To The Moon: MPI Grad Screens @ Sundance and lands in IMAX Theaters with Apollo 11
When we think of hitting it big in the film festival circuit we think of the SUNANCE FILM FESTIVAL in Park City, Utah. When we think of making it to the big screen, there is none bigger than IMAX. Add to this mix a national theatrical release, interviews on CNN, MSN, and PBS and you've got the bucket list for every living breathing filmmaker on the planet. That's exactly what Todd Douglas Miller has achieved in his years since graduating the Motion Picture Institute's comprehensive one year filmmaking program (www.mpifilm.com).
Todd Miller Filmmaker Magazine Interview
The following is an interview Todd recently did with Filmmaker Magazine. In it he mentions MPI fondly and how he went from an aspiring filmmaker to a bonafide success by screening at Sundance and directing the critically acclaimed documentary APOLLO 11 that's playing across the nation in IMAX theatres.
Check out Todd's full interview below:
Todd Douglas Miller’s Apollo 11, which premiered at this year’s Sundance, originated from the simple idea of using archival footage to revisit, in time for its 50th anniversary, the first moon landing. For those who’ve grown up watching the same images trotted out over and over—Neil Armstrong bouncing on the moon, a burning ring of fire propelling itself backwards toward Earth as Apollo leaves the planet—the premise seems tedious and redundant, an ossified staple of Baby Boomer montages regularly intercut alongside clips of Woodstock and the Vietnam War, now freshly recharged by nationalistic rumblings about a space force. And as far as feature documentaries go, this ground was covered 30 years ago, when it was only the landing’s 20th anniversary, in Al Reinert’s For All Mankind. What else could there be to see? As the archival assembly of Apollo 11 demonstrates, plenty.