MoonShot: The Remarkable Journey of Apollo Chamber Players tells the story of four musicians from different backgrounds who came together to create one of the boldest, most innovative ensembles in the world.
MoonShot is a tale of resilience and determination, of musical inclusivity that has reimagined what it means to be a performing arts ensemble in the 21st century. The film chronicles the origins of Apollo’s musicians; it’s groundbreaking 20×2020 commissioning project reflecting one of the world’s most culturally diverse cities; and the challenges overcome – and milestones achieved – during the COVID-19 pandemic.
MoonShot was produced by Jeffrey Mills of Houston-based Documentary Alliance, platinum Remi-Winner of the WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival. The film features a new soundtrack composed by Scott Szabo, a gold medal winner of the Park City Film Music Festival, performed by Apollo and acclaimed concert pianist Andrew Staupe. Narration by St. John Flynn, former Arts & Culture Director of Houston Public Media.
MoonShot was filmed in Houston, Texas, with interviews at NASA’s Space Center Houston, and stars Chickasaw composer Jerod Tate and astronaut John Herrington, the first American Indian to fly in space. The film was underwritten by a highly competitive Artistic Innovations grant award from Mid-America Arts Alliance.