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Sept. 17: Hollywood Taps Carnegie Mellon's College of Engineering To Preview New Documentary About Space Exploration

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Hollywood Taps Carnegie Mellon's College of Engineering
To Preview New Documentary About Space Exploration

PITTSBURGH — Carnegie Mellon University's College of Engineering was recently selected to preview a new documentary about the 1969 Apollo moon landing. The screening of "In the Shadow of the Moon" will be held on campus at 7:30 p.m., Sept. 19 in the University Center's McConomy Auditorium.

Academy award-winning filmmaker Ron Howard has partnered with THINKFilm to present the documentary to a broad audience of both college students and the general public.

"We selected Carnegie Mellon to show this 95-minute documentary about the Apollo space program because of its top-ranked engineering and research programs," said Nick Tarnowski, the film's national promotion manager and a public relations professional with Philadelphia-based Allied Advertising.   

The documentary, which is open for viewing by the entire Carnegie Mellon campus, begins in the early 1960s with President Kennedy's stated ambition to put Americans on the moon first.  It culminates in Apollo 11's successful lunar landing and the extraordinary global impact that event had. Ten of the surviving astronauts who journeyed to the moon tell their stories in their own words, accompanied by spectacular NASA footage that has never been seen before by the public.

"I think it's a wonderful privilege for our students to be given the opportunity to view 'In the Shadow of the Moon' right here on campus. It's a chance for them to learn more about an important historic moment from those who experienced it firsthand," said Kurt Larsen, assistant dean of undergraduate studies at Carnegie Mellon's College of Engineering.

The film made its premiere earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award for best documentary.

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