Moonwalk One is a feature-length documentary film about the flight of Apollo 11, which landed the first humans on the Moon. Besides portraying the massive technological achievement of that event, the film places it in some historical context and tries to capture the mood and the feel of the people on Earth when man first walked on another world.
Kamecke’s film could be placed in a time capsule and removed some time in the distant future as an exact record of our feelings at the time.” So said Kathleen Carroll of the New York Daily News in 1972. NASA commissioned director Theo Kamecke to make the documentary only six weeks before Apollo 11s flight to the Moon in July 1969. But instead of a simple documentary film, what transpired was a philosophical and poetic record of Man's first attempt to walk on another world.
Opening dramatically with another of mankind s great achievements Stonehenge the film puts the triumph of the Moon shot into its proper historical context. Filmed across the World as the mission unfolded, Moonwalk One uniquely captured the essence of Apollo 11 in a way that subsequent documentaries could only mimic. Combined with Charles Morrow's breathtaking, avant-garde score and Laurence Luckinbill s inspiring narration this is a classic film for all time and makes for fascinating viewing today from the perspective of the early 21st Century. As Joseph Gelmis of the New York Daily Newsday declared in 1969; "Moonwalk One deserves to be a companion piece to Stanley Kubrik's masterwork 2001: A Space Odyssey."
Winner - Cannes Film Festival Prix Special