“When we saw those first images come off the scanner, that’s when we really knew. It was jaw-dropping, to say the least”
– Director and editor Todd Douglas Miller
You might think that 50 years after humankind’s first steps on the moon, the world would have seen all of the best footage from that historic event.
But you haven’t seen everything.
“Apollo 11” isn’t like other documentaries about the first moon mission. In fact it isn’t like most other movies, period. It’s magnificent and unique, an adrenaline shot of wonder and skill.
Todd Douglas Miller, who edited and directed “Apollo 11,” tells the story entirely in the present tense, omitting the historian interviews and vintage news clips that you expect to see in films on this topic. Even though the filmmaker gained access to previously-unseen archival footage and previously-unheard audio recordings, and synced them to create an almost vertigo-inducing sense of immediacy, this isn’t a history lesson. It’s more like a psychedelic sound-and-light show, conceived in the spirit of a “trip” film like “2001: A Space Odyssey,” “Woodstock,” “Apocalypse Now” and “Koyaanisqatsi.”