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Santa Maria, CA, United States, 2007/10/03 - President Edmund Burke of Space Information Laboratories, Inc. (SIL) announced today that the critically acclaimed, award-winning documentary, “The Wonder of It All,” will have a special viewing open to the public on Saturday, November 17, 2007.
The film, to be shown at the Endeavour Center near Vandenberg Air Force Base, is an 82-minute documentary produced and directed by Jeffrey Roth, that explores the lives of seven of the twelve astronauts who walked on the moon, and the impact that event had on their lives.
“The Endeavour Center Open House and special viewing of the ‘The Wonder of it All’ space film will motivate students to explore space science and technology,” explained Burke. “The film will inspire students, families and the public to appreciate life on Earth, and provide motivation to follow their dreams in pursuing high-tech careers.” Burke’s organization, SIL, is actively involved in programs that inspire the next generation in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and is also a participant of the California Innovation Corridor that is funded by the Workforce Innovation in Regional Economic Development (WIRED) initiative.
“The Wonder of It All” focuses on the “rarely told human side of the men behind the Apollo missions to the Moon,” added the film’s Executive Producer/Director Jeffrey Roth. “This film weaves the astronauts’ insightful interviews with rarely seen private family photos and NASA archival footage to poignantly tell their unique story in their own words.”
Described by NBC News Space Analyst James Oberg as having “seamless editing” with a narrative that is “absolutely perfect,” it is not surprising that the film took “Winner – Special Jury Award for Documentary from Worldfest, and won Second Place at the Rhode Island International Film Festival. The film delves into the lives and experiences of former astronauts Buzz Aldrin, Alan Bean, Edgar Mitchell, Harrison Schmitt, Charles Duke, Eugene Cernan and John Young, and took over two and a half years to produce.
“The Endeavour Center is offering us a great opportunity to see this film,” noted California Space Authority (CSA) Media/PR Manager, Wil Simon. “Roth’s documentary is a compelling, humanistic story, about how each man was affected in a unique way by walking on the surface of the moon. People love to know what makes a pioneer ‘tick’ and this film offers a unique perspective on these men.”
“The Wonder of It All” has special screenings scheduled for October 13th at the Smithsonian – National Mall in Washington, D.C., October 21st at the Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival, and October 22-23rd in Norway at the Bergen International Film Festival.