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In July of 1969, Apollo XI journeyed to the Moon where astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin landed in the Sea of Tranquility and walked on the lunar surface. The flight marked NASA's achievement of President John F. Kennedy's goal while capturing the dreams, passions and emotions of a first-time ever, truly global audience.
Back on earth, the job of keeping an Apollo XI-news hungry public informed fell to an army of hundreds, if not thousands, of gifted journalists and broadcasters in the U.S. and around the world who covered America's quest for the moon throughout the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo programs.
For the reporters who covered NASA's reach for the Moon, this was their beat - the Moon Beat.
Moon Beat explores President John F. Kennedy's call to go to the moon, and the onset of the 1960s space race with the Soviet Union, leading to the 1969 flight of Apollo XI. The documentary explores the day-to-day lives of the reporters and revisits the events from the perspective of these news reporters who covered and wrote about the U.S. space program for many years including: John Noble Wilford, (New York Times), Al Neuharth, (Founder, USA Today, Florida Today), Reg Turnill, (BBC Aerospace Correspondent), George Alexander, (Aviation Week, Newsweek), Leon Jaroff (TIME Magazine), John L. Wilhelm (TIME Magazine), Victor McElheny (Boston Globe) and Joe Morgenstern, (Film Critic, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek), along with many others.
"Moon Beat is a documentary about the many stories of Apollo XI and the space race of the 1960s, as told by NASA officials and the news reporters who saw it all and covered it all," said Kevin Stirling, director/producer of the film. "In making this documentary, I felt, who better to reflect on Apollo XI than the news reporters who covered it," said Stirling who has appeared on C-SPAN's Washington Journal to discuss the film.
Journalists and NASA officials share their views about the significance of Apollo XI on its 40th anniversary as well as the current state of the U.S. Space program. The award-winning film also features commentary with senior NASA officials including Hugh W. Harris, former Director of NASA Public Affairs 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.