Huntsville History is Apollo History
The spirit of Apollo
The Apollo program came to fruition in the Deep South, a region in the United States with a rich and complex history. The past few weeks, we have been focusing on digging deeper into the stories of some of the Apollo alumni who lived and worked in Huntsville, Alabama during the Apollo era. We are extremely thrilled to be able to share with you some of their stories in When We Were Apollo’s second trailer!
Watching and sharing just some of what these talented people experienced during the earliest days of the space program has us fired up. Of course, polishing along the way so that the film comes out just right is essential.
If you follow us on social media, we invite you to share the trailer with your friends and family on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. If you don’t already follow us, join the mission today for more updates, photos and videos!
We want to especially thank all of the Alabama Apollo program workers for their dedication to the spirit of Apollo as well as for the many stories shared with us. We can hardly contain our excitement for you to see the finished product!
What Makes Us Human
This is your story
There can be no doubt that the most anticipation the world has ever felt was in the months leading up to July 20th, 1969: when Apollo 11 landed on the moon. Those of us working on When We Were Apollo feel a similar sense of excitement and wonder as we look at how far we’ve come since we began our Kickstarter campaign. Filming a documentary that encompasses the voices of hundreds of thousands of workers is no easy feat. The passion of those we’ve met along the way, however, has only given us more fuel to power this production.
Over the last six months, our production crew has travelled back and forth between the homes of more than a dozen Apollo program engineers, technicians, secretaries, pilots, and the iconic sites where they spent their careers. It is an extraordinary honor to have met so many of the talented minds who made putting a man on the moon possible. It is even more valuable to see firsthand how personal the Apollo project is to them; how they continued to work towards a singular, collective goal all while balancing their personal lives. We’ve been able to really get to know the relationship between the Apollo program and the 400,000 workers, noting that for many, it wasn’t just a job.
Having completed a majority of principal photography, we are now in the beginning stages of the edit. We’ll be finishing up some final filming this summer, which will allow us to focus entirely on the rest of post production. We have our foundation, now it’s time to lay out the floorplan and put each piece into place. Our goal throughout every stage of this production has been to deliver a story that is more than ready–all systems go–come the fall when film festival submissions begin.
We are incredibly grateful for the contributions you’ve made to this project, and there are still ways to help When We Were Apolloreach its full potential:
- Donate to our Completion Fund in the form of a 100% tax deductible contribution
- Share the mission with your friends and family on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
- Stay up to date on the progress of When We Were Apollo and familiarize yourself with the first Trailer
- Continue to share your personal stories and memories with us!
The story of Apollo is unmatched and its legacy is profound. This is not just a story about science and technology; it’s a story about what makes us human. This is your story.
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.