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What was it like to go to the moon…for the rest of Apollo’s workforce? We know the stories of the astronauts and the figureheads, but what about the 400,000 men and women who spent a decade working to get us there? When We Were Apollo shares their story.

Apollo workers posing in front of the Saturn V moon rocket.
Apollo workers posing in front of the Saturn V moon rocket.

CROWD-SOURCING HISTORY:

Your support will allow us to capture inspiring, never-before-heard stories of Apollo's behind-the-scenes heroes. While the goal of our campaign is to raise funds for the production (filming) stage of When We Were Apollo, our campaign is part of a larger effort on our part to ensure that as many stories from the Apollo-era are captured while there is still time. 

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Meet Larry Junker, Apollo structural engineer. He and several other behind-the-scenes men and women from Apollo will help form the backbone of our story!

STORY:

July 20, 1969, 10:30 EDT: With one small step, humanity slips the heavenly bonds of earth and first sets foot upon the moon. But, for the 400,000 men and women of Project Apollo, the first moon landing represents the culmination of a decade-long effort of such awesome scope and scale, it would forever change the American fabric.

Buzz Aldrin's footprint on the lunar surface.
Buzz Aldrin's footprint on the lunar surface.

Fifty years later, we explore the legacy of the Apollo Space Program through the untold stories of some of its most inspiring behind-the-scenes heroes–crafting an intimate and approachable portrait of Apollo, its evolution and its profound and lasting impact as the largest operation in peacetime the world has ever known. Engaging with several future explorers of tomorrow, our Apollo-era figures then offer their hard-earned experience, wisdom and lessons as inspiration for humanity's next giant leaps.

WHY APOLLO MATTERS:

Great strides in science, medicine, engineering and technology are the strongest engines for human advancement––not just in their outcomes but in the way they galvanize our collective spirit. And Apollo is the perfect example: an undertaking so ambitious, it required the combined forces of government, academia and private industry to succeed. 

The massive Vehicle Assembly Building under construction in 1964.
The massive Vehicle Assembly Building under construction in 1964.

Our film is not an argument for or against any policy; it's a recognition that working to accomplish ambitious goals like going to the moon brings out the best qualities we as humans share. Whatever obstacles we face–individually, as a nation or planet–that we have the choice to aim high, work together, and in the process achieve the impossible.

Pad workers prepare to right a Saturn I booster.
Pad workers prepare to right a Saturn I booster.

THE FILMMAKING PROCESS:

When We Were Apollo is scheduled for completion in time for the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing in 2019. The following is a roadmap to achieving this goal:

1. Development & Preproduction: We've spent well over a year studying and compiling information on all things Apollo. We've pursued funding and distribution opportunities, conducted preliminary interviews with Apollo alumni, written early drafts of our script, scouted locations and assembled our core production team.

2. Production: Thanks to your support, we will shoot the majority of our film in early 2018, capturing new stories from undiscovered Apollo heroes, interviews with aspiring explorers of tomorrow and additional materials to help tell our story. Filming locations will likely include: Kennedy Space Center in Florida, home to Apollo's launch facilities; Marshall Flight Center in Alabama, where the Saturn V moon rocket was designed, and Johnson Space Center in Houston, home to Mission Control and Apollo astronaut facilities. Additional locations may be possible depending on time and cost.

 3. Editing & Assembly:  Following our shoot, we will pursue additional grant and investment opportunities to finance the remainder of the film. We will then begin the time-intensive process of assembling the film: editing the footage and then adding music, titles, color and sound design before performing a final audio mix. 

4. Mastering and Delivery: We'll prepare the completed film for screening, printing a master copy of When We Were Apollo before making additional copies for Kickstarter backers like you, film festivals, distributors and broadcasters.

5. Marketing & Advertising: The story of When We Were Apollo is only shared if there's an audience ready to see it. Promotional materials, festival submission funds and a strong and consistent online presence will help secure a strong reception for the film when it first hits theaters.

6. Screenings: It's everything we've been working for: When We Were Apollo premieres at film festivals and begins appearing on broadcast and digital platforms in 2019 and beyond!

