Chasing The Moon Screenings

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing, Chasing the Moon Series Explores the 10-Year Space Race Odyssey

Chasing the Moon, a new 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, will premiere Monday through Wednesday, July 8-10, 2019, 9:00 - 11:00 pm on PBS. Scheduled in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, Chasing the Moon is a film by Robert Stone and marks his eighth project for American Experience.

While other documentaries have largely painted a familiar narrative of goals set, obstacles overcome, disasters averted and missions accomplished, Chasing the Moon tells a vastly more entertaining and surprising story. As the film reveals, the drive to land a man on the moon was fueled as much by politics as it was by technology and was a controversial undertaking during a volatile time.

The broadcast of Chasing the Moon will be accompanied by a multi-platform engagement campaign, including a series of screening events and discussions hosted by universities, museums and public television stations around the country, as well as an immersive, interactive website hosting original digital content that further explores themes and topics from the film. In addition to the July 8-10 broadcast premiere, Chasing the Moon will have an encore broadcast on Tuesdays, July 16, 23 and 30, 9:00-11:00 pm, and a marathon broadcast on Saturday, July 20, 3:00-9:00 pm.

Community Screenings:

Special Maine Public Screening and Panel Discussion Led by Irwin Gratz
Wednesday, June 19 @ 7:00 pm
The Southworth Planetarium on the University of Southern Maine Campus
70 Falmouth St., Portland
All tickets to this screening have been reserved.

Tuesday, June 25 @ 7:00 pm
South Berwick Public Library
27 Young St., South Berwick
No registration necessary

Special Maine Public Screening and Panel Discussion Led by Irwin Gratz
Wednesday, June 26 @ 7:00 pm
Emera Astronomy Center & Jordan Planetarium
167 Rangeley Rd., Orono
Screening begins promptly at 7:00
The panel discussion moderated by Irwin Gratz immediately follows the screening.
Shawn Laatsch — Director, Emera Astronomy Center & Jordan Planetarium, University of Maine
David Batuski — Professor and Chair, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Maine
Dick Cattelle — Vice President, Challenger Learning Center, Bangor Maine
Neil Comins — Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Maine
All tickets to this screening have been reserved.

Thursday, June 27 @ 2:00 pm
Fryeburg Public Library
515 Main St., Fryeburg
Call for registration (207-935-2731) and ask for Jennifer Spofford.

Saturday June 29 at 1:00 pm
Fort Fort Fairfield Public Library
339 Main Street
Fort Fairfield
FREE, no tickets required. Seating provided first come, first serve.

Friday, July 5 @ 7:00 pm
Hancock Avenue Arts Center
8 Hancock Avenue
Tickets free at the door with a seating capacity of 90 attendees.