It's hard to believe it's already been two years since the premiere of Apollo 11, one of the first movies I saw at my first Sundance. The film was an incredible in-theater experience and one of the best of 2019. But a sequel was the last thing I expected. But Neon and CNN have teamed up for one of the first pleasant surprises of the new year.
Given that we've all been stuck in our homes for quite a while, this is a timely follow-up. The short film uses the same treasure trove of archival footage Todd Douglas Miller used to assemble the feature. But while the doc only covered the launch, landing and successful return of the mission crew, this short covers the three-week quarantine the astronauts underwent before they could go back to their families. Neon will push the short for Academy Awards consideration, and hopefully it can succeed where the feature came up short. Frankly, it's a travesty the doc wasn't also nominated for Best Original Score and Best Film Editing.
Apollo 11: Quarantine will be released exclusively in IMAX theaters on January 29, and what I wouldn't give to be able to safely see this on the biggest screen possible. It will be available on VOD on February 5.