A documentary about astronaut Eugene “Gene” Cernan, has been set for theatrical, digital and video-on-demand release on February 26. Gravitas Ventures will handle the digital and VOD side of the film from UK-based producer/distributor Mark Stewart Productions. They will follow premieres in Washington and Houston in the days leading up to the release across all platforms. The documentary was unveiled in the U.S. at the 2015 SXSW film festival.
“This film is the story of a boy from ‘Any Town USA’ who grew up in a family of modest means and with a seemingly impossible dream to fly, ” Cernan said today, the 43rd anni of the day the Apollo 17 Commander set the Lunar Module Challenger down on the moon’s surface. “As fate would have it I lived that dream, becoming a Naval Aviator, which in turn gave me the opportunity to call the moon my home. I do hope people will enjoy the film, but far more important to me is my desire to inspire the passion in the hearts and minds of future generations of young men and women to see their own impossible dreams become a reality.”
“Many films have been made about space and going to the moon, and so I knew we would have to venture both deeper and bigger than ever before – both in human terms and as creative documentary for the big screen, ” said director and co-producer Mark Craig. “I’m very proud of what we’ve done with the film, and hope that audiences will be both gripped and moved by his epic story.”
Added Stewart, regarding the film’s subject: “It’s tough to think of a present-day American hero who can match up to him. Gene grew up in exceptional times – and exceptional times produce exceptional men, but real life is never that simple. This film is Gene’s story – and we hope that it will inspire people as much as it inspired us. We are delighted to be working with Gravitas Ventures as we reach out to audiences at home and around the world.”