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MCroft04
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posted 03-17-2014 07:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for MCroft04   Click Here to Email MCroft04     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just saw the now famous selfie of Gene Cernan, Jim Lovell, Charlie Duke, and Tom Stafford on Fox News. The newscaster then said "they're making a movie about Cernan." Does anyone know what this is about?

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The documentary is called "The Last Man on the Moon" and is being produced by Mark Stewart Productions.
When Apollo astronaut Eugene Cernan stepped off the moon in 1972 he left his footprints and his daughter's initials in the lunar dust. Only now, forty years later, is he ready to share his epic but deeply personal story.

Cernan's burning ambition carried him to the spectacular and hazardous environment of space and to the moon. But there was a heavy price to pay for the fame and privilege that followed. As his wife famously remarked, 'If you think going to the moon is hard, try staying at home.'

'The Last Man on the Moon' combines rare archive material, compelling visual effects and unprecedented access to present an iconic historical character on the big screen.

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Does anybody know when this documentary will be released and whether it will be available as DVD or BD as well?

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posted 04-06-2014 01:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Buel   Click Here to Email Buel     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It is being shown at Spacefest.

Would love to know if it is being shown on any TV networks soon. Surely...

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Unfortunately, my talk at Spacefest ran up to (and a bit through) the screening of "Last Man on the Moon" so I couldn't attend, so perhaps some who did see it could share their impressions.

Here is the newly-released trailer:

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Happily, Robert. But I'll first point out how much I enjoyed your presentation. I ducked out in the middle of your Q/A and only missed a small part of the movie premiere.

The film is nothing short of superb.

This is the first movie I've seen on such a space man that really delves into his life away from the space race. How many films get you inside the man's home office, on his back patio, or in the local bar? LMOTM shows the perfect mix of historical video/photos, interviews and "real life reality shots".

The best part for me was watching him pull his car up outside of his space program home. Spine tingling stuff. And Martha Chaffee has a very chilling part in it. What a lovely lady she is.

Trying to mute my enthusiasm slightly here for the folks that don't want to read a spoiler.

In sum, it's really a documentary that details how he became the man he was during the program, and then in-turn how he is today. It's far from a documentary on Apollo 17 or what someone might falsely assume from the title. This film is mostly about the guy away from the spacesuit, and I prefer it that way. We've seen the moonwalking-Cernan already.

Military friends, family members and other astronauts all take part in the film, and the final product is a 10 out of a 10, honestly. Even people who've never heard of Gene Cernan should come away from this film saying "that's one special human being".

The best part? Some members here might see themselves in a scene towards the end. I won't give anything away but I was so pleasantly surprised to see myself in the scene. Nearly jumped out of my seat!

Tell your friends, this movie is the real deal.

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Looks like a great movie! Nice to see fellow astronauts Lovell and Bean appear in it too, to give a complete picture of Cernan's life and times.

I've always admired him because he's blunt, frank and unguarded in his feelings and opinions — the polar opposite of Neil Armstrong, the first man on the Moon.

In another documentary, he did look back and wonder, "Why was I chosen for Apollo and my brother Naval Aviators went off to fly and fight in Vietnam, a far riskier endeavor?"

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posted 05-15-2014 05:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for David C     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
An excellent film. I believe they're working on a cinema release.

Philip
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posted 05-17-2014 05:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Which museum/exhibition is that at 01:31 in the trailer (National Air and Space Museum?)

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posted 05-17-2014 06:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for uk spacefan   Click Here to Email uk spacefan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Having seen the trailer I cannot wait for it to reach the UK.

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Originally posted by Philip:
Which museum/exhibition is that at 01:31 in the trailer?
That is the Apollo 17 command module and diorama on display at Space Center Houston.

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Originally posted by uk spacefan:
I cannot wait for it to reach the UK.
"The Last Man on the Moon" will be screened at the Sheffield Doc/Fest June 8-9, 2014 at Showroom Workstation in Sheffield, England.

According to the filmmakers, Gene Cernan will be in attendance and taking part in a Q&A.

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Quoting from the website:
In this intensely competitive environment, Cernan was sent twice into space, with his second trip being his first — and NASA’s last — mission to the moon.
Sounds like an imposter Cernan to me!

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Saw this at Spacefest. Excellent film. Very moving. Well done, MS Productions.

