Friday, September 23, 2016
By Tinsel & Tine Editor, Le Anne Lindsay
Enter OPERATION AVALANCHE a faux documentary movie which explores the how, who and what fors of creating the Moon Landing Hoax through the lens of two young, Harvard recruited CIA Agents/Documentary Filmmakers and out of the box thinkers.
Finished with their first mission investigating Stanley Kubrick as a possible Pinko, Matt Johnson (Matt Johnson) and Owen Williams (Owen Williams) want to be put on the mission to find a mole inside NASA. They come up with the brilliant plan to infiltrate the Space Administration by posing as documentary filmmakers. During the course of their operation, they discover NASA's not really ready to land a man on the moon; that they are probably still a good 4 or 5 years away. This is a problem because the delay will surely allow the Russians to get there first and JFK promised this feat would happen before the end of the decade, and although he's gone, his words live on... So Matt & Owen, their camera crew along with a semi-douchebag senior agent (Jared Raab) set out to create the Moon Landing in a movie studio, only the price of fooling America can come at the highest cost.
? Well, something like that.
The movie actually only cost 1Mil to make - a sum given to them in good faith by Lionsgate who optioned the movie on a pitch based on the success of Johnson & writing partner, Josh Boyles first film The Dirties, which won Grand Jury Prize for Best Narrative at the 2013 Slamdance Film Festival.
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OPERATION AVALANCHE INTERVIEWBest of all... I got to interview Matt Johnson and Producer Matt Miller while they were in Philadelphia promoting the film. I get a rush out of interviewing filmmakers and actors, but it's so gratifying when you can tell the person(s) is really responding and taking note of you!
T&T: You talk about the moon landing as being a time in history that Americans point to as a defining moment of pride. But do you think your generation and younger would really be affected if it were found out to have been an elaborate hoax?
CLICK SOUND FILE for Matt's response...
Operation Avalanche Would Millennials care?
Here's a few more of the questions I asked the Matts:
T&T: The Matt Johnson in Operation Avalanche seemed to eat, drink, sleep the mission, where the on screen Owen Williams had a wife and baby, Matt acts as if nothing else in his life exists. When you were making the film were you that submerged, do friends, family, other projects go off to the side or are you a good multi-tasker?
T&T: I know you two don't personally believe the Moon Landing was faked and even discovered while making Operation Avalanche just how almost impossible it would have been to do, still, what kind of responses are you getting from those that run websites passionately attesting to the Apollo 11 Lunar Landing as a hoax?
T&T: Shooting undercover at NASA & Shepperton Studios was greatly out of budget constraints, but there’s also a sense of ingenuity and daring to it all. Would you say that’s a big part of what drew you to wanting to make films in the first place? And would you then ever want to do a big studio blockbuster where you don’t have to be as inventive because you’d have a larger budget?
A Lionsgate release. Produced by Matthew Miller, Lee Kim, Matt Johnson. Executive producers, Aram Tertzakian, Nick Spicer, Nate Bolotin. Co-producer, Jared Raab.
Directed by Matt Johnson. Screenplay by Matt Johnson, Josh Boles;
Camera (color, HD-to-Super 16-to-HD), Andy Appelle, Jared Raab; Editor, Curt Lobb; Music Supervisor, David Hayman; Production Designer, Chris Crane; Art Director, Zosia Mackenzie; Set Decorators, Tom Erik Rossavik, John O'Regan; Costume Designer, Megan Oppenheimer; Supervising Sound Editor/Re-Recording Mixer, Matthew Chan; Visual Effects Supervisor, Tristan Zerafa; Special Effects Coordinator, Mel Ramsey; Stunt Coordinator, Emilio “Chino” Ramirez; Assistant Director, Matt Greyson; Casting, Millie Tom. @OpAvalanche #OperationAvalanche
T & T's LAMB (movie bloggers association) Score:4.5 outta 5
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