Ever since the United States beat the Soviet Union to the moon, there have been conspiracy theorists claiming it was a sham. There are even conspiracy theories about the conspiracy theories, like in Room 237 – a documentary about The Shining – which claims Stanley Kubrick littered the film with clues as his "confession" about helping the U.S. fake the moon landing.
Operation Avalanche takes a very tongue-in-cheek approach to that idea, going "behind the scenes" of a non-existent movie about a fake event. Writer-director Matt Johnson drew acclaim and controversy in 2013 with The Dirties, in which a movie dramatizing a school shooting gets disturbingly real. This one should be slightly less controversial and reach a wider audience.
The film played at plenty of festivals this year, including Sundance, SXSW and the Dallas International Film Festival, to name a few. It is set to open in limited release on September 16.