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I have a ticket to the Sheffield screening and am very much looking forward to it. Personally I think the wording is ambiguous and the Q&A could be with the film makers.

If it is Cernan, it's the best value cinema ticket I've eve bought!!

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The filmmakers announced Cernan would attend the screenings on their page on Facebook.

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Went to see "Last Man on the Moon" yesterday in Sheffield. Nice to see Rick and Mark and Ronald from the Netherlands.

The film is brilliant, very emotive in parts but a really good insight into the life of Gene Cernan.

Definitely the best cinema ticket bought to date — £9.00 for the film and Q and A session which Cernan himself attended and answered some of the questions.

If they decide to present this film elsewhere in this format don't miss it.

Another good experience and Rick managed to get a good photo of me with the "Last Man on the Moon" himself! Thanks for sharing all...

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I was very lucky to be doing the Q and A with the Captain! If any one has any more pictures or video, do let me know! Here is one from today.

Do tweet me: @somethingastro.

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I was there too and as said above it's the best cinema ticket I've ever bought!

Towards the end of the film I thought of Johnny Cash's video to 'Hurt' - an old man reflecting on his life and past glories but this has much more to it.

I think a lot of us who are starting to creak a bit begin to question whether that extra half hour at the office and missing the kids' bathtime was actually worth it, and Cernan captures the feelings beautifully.

I found the film to be very well put together with some great CGI to tell the story. It was in turn funny, informative and moving and I think even people not interested in Apollo would have found it entertaining. He's yet another astronaut I've met who is both humble about his achievement and humbled by the experience. All the ones I've heard speak have echoed the idea that it's home that is important. The moon is fine, but the people waiting for you are what matters.

Cernan is my astronaut hero and it was a joy to see him in person and shake his hand. He was fantastically generous to everyone who wanted a piece of him in the scrum that followed and clearly feels that he owes people that time for a quick photo and a handshake.

A young woman (Apollo was probably over when her parents were toddlers) had a huge grin on her face after getting a photo with him and said it was the highlight of the festival. Well done Gene

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Can only echo what One Big Monkey says, was a bit of a scrum. My photo opportunity was only made possible by Gene Cernan taking the time to stop and Rick Mulheirn diving in with his camera.

Not so many people trying to get autographs, more trying to get a photograph!

Don't really know how these people, Gene Cernan included, carry on at this relentless pace!

Thanks for the photograph Rick!

Photograph :- Rick Mulheirn

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I attended the Sheffield Film Festival over the weekend to cover the Mark Stewart Production "Last Man on the Moon" for "Spaceflight" magazine. I did so not wanting to fawn over the movie like some love lost youth at a One Direction concert... but it is difficult not to.

The film's director, Mark Craig wanted to "make a documentary with a difference" and to say he has done so would be something of an understatement. Beautifully crafted cinematography, a perfect yet haunting soundtrack coupled with a clever and distinctive look and feel make "The Last Man on The Moon" a superb documentary – FULL STOP!! The fact that the topic is one close to the heart of this community is a bonus.

As and when this film goes on a wider release, movie posters festooned with film festival, film industry and movie media garlands in the top corner are an inevitability.

I defy anybody, hard-core fan to "space atheist," not to be entertained by this deeply personal journey.

Bespoke archival footage, Cernan's own still photos and home movies coupled with input from friends, family and former colleagues conjured up a film that was as emotional and touching as it was candid.

The movie took seven years to reach the screen; in 2007 Mark Craig read the book and decided there and then, "This was a movie that needed to be made." But Gene resisted and it took a further five years of persuasion from Mark and close friends including Sir Jackie Stewart, Tom Hanks and Harrison Ford to change his mind. What appealed to Gene in the end was that the film was as much about the positive message it could give to youngsters harbouring their own hopes and ambitions as much as it was the story of Gene Cernan; to never give up because you don't know what fete has in store for you and to always give of your best.

The film was 19 months in production and cost around £1 million to make. Mark Stewart told me the hope is that the film will reach a wider audience through TV and/or a limited cinema release in the coming months with DVD and Blu-ray releases in a year or less, all being well.

