October 9, 2017
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Doing the big, impossible things brings out the best in ourselves.
THE FILMMAKERS OF WHEN WE WERE APOLLO, A KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN “PROJECT WE LOVE,” INITIATE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT WITH “GET TO KNOW THE FILMMAKERS of WHEN WE WERE APOLLO”
VIA FACEBOOK LIVE @SpiritOfApollo
STARTING on WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2017, 11:00 A.M. PT
WITH DIRECTOR ZACK WEIL AND PRODUCER JOHN FILSON
Los Angeles, California, October 9, 2017 — As of this announcement, the Kickstarter campaign launched on September 26, designated to fund the first phase of Contact Light Films’ production of When We Were Apollo, has over 200 backers and over $15,000 pledged.
“My heartfelt thanks to everyone who has already contributed. Your contribution not only brings us closer to hitting our financial goal ($52,000), but helps raise the project's profile on the Kickstarter platform––making it easier for potential backers to discover and support!” wrote Director Zack Weil on the latest update to campaign’s backers.
In recognition of the film’s growing demand on social media and the support on the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter, the director and his producing team are opening up to the public with “Get to Know the Filmmakers” a weekly FB LIVE EVENT. Its mission is to drive awareness and impact of their film’s core #StoriesofApollo - the personal journeys of Apollo’s lesser-known heroes —the builders, technicians and engineers who helped get us to the moon.
EVENT: “GET TO KNOW THE FILMMAKERS OF WHEN WE WERE APOLLO”
DIRECTOR ZACK WEIL AND
PRODUCERS JOHN FILSON AND GIOVANNA AGUILAR
WHEN: Wednesday, October 11th
TIME: 11:00 A.M. Pacific Time
HOSTED BY: Director Zack Weil and Producer John Filson
WHERE: FaceBook @SpiritOfApollo
FREQUENCY: WEEKLY (SCHEDULE TO BE ANNOUNCED ON FACEBOOK)
Space exploration, physics, technology and the pure spirit of innovation owe an eternal debt to the astronauts and NASA figureheads who took us to the moon.
But what about Apollo’s lesser-known heroes —the builders, technicians and engineers who also committed themselves to the mission? What was that intangible spirit of tackling the impossible that made them succeed? Where is that spirit today?
Stories of local heroes are resonating with diverse audiences, from the history buff to the space aficionado, from Baby Boomers to Generation Y, and with people in the United States and around the world. When We Were Apollo is uniquely positioned to capture, engage and grow audiences with the real-life accounts of local heroes whose stories are yet to be shared.
“In When We Were Apollo, and in your team’s vision, we see a compelling and timely aspirational narrative in humanity’s reach toward new frontiers, one that transcends the boundaries of race and class, and the differences of individuals in America.”
- Jeff Gomez, CEO and Founder of Starlight Runner Entertainment.
“We appreciate all the ways that heroes of yesterday and today embody the spirit of Apollo in their daily lives—that conviction that dreaming big and tackling the impossible is really, really important,”
- Zack Weil, Director of When We Were Apollo
ABOUT THE PROJECT:
When We Were Apollo introduces audiences to several unknown heroes from Apollo’s workforce, and reveals what putting a human being on the moon meant to them. It also features young people from the newest generation focused on the next giant leaps for mankind, and what wisdom Apollo’s heroes offer for their journey.
The film will premiere in 2019, in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo XI moon landing. See more on the film’s website: www.whenwewereapollo.com
When We Were Apollo aims for impact beyond the film:
- It’s a participatory effort to capture part of our history we would otherwise lose as the Apollo generation begins to exit the world’s stage
- Online engagement with fan communities and partnerships with key organizations before and after the film help uncover Apollo stories no one has heard before
- It will also produce a special compilation of all the original, full-length interviews and never-before-heard stories of Apollo recorded during production. This is history not available anywhere else, and much more content than what appears in the film!
Production will begin in January, 2018 and is slated to shoot on location in Huntsville, Alabama; Houston, Texas; and Cape Canaveral, Florida. The film will premiere in 2019, in time for the 50th anniversary of the Apollo XI moon landing in 1969.
About the W3A Kickstarter Campaign:
The Kickstarter campaign launches today, Sept. 26th, and wraps on Oct. 31. It will fund the principal filming of the production phase of the film. Backing this campaign means helping to preserve a piece of our history otherwise lost to time. It also sends the message that the spirit Apollo’s heroes embodied is alive and well today: a community coming together to tackle the huge, “impossible” things facing humankind.
View the LIVE CAMPAIGN.
In addition to a special advanced release of the film, backers can receive:
- an Apollo Oral History—a compilation of full-length interviews not seen in the film
- a hardcover photo book and behind-the-scenes video of the production process, and
- plenty of When We Were Apollo memorabilia and other incentives.
CREATIVE AND PRODUCING TEAM:
Park Avenue Post
Attached to the W3A production is world-renowned transmedia expert Jeff Gomez, CEO and Founder of Starlight Runner Entertainment.
For more information:
Kickstarter Campaign (Live now): https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/218581951/when-we-were-apollo-a-documentary-experience/description
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