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Statement by Rick and Mark Armstrong and James Hansen Regarding "First Man"

Press Release From: SpaceRef Interactive, Inc.
Posted: Tuesday, September 4, 2018

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The following statement was issued by Statement Issued by Rick and Mark Armstrong and James Hansen

"We've read a number of comments about the film today and specifically about the absence of the flag planting scene, made largely by people who haven't seen the movie.  As we've seen it multiple times, we thought maybe we should weigh in.
 
This is a film about what you don't know about Neil Armstrong.  It's a film that focuses on things you didn't see or may not remember about Neil's journey to the moon.  The filmmakers spent years doing intensive research to get at the man behind the myth, to get at the story behind the story.  It's a movie that gives you unique insight into the Armstrong family and fallen American Heroes like Elliot See and Ed White.  It's a very personal movie about our dad's journey, seen through his eyes.
 
This story is human and it is universal.   Of course, it celebrates an America achievement.  It also celebrates an achievement "for all mankind," as it says on the plaque Neil and Buzz left on the moon.   It is a story about an ordinary man who makes profound sacrifices and suffers through intense loss in order to achieve the impossible.  And in that, it is a story for a generation now facing challenges as great as landing on the moon.
 
Although Neil didn't see himself that way, he was an American hero.  But he was also an engineer and a pilot, a father and a friend, a man suffered privately through great tragedies with incredible grace.  This is why, though there are numerous shots of the American flag on the moon, the filmmakers chose to focus on Neil looking back at the earth, his walk to Little West Crater, his unique, personal experience of completing this journey that has seen so many incredible highs and devastating lows.
 
In short, we do not feel this movie anti-American in the slightest.  Quite the opposite.  But don't take our word for it.  We'd encourage everyone to go see this remarkable film and see for themselves."

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