Each of the viewings was followed by a Q&A with Gene and Mark Craig, chaired by an excited Nigel McEnaney. Both were sold out and I did see a few folk hoping for an autograph but Gene's PA Claire Johnson and film producer Garth Dodds orbited Gene like shepherd moons, keeping him in check and autograph hunters at arm's length — though the occasional photo was accommodated.

This was never that kind of event. The "close quarter protection" was in part because of the throng that surrounded Gene as he left the theatre or travelled the corridors and in part because the guy had had a hip operation only 10 days previous with another scheduled 10 days hence. He was tired and struggling with a stick; clearly in some discomfort. I am amazed he was even there at all.

Over the two days I saw him sign about a dozen items, the majority being his book. The only exceptions were a glossy photo Gene signed for me, and a movie poster (one of only four brought to Sheffield by the production company) for "Mrs Owl", Both items are being framed and will be donated to the Fred Haise post dinner auction. Bring your cheque books; the signed poster looks stunning!

UK space fans will be pleased to know that Space Lectures were well represented at both viewings. I was with Ken Willoughby when overtures were made to Gene back at his hotel about coming to Pontefract. The bad news is Gene was quick to admit that he is finally listening to advice from family and friends to cut back on his schedule and nothing was likely in the short term. The good news is Gene's PA Claire interjected, "Oh, you're Ken Willoughby," with a familiarity reserved for the first time meeting of long time pen pals.

Ken had Gene lined up for Pontefract five years ago and I had always thought that had been cancelled due to poor ticket sales. It transpires the event clashed with a big US Navy event that Gene was attending and it was Gene that cancelled.

Hopefully this will make him more likely to want to fulfill the engagement despite a shrinking diary and the conversation ended with Claire telling Ken to get in touch.

It may come to nothing and time is not on Ken's side but my advice would be to start saving just in case; his fee is likely to be such that tickets will be expensive. Fingers crossed.

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Here is the movie poster:

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The production company have been in touch with my wife "Mrs OWL" to say there may be another viewing of the film tomorrow in Sheffield.

The film is currently neck and neck with another documentary for the winner of the film festival.

It would really help the production company if as many people come attend the viewing and offer their positive vote after the screening to enable the film achieve what it deserves.

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posted 06-11-2014 05:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Blackarrow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Apart from Sheffield, any chance of showings in other UK venues?

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Geoffrey, I think I heard one of the production guys say there was going to be another viewing in the Lake District somewhere... but I could be wrong. I am sure, if you mail Mark Stewart Productions they can let you know. But Cernan won't be there. His is having his other hip replaced in a week or so.

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Nice poster!

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posted 06-12-2014 04:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sounds like a superb movie, just saw the trailer...

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Originally posted by Rick Mulheirn:
Geoffrey, I think I heard one of the production guys say there was going to be another viewing in the Lake District somewhere... But Cernan won't be there.
Rick, I attended Gene Cernan's "after-film" talk at Spacefest in Pasadena. It's the film itself I didn't get to see — the showings clashed with other Spacefest commitments.

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There will be an exclusive sneak peak of this film at Something Astronomical in Sheffield this weekend.

If you are coming down, don't miss it. It is before the secret screening at 3pm (which is free to all).

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posted 06-25-2014 01:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for RobertB   Click Here to Email RobertB     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
All these posts of sneak-peeks and previews are depressing — when/where is it going to be shown in public?

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Please screen this again in LA! I missed out at Spacefest...

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Two additional screenings of "Last Man on the Moon" have now been scheduled in the UK, both at Cineworld Cinemas: The pages for these events list there being a live Q&A, though the participants are not identified.

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Any word on a disc or streaming company (Netflix, iTunes etc.) release? I would love to see this.

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According to the filmmakers' Facebook updates, they are still working toward a general theater release.
We are currently working towards a general release. We don't have any details to share as yet but as soon as we do, we will post them on here. We hope you will be able to see our film in your local cinema. We will keep you posted.

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I may be wrong but I think there may be an announcement of some kind about the movie at the Fred Haise event in Pontefract later this month. I know the production company have been in touch with Mrs OWL about such.

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There will be some more screenings at UK cinemas shortly.

There will be a number of postcards of the movie poster with dates and venues of the screenings distributed at the Fred Haise events in Ponetfract next week.

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I still want it on DVD.

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quote:
Originally posted by David C:
I still want it on DVD.

Me too.

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