We are so very proud that our own Wallace Johnson, Author, Test Pilot, Worldprofit Platinum VIP Member and former member of the Apollo Space Project is part of this award winning documentary, "When We Were Apollo"
This documentary has won an Emmy Award for best historical documentary from the Suncoast Regional Emmy Chapter!
We received the happy news direct from Wallace Johnson this morning.
Dear "When We Were Apollo" Family,
I hope this message finds each and every one of you well and safe during these difficult times. I’m writing to let each of you know that our documentary film, "When We Were Apollo" had a very big night this past Saturday, winning an Emmy Award for best historical documentary from the Suncoast Regional Emmy Chapter! Here is a link to view the excerpt from the virtual award ceremony: https://fb.watch/2nlv9wLSSh
I want each of you to know that this film has exceeded my wildest expectations in every which way, and I couldn’t have asked for a more wonderful group of people to open their hearts and lives to me for the sake of telling this story. You have all changed my life for the better in so many ways, and I am eternally grateful to you for the chance you took on a filmmaker, unproven in the industry yet determined and passionate to share a story about Apollo from the perspective of the people who lived it and sacrificed so much to make it happen. I hope you’re each able to have as happy and enjoyable a Holiday season as possible, and I wish each of you all the best for a very healthy, happy and prosperous 2021. Thank you again for all that you did to make this film happen.
Sincerely, Zack Weil (Director)
Congratulations to all involved in bring this story to the screen.
A very personal look a how the Apollo space program affected the lives of a few people who were involved with the undertaking. There’s a definite lack of hard science and accompanying facts. I was left wanting a more technical information, and details about the program and the people who are in the Film. (Some are hardly introduced.)
The direction of the narrative is interrupted a couple times to bring us news bulletins; Ones that are there to support (what I think) is the main thrust of this story: that Apollo as a national mission was in some larger way, responsible for holding a nation, that was tearing itself apart, together. That through very large national scale goals, we were, and can be united and proud. With attention being given to Kennedy’s directive for governmental racial integration, Nasa became an equal opportunity employer, who in the hero role, could espouse the ideas of personal sacrifice, inclusion, personal excellence, and duty for the greater good. I like to hope this is true. Otherwise the film is nearly overwhelming with personal testimony as to how it felt to be part of this, and superficially how that manifested in areas of the interviewee’s lives that’s suitable for dinner party discussions. In the end, its testimony of a once great gathering of people to reach for a dream and achieve it.
This documentary is the most humanizing story behind the "greatest technological team ever assembled" in American history. Not just the astronauts, but the real-life, 12-14 hours per day employees who were responsible for making the Apollo missions happen. The interviews with team members were fascinating and exciting. The impact of their work went much deeper than what we heard in the news, and affected the families of each contracted employee. This is the behind-the-scenes scoop on the lives and work among this brilliant group of American patriots.