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Main - Special Preview Screening of American Experience: “Chasing the Moon”

Participate in an exclusive preview and discussion of the new American Experience series, "Chasing the Moon," a six-hour documentary series about the space race, from its earliest beginnings to the monumental achievement of the first lunar landing in 1969 and beyond. We will be previewing a clip from Part 2: Earthrise which 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? Run time is 49 minutes. All ages welcome. This event is free, please RSVP here.

"Chasing the Moon" thoroughly reimagines the race to the moon for a new generation, upending much of the conventional mythology surrounding the effort. The three-part series recasts the Space Age as a fascinating stew of scientific innovation and PR savvy, political calculation and media spectacle, visionary impulses and personal drama. With no narration and using only archival footage—including a visual feast of previously lost or overlooked material—the film features new interviews with a diverse cast of characters who played key roles in these historic events. “Chasing the Moon” will premiere Monday-Wednesday, July 8-10, 2019, on KQED our local PBS station.

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