Science Museum kicks off the 50th anniversary summer of the historic moon landing with the new Apollo 11: First Steps Edition Omnitheater film

Brand new giant screen film will make its nationwide premiere on May 17, featuring never-before-seen footage from the National Archives
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 7, 2019
Media Contacts

Kim Ramsden, PR Director, (651) 221-9423, kramsden@smm.org
Sarah Imholte, PR Specialist, (651) 221-9412, simholte@smm.org

Photos from Apollo 11: First Steps Edition

Saint Paul, Minn. – 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission that resulted in humans walking on the moon for the first time ever. The Science Museum of Minnesota will celebrate by participating in the May 17 national premiere of Apollo 11: First Steps Edition. This brand new film is a special giant screen version of Apollo 11, Todd Douglas Miller’s critically-acclaimed 2019 documentary, that will put viewers at the center of the mission, showing them this remarkable science achievement as they’ve never seen it before. Media information is now online at smm.org/media.

Members of the media are invited to screenings of Apollo 11: First Steps Edition in the William L. McKnight-3M Omnitheater at the Science Museum of Minnesota on Tuesday, May 21 at 4 p.m. and Wednesday, May 22 at 9 a.m. Please RSVP to Sarah Imholte at simholte@smm.org.

Produced by Statement Pictures in partnership with CNN Films and distributed by MacGillivray Freeman Films, Apollo 11: First Steps Edition was produced specifically for museums and science centers. It was crafted from a newly-discovered trove of never-before-seen 70mm footage and more than 11,000 hours of uncatalogued audio recordings, puttingaudiences at the center of NASA’s historic lunar landing.

Miller and his team worked closely with NASA and the National Archives (NARA) to create Apollo 11: First Steps Edition entirely from archival materials. While working to locate all existing Apollo 11 footage, NARA staff members made a startling discovery that changed the course of the project: an unprocessed collection of 70mm large format footage that contained stunning shots of the launch, the inside of Mission Control, and recovery and post-mission activities. Also unexpected was the discovery of a massive cache of audio recordings that captured individual tracks from 60 key mission personnel throughout every moment of the mission.

The result is an unforgettable immersive giant screen experience that reconstructs the exhilarating final moments of preparation, liftoff, landing, and return of this historic mission. Viewers will join Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Michael Collins, the Mission Control team, and spectators around the world as they experienced those momentous days and hours in 1969 when humankind took a giant leap into the future.

“The Apollo 11 mission and its culminating moments are etched in our minds – those who witnessed it, and those who have studied it and its impact on science and history,” says Joseph Imholte, vice president of Visitor Experience at the Science Museum of Minnesota. “Apollo 11: First Steps Edition is a really unique opportunity for Omnitheater viewers because it gives them the chance to see the mission like they’ve never seen it before on the only screen large enough to capture it – both in terms of its visual majesty and its historical and scientific significance.”

Visitor Information
Admission to Apollo 11: First Steps Edition is $9.95 for adults and $8.95 for kids ages 4 to 12 and seniors. Combination Omnitheater and exhibit gallery admission is also available.

After its May 17 premiere, Apollo 11 will run during regular Science Museum hours in the Omnitheater. For a complete list of show times and ticket reservations, visitors may call (651) 221-9444 or visit www.smm.org.

Apollo 11: First Steps Edition will run in the Omnitheater through August 4, 2019.

About Statement Pictures
Statement Pictures LLC was formed in 2011 in Brooklyn, NY to produce independent feature-length motion picture films and visual content. It is co-owned by filmmakers Todd Douglas Miller and Thomas Petersen. The company’s first feature film, Dinosaur 13, premiered on opening night at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and was acquired by Lionsgate and CNN Films for theatrical and broadcast exhibition, winning an Emmy® Award for Outstanding Science and Technology Programming. 

About CNN Films
CNN Films produces and acquires documentary feature and short films for theatrical and festival exhibition and distribution across CNN’s multiple platforms.  Amy Entelis, executive vice president of talent and content development, oversees the strategy for CNN Films; Courtney Sexton, vice president for CNN Films, works day-to-day with filmmakers to oversee projects.  For more information about CNN Films, please visit www.CNN.com/CNNFilms and follow @CNNFilms via Twitter.  CNN Films previously collaborated with Todd Douglas Miller for its presentation of Dinosaur 13.  Recent acclaimed CNN Films include RBG, directed by Betsy West and Julie Cohen; LOVE, GILDA, directed by Lisa D’Apolito; and Three Identical Strangers, directed by Tim Wardle. 

About MacGillivray Freeman Films
MacGillivray Freeman Films
is the world’s foremost independent producer and distributor of giant-screen 70mm films with more than 40 films for IMAX and giant-screen theatres to its credit. Throughout the company’s 50-year history, its films have won numerous international awards including two Academy Award® nominations for The Living Sea and Dolphins and three films inducted into the IMAX Hall of Fame, including Everest, the highest grossing giant screen film of all time.  MacGillivray Freeman’s films are known for their artistry and celebration of science and the natural world. It is the first documentary film company to reach the one-billion-dollar benchmark for worldwide box office.

About the Science Museum of Minnesota
The Science Museum of Minnesota is one of the state’s most popular museums, with a reach that extends well beyond its riverfront location in downtown Saint Paul. It serves hundreds of thousands of people each year with its engaging exhibits, breathtaking giant screen films, and unique special events. Science Museum education programs touch students in all of Minnesota’s 87 counties each year, and its research programs span the globe. For more information, visit www.smm.org.

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