A Note From Our Director
by Zachary Weil
I’m a huge fan of the movies that have been made about the Apollo Space Program—those that tell the stories of the astronauts, the missions and the great leaders that inspired us to think it was possible. But I’ve also wondered what putting a human being on the moon was like for the rest of Apollo’s workforce. We don’t often think about it, but over 400,000 Americans participated in what remains the single largest initiative in peacetime the world has ever known. This film shares their story.
Imagine what it was like: an inspiring leader says, let’s put a human being on another planetary body. We think we can do it, but it will take an enormous collective effort to get us there. And wouldn’t it be great if we could do it all in less than ten years. What’s magical about the story of Apollo is that hundreds of thousands of people across our country heard this call-to-action and said, “yeah, let’s go for it!” It’s this spirit of saying “yes” to a challenge as ambitious as Apollo that makes humanity great. And it's a quality I never want us to forget.
The spirit of Apollo – that belief that we can do the big things regardless of what stands in our way—is still with us. And we want to make sure it continues on as we chart a course forward. It’s our deepest hope through this film and beyond that we will always endeavor to do the big things, especially when times are hard, because they push us to become the best versions of ourselves. But like Apollo, it’s up to us to make it happen.
It Takes A Village
Here we are, on the launchpad, counting down to liftoff as our director and Director of Photography are setting out for the first official foray to the South and the region around the Space Coast, ready to set our cameras to roll. Just as a movement of strangers from around the country came together to get us to the moon nearly fifty years ago, supporters from all across the United States have donated to our film on Kickstarter to provide the seed funding we needed to bring the stories behind the Apollo Space Program's story to the screen. The funds and enthusiasm of our community of supporters fills us with a new hope, excitement and energy to hit the ground running at the start of 2018.
We've just launched this new website, and in the coming days and months we will be traveling the country, capturing interviews, and doing our best to continue to share content and our progress on this page, on our Facebook page and our Instagram account.
For now, let us just say thank you to all those who helped us make it this far. You've made our desire to tell this story about the everyday people behind Project Apollo possible, and we will never forget your generosity and willingness to believe in our abilities and passions. When We Were Apollo is not just our story. It's your story. It's a great American story. And we hope this incredible achievement will translate into one of the great human stories of our time.