Coming to theatres and VOD this Friday, April 14:
MISSION CONTROL: THE UNSUNG HEROES OF APOLLO
Members of NASA’s Mission Control recount the triumphs and tragedies of the US space program through the end of the Apollo missions.
Fairhead’s love letter to the bygone years of American space exploration focuses on the engineers, project leaders, and technicians of Mission Control, figures who typically never received the spotlight despite their essential roles in the Space Race. His film combines extensive talking head interviews with these surviving men (the boy’s club environment is awkwardly mitigated by bookend interviews with two present-day female NASA employees), along with new animation and a wealth of archival footage, including extensive period footage of Mission Control, space missions, propaganda/educational films, and news broadcasts. Subjects relate their path to working for NASA, their trial-and-error invention, and the parts they played in the Space Race, including immersive retellings of such pivotal moments as the first three-man mission in space, the lunar landing, and the rescue of the Apollo 13 astronauts, making for an engaging, enjoyable, and respectful look back at NASA’s glory days.