When We Were Apollo will be delivered in time for the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing in July 2019.

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WHO WE ARE:

Zachary Weil: Writer / Director

Growing up in Florida during the Space Shuttle era, Zack feels a deep and strong connection to spaceflight and its history. The owner and operator of Contact Light Films in Los Angeles, Zack’s mission is to share stories that inspire and motivate younger generations towards positions of public service and leadership. His resume includes hundreds of short-form programs highlighting the philanthropic efforts of Fortune 500 companies like Toyota and Target, to Telly Award winning campaigns for nationally recognized non-profits like the 20MM Foundation and Hispanic Scholarship Fund.

Giovanna Aguilar: Producer

A multimedia professional, Giovanna is the executive producer of Vivir del Cuento, a transmedia project highlighting the oral storytelling traditions of Ecuadorian communities displaced by the 2016 earthquake. She is also the producer of the award-winning feature-length documentary, Dreamtown, following Anibal Chala, an Afro-Ecuadorian player who, for six years, strives against all odds to make it to the professional league. A multi-grant awarded film—HBO/NALIP Documentary Filmmaker Award, NALAC, NYWIFTDreamtown can be seen in short form on PBS’s Frontline World Rough Cut. For Giovanna's full bio, please visit GiovannaAguilar.com.

John Filson: Producer

John came to filmmaking through his background in international conflict resolution. He lived for years in the Middle East and Latin America, supporting local communities struggling to prevent war and exploitation. He also led peace-building advocacy programs in Washington, D.C. for many years. John sees filmmaking as a transmitter of perspective across cultural boundaries. His web series currently in production, Fate We Make, follows an amazing Iraqi refugee family in the U.S. who John lived with as a relief worker in Iraq. See more about John at johnfilson.com.

ATTACHED KEY PERSONNEL:

Jeff Gomez: Transmedia Producer

Jeff Gomez, CEO of Starlight Runner Entertainment, is a leading expert in the fields of brand narrative, story world development, creative franchise design, and transmedia storytelling. He specializes in the expansion of entertainment properties, premium brands, and socio-political themes into highly successful multi-platform communications and international campaigns. Jeff's pop culture work has impacted such blockbuster properties as Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean, James Cameron's Avatar, Hasbro's Transformers, Sony Pictures'​ Spider-Man and Men in Black, Microsoft's Halo, and Nickelodeon's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Sterling Macer: Co-Producer

Sterling bridges the gap between filmmaking, theater production and acting, attempting to bring to each his own unique artistry. To date, he has produced and directed the feature film Park Day, starring Hill Harper, Sydney Tamiia Poitier and the late Brock Peters. A critical success, Park Day received the Audience Choice Award at the Urban World film festival in New York. For Sterling's full filmography, click here.

Kyle McConaghy: Director of Photography

Kyle shoots and directs features, shorts and commercials in Los Angeles and beyond. Specializing in producing digital films with an organic, film-like appearance, Kyle seeks to bring authenticity and timelessness to contemporary, digital work. Kyle believes any stylistic texture is possible with the right treatment: from rich technicolor to gritty horror. For more info on Kyle, please visit kylemcconaghy.com.

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING:

  • David and Mark Dodson: writers/directors of the Apollo-era inspired film: The Landing
  • Jeff Gomez, CEO and Founder of Starlight Runner Entertainment: "In When We Were Apollo, we see a compelling and timely aspirational narrative in humanity's reach towards new frontiers, one that transcends the boundaries of race and class, and the differences of individuals in America."

 

Risks and challenges

Making a documentary film comes with its share of risks and challenges. Fundraising is challenging! Even with a successful Kickstarter campaign behind us, we will need to raise additional funds to see the project through to completion. The relatively condensed timeline and the advanced age of many of our subjects makes this a particularly ambitious undertaking.

But, if Apollo teaches us anything, it's that no project worth doing doesn't involve some risk-taking. The approaching 50th anniversary of the first moon landing presents a once-in-a-generation opportunity to share this invaluable story with you and countless others. With a talented and experienced filmmaking team, a wonderful story to tell, and your continued support and enthusiasm to carry us forward, the real risk would be failing to make the effort.

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