quintessential ‘To Dream the Impossible Dream’ story and it compels us to retell this timeless tale to each new generation.”
The documentary film also features interviews with: George Alexander, Mark Bloom, Kay Bloom, Sue Butler, Henry S. F. Cooper, Jr., Donald C. Drake, Hugh W. Harris, Arthur Hill, Leon Jaroff, Bill Larson, Victor McElheny, Jesco von Puttkamer, John J. Wilhelm, George Wilson and Wolfgang Will.
WorldFest Houston is the oldest Independent Film & Video Festival in the World, the festival that discovered Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Ang Lee, John Lee Hancock, Randall Kleiser, Ridley Scott, Robert Rodriguez, Robert Townsend, The Coen Brothers, Spike Lee, Oliver Stone and David Lynch with their very first awards. Others include: The Coen Brothers, Bryan De Palma, Jonathan Demme, Michael Demme, Spike Lee, George Lucas, David Lynch, Paul Mazursky, Oliver Stone, and hundreds more.
For More Information:
Moon Beat: http://www.moonbeatthemovie.com
WorldFest Houston: http://www.worldfest.org
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