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Spaced In/Out & Down to Earth

RintheshadowofthemoonWhile the Endeavor space shuttle was maneuvering in/out of the International Space Station today, the astronauts debating the repair requirements for its return to earth, I was talking (on the phone) to Buzz Aldrin and “In the Shadow of the Moon” director, England’s David Sington. (The docu screens this evening with Ron Howard hosting). The film received a rave review from Variety’s Todd McCarthy at Sundance on Jan.22. (Click here to read Todd McCarthy’s review of ‘In the Shadow of the Moon.’) It bows Sept.7 in L.A. He also appears in “The Wonder of It All” and is talking a feature, which “tells the challenges I had to deal with” post-Apollo 11 flight. The “challenges” (depression, etc.) will be played out by professional actors. Aldrin was at the Sundance bow of “In the Shadow of the Moon,” praises it at appearances. He tries “to do my best to bring together” the remaining astronauts and is working on a May 25, 2009, 60th anni reunion in St.Louis–their starting site. Aldrin has remained closest with Jim Lovell.

“A journey into inner space,” is the way “Shadow of the Moon” British director David Sington describes his next film. It’s the story of American justice–about an innocent man on death row who explores himself while in prison and is finally exonerated. “It’s a real American heroic experience,” says the British director who calls the Apollo flight a “Classic American experience. It’s what America is all about. Americans take it for granted, but it changed the world and changing the world is what America is all about.” Sington, who remains in contact with friends at NASA, says he’s trying to arrange a screening of “In the Shadow of the Moon” in the International Space Station. Running time is 96 mins. Can they get sprung from their chores to view “In the Shadow of the Moon”?

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