CAMDEN — The Points North Institute and the Camden Opera House continue its 2019 CIFF Selects series, Wednesday, July 24, at 7 p.m., with a special screening of the documentary, For All Mankind to mark the 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 mission.
The film was directed by Al Reinert, and includes a special score by Brian Eno.
In July 1969, the space race ended when Apollo 11 fulfilled President Kennedy’s challenge of “landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth.” No one who witnessed the lunar landing will ever forget it, according to CIFF, in a news release.
Al Reinert’s documentary For All Mankind is the story of the twenty-four men who traveled to the moon, told in their words, in their voices, using the images of their experiences.
“Fifty years after the first moon landing, it remains the most radical, visually dazzling work of cinema yet made about this earthshaking event,” said CIFF.
“This summer marks the 50th anniversary of this pivotal event, and we’re thrilled to share this cinematic masterpiece with our community,” said Ben Fowlie, executive and artistic director of the Points North Institute, in the release. “Last month we had the opportunity to screen a film about the influence of Woodstock on shaping a generation, so it seems fitting to follow it with another historic event from 1969.”
Tickets are $10 for adults and can be purchased on the day of show at the Camden Opera House box office, or in advance online at www.pointsnorthinstitute.org. All screenings are free for students under the age of 18, or who present a valid college ID.
The CIFF Selects program is sponsored by Bangor Savings Bank.
Upcoming CIFF Selects screening dates include August 28, September 25, and October 23. Q&As with filmmakers, either in person or via Skype, will follow select screenings.
The Camden International Film Festival will celebrate its 15th edition September 12-15. Passes are now on sale on their website.
Established in 2016, the Points North Institute is a launching pad for the next generation of nonfiction storytellers, according to the release. Building on the success of the Camden International Film Festival, which is now entering its 15th season, the Points North Institute’s mission is to bring together a unique, interdisciplinary community of filmmakers, artists, journalists, industry leaders and local audiences, forming a creative hub on the coast of Maine where new stories and talent are discovered, collaborations are born, and the future of nonfiction media is shaped.
Programs include the annual Camden International Film Festival and Points North Forum, as well as a year-round calendar of artist development initiatives that nurture the careers of diverse nonfiction storytellers and help them develop a stronger artistic voice.
Founded in 2005 and recognized as one of the top documentary film festivals in the world, the Camden International Film Festival (CIFF) brings the finest non-fiction cinema to the coast of Maine, showcasing nearly 80 documentary films from around the globe each fall.
Running concurrently with CIFF, the Points North Forum provides filmmakers and media artists with opportunities for professional development and creative inspiration.
The 2019 Camden International Film Festival and Points North Forum will take place September 12 - 15 in Camden, Rockport, and Rockland. For more information, visit the website, www.pointsnorthinstitute.org.