Colorado University School of Journalism to Host Moon Beat Special Screening April 26th

As NASA Looks Forward Toward Mars and Beyond, Moon Beat Recalls Apollo XI from Journalists’ POV; Featuring John Noble Wilford, George Alexander, Victor McElheny, NASA’s Jack King and others
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April 16, 2010 - PRLog -- (Boulder, CO) -- ‘Moon Beat’ the award-winning documentary from director/producer Kevin Stirling, which recalls the epic flight of Apollo XI and the 1960’s space race starring top news reporters along with senior NASA officials, will be featured during a special screening sponsored by the CU School of Journalism and Mass Communication on Monday, April 26th. The evening program, which is open to the public, begins at 5:30 p.m. and will be held in the Eaton Humanities Building Room 150.

“It is an honor to bring Moon Beat and its journalistic history to the prestigious CU School of Journalism and Mass Communications,” said documentary filmmaker Kevin Stirling. “As NASA looks forward toward new horizons, it is important that we celebrate the 40th anniversary of Apollo XI, particularly from the behind-the scenes perspective of the journalists who covered NASA and America’s Journey to the Moon.”  

Moon Beat is a breakthrough film that looks at the epic July ’69 flight of Apollo XI and showcases the news reporters who covered NASA in the run-up to the first manned lunar landing. Journalists share their views about its significance and the current state of the U.S. Space program – on its 40th anniversary.

“These legendary and iconic journalists share their stories of Apollo XI and the space race of the 1960s. They were there, saw it all and covered it all,” said Kevin Stirling. “And I wanted to give NASA fans and space enthusiasts everywhere a fresh look at Apollo XI primarily from the perspective of the news reporters who covered it along with their NASA Public Affairs colleagues,” said Stirling who has appeared as a guest on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal to discuss the film.  

The documentary revisits President John F. Kennedy’s call to go to the moon and the onset of the space race with the Soviet Union, leading to the 1969 flight of Apollo XI. It features interviews with many top journalists who covered the U.S. space program including: John Noble Wilford, New York Times, George Alexander, Newsweek, Mark Bloom, New York Daily News, Henry S. F. Cooper, Jr., The New Yorker, Leon Jaroff, TIME Magazine, John L. Wilhelm, TIME Magazine, Al Neuharth, Founder, USA Today, Joe Morgenstern, Film Critic, The Wall Street Journal, Donald C. Drake, Philadelphia Inquirer, Bill Larson, ABC News, and many others.

The award-winning film also features commentary with senior NASA officials including Hugh W. Harris, Former Director of NASA Public Affairs, Bob Button, Former NASA Public Affairs Officer and Jack King (Voice of Apollo) who is best remembered for his exhilarating Apollo launch countdowns by millions of Apollo enthusiasts around the world.

Moon Beat won a Special Jury Remi Award at the 42nd Annual WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival. WorldFest-Houston is one of the oldest and largest film & video competitions in the world.

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