Telluride Film Festival Presents "For All Mankind" At The Palm

[click “Play” to hear Erika Gordon speak about “For All Mankind”]

For.all.mankind Thought “Avatar” was out of this world? This film is over the moon.

The Telluride Film Festival presents “For All Mankind” (1989, 80 minute), part of the ongoing educational/entertainment series, Sunday At The Palm. The dazzling Oscar-nominated National Geographic documentary tells the story of the 24 men who traveled to the moon, in their own words, using their own images of the experience.
The space race effectively ended in July 1969 when Apollo 11 met President Kennedy’s challenge of landing a man on the moon and return him safely to earth, but there were flights before and after the big headline. “For All Mankind” features breathtaking, never-before-seen footage, a composite of nine lunar flights between December 1968 and November 1972. To make “For All Mankind,” journalist-turned-director Al Reinert had to sift through six million feet of film footage and 80 hours of interviews. (Reinert subsequently co-scripted Ron Howard’s acclaimed “Apollo 13.”)

Brian Eno’s evocative score captures the sense of peace the astronauts said they felt while floating through space. The spiritual quality of “For All Mankind” is as affecting as its stunning visuals.

“A thoughtfully beautiful look at America’s Apollo missionaries…the film manages to capture the buoyant spirits and pride that were in the air – just about enough to lift the rocket from its pad,” raved The Washington Post.

To learn more about about why the Telluride Film Festival selected “For All Mankind,” and moments to watch for, click the “play” button and listen to outreach/education liaison Erika Gordon’s podcast.

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