February 25th, 2021

Todd Douglas Miller’s APOLLO 11: QUARANTINE to Premiere for Television Saturday, March 6th

New documentary short includes never-before-seen footage of the three-week quarantine of the historic mission astronauts

Trailer: https://f.io/c8l3Qigv

CNN Films today announced the television premiere of APOLLO 11: Quarantine, a new short film from award-winning director and producer Todd Douglas Miller (APOLLO 11, Dinosaur 13), for Saturday, March 6 at 9:00pm Eastern on CNN.  Miller previously created the 2019 cinematic event documentary feature, APOLLO 11, which was honored with three Emmy® Awards and was the highest-grossing documentary film of that year.

The all-archival APOLLO 11: Quarantine is created primarily from previously unseen, pristine 70mm footage from the National Archives and NASA, the same source material used for APOLLO 11.  The crisp images of APOLLO 11: Quarantine begins with the return of mission astronauts Edwin ‘Buzz’ Aldrin, Neil Armstrong, and Michael Collins, who were medically-quarantined following their return to Earth in the summer of 1969.  Although largely unknown to the general public, these extraordinary measures were taken to protect the world from any contamination with microorganisms or other material the astronauts may have inadvertently transported from the Moon.  The film shows that, as the world feted their extraordinary achievement, their families waved at them through the windows of the Lunar Receiving Laboratory (LRL) in Houston.  Out of an abundance of caution, the astronauts were confined to the module for 21 days from their initial exposure to the lunar surface.

Miller’s film, produced and directed during a semi-quarantine of a different era, is intended to offer encouragement for viewers.  The crew’s inspiring mission was not completed until the end of their three-week medical quarantine.  Their personal sacrifice offers viewers a reminder of the human capacity for resilience at the current moment of national crisis.

Miller produced APOLLO 11: Quarantine with Laura Kirby-Miller, Thomas Baxley Petersen, and Evan Krauss.  The film is executive produced by Amy Entelis and Courtney Sexton for CNN Films; Josh Braun for Submarine; and Tom Quinn for NEON.   NEON released the film in IMAX theaters in last month.

During the March 6 television premiere, APOLLO 11: Quarantine will stream live for subscribers via CNNgo (CNN.com/go and via CNNgo apps for Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire, Chromecast, Samsung Smart TV, and Android TV) and on the CNN mobile apps for iOS and Android.  For a limited period beginning Sunday, March 7, the film will be available on demand for cable and satellite system subscribers and via CNNgo platforms and CNN mobile apps.  For the 2019 documentary, CNN Films produced a companion podcast, APOLLO 11: Beyond the Moon, which remains available for users interested in more information about the mission.  APOLLO 11: Beyond the Moon, includes an exclusive interview with Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins and CNN’s Brian Stelter.  The podcast series may be found by visiting: https://www.cnn.com/audio/podcasts/apollo-11-beyond-the-moon


CNN Films produces and acquires documentary feature and short films for theatrical and festival exhibition and distribution across CNN’s multiple platforms.  Amy Entelis, executive vice president of talent and content development, oversees the strategy for CNN Films; Courtney Sexton, senior vice president for CNN Films, works day-to-day with filmmakers to oversee projects.  For more information about CNN Films, please visit www.CNN.com/CNNFilms, follow @CNNFilms via Twitter, and join Keep Watching, an exclusive, members-only community for CNN Films & CNN Original Series https://cnn.it/3qTScB4.  The Emmy® Award-winning APOLLO 11, the giant screen film APOLLO 11: First Steps Edition, and the documentary short about the final Apollo mission, The Last Steps, are each directed by Todd Douglas Miller and are CNN Films.  Other acclaimed CNN Films include the Academy Award®-nominated, BAFTA-nominated, and Emmy® Award-winning RBG, directed by Betsy West and Julie Cohen; JIMMY CARTER: Rock & Roll President, directed by Mary Wharton; and the Emmy® Award-nominated, BAFTA-nominated Three Identical Strangers, directed by Tim Wardle.

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