Using only archival footage—including previously lost material—the film reimagines the race to the moon upending much of the conventional mythology surrounding these historic events. Featuring key figures Buzz Aldrin, Frank Borman, Sergei Khrushchev, and Poppy Northcutt, the first woman to serve in the all-male bastion of NASA's Mission Control. 3 episodes, 6 hrs, 3 DVD or blu-ray discs.
A Place Beyond the Sky begins in 1957 and tracks the early years of the space race as the United States struggles to catch up with the Soviet Union. The episode reveals breathtaking failures and successes of the nascent American space program and demonstrates the stakes and costs of reaching the moon.
Earthrise covers 1964-1968, four heady, dangerous years in the history of the space race, focusing on the events surrounding the Apollo 1 and Apollo 8 missions. As Americans moved through the 60s and reflect on the challenges ahead, many begin to wonder: What exactly is it going to take to beat the Soviets to the moon?
Magnificent Desolation, which covers 1969-1970, takes Americans to the moon and back. Dreams of space dramatically intersect with dreams of democracy on American soil, raising questions of national priorities and national identity. The final episode also considers what happens to scientific and engineering programs - and to a country - after ambitious national goals have been achieved.
Making Chasing the Moon: Interview with Robert Stone
From childhood Robert Stone has been enamored with space and filmmaking. In this video he discusses gathering archival footage, his interviewing technique, the importance of the Earthrise photo and the monumental American race to the moon. Join the multi-award-winning, Oscar-nominated director on his 50-year journey from his early admiration of space to the making of Chasing the Moon.
Making Chasing the Moon: Behind the Scenes with Film Crew
Embark on the creation journey of Chasing the Moon with the film crew. Director Robert Stone and editor Lindy Jankura discuss their editing process, followed by the composer Gary Lionelli and his styling of the scores, then supervising sound editor Coll Anderson and his recreation of sounds, and finally the colorist Chad Smith in making the film's coloring cohesive.
Run Time: 6 hours
Number of discs: 3
Foreign Language Subtitles: No
Color or B&W: Color
Region Code: 1
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Audio Format: 5.1 Surround