June 29, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
The Reckson Center at the Museums at Mitchel - Cradle of Aviation
Charles Lindbergh Blvd
Garden City
NY 11530

Join the Gold Coast International Film Festival as we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing!  

Join GCIFF for a special screening of the Academy Award winning film ‘First Man.’ After the film hear first-hand accounts of the building of the Apollo Lunar Module at a special Q&A Panel featuring Retirees from Northrop Grumman and Grumman who worked on the Apollo program. Screening made possible by Science on Screen®

About The Film:

Damien Chazelle | USA & Japan | English | 141 min | Narrative 

On the heels of their six-time Academy Award®-winning smash, La La Land, Oscar®-winning director Damien Chazelle and star Ryan Gosling reteam to tell the riveting story behind the first manned mission to the moon, focusing on Neil Armstrong and the decade leading to the historic Apollo 11 flight. A visceral and intimate account of the legendary space mission that led Armstrong to become the first man to walk on the Moon. Told from Armstrong’s perspective and based on the book by James R. Hansen, the film explores triumph, sacrifice, and incredible leadership in the face of tragedy.  Steven Spielberg serves as an executive producer.

First Man was nominated for over 150 awards, including 4 Academy awards and won the 2018 Academy Award for Best Achievement in Visual Effects.

About The Speakers:

  • RICHARD “DICK” DUNNE was the chief spokesman  for the Grumman Corporation, which  designed  and  built the Apollo  Lunar Module.  He  witnessed all  of the manned  Apollo  missions and assisted CBS   television  in the setup  of the  simulated   Apollo Lunar  Module  broadcast  studio  in  Bethpage for  Apollo 11. He  was  awarded  a First Place Commendation  by  the Aviation/ Space  Writers Association for the Apollo  News  Reference  Handbook which  he produced and which  was  used  world-wide by news correspondents covering  the Apollo   missions. Dunne  has participated  in numerous space  events and  symposium at  the  Cradle of  Aviation.
  • HOWARD “HOWIE” FRAUENBERGER, was a co-op engineering intern running technical tests on the Lunar Excursion Module landing gear and in the Cold Flow area for final ascent & descent stage system tests before delivery to NASA. As a Thermodynamics Engineer he conducted transient thermal analysis of the cabin while on the lunar surface. Howie retired from Northrop Grumman two years ago as a technical fellow – the highest technical role in engineering.
  • MIKE LISA spent 36 years at Northrop Grumman. He worked as an engineer on the Lunar Excursion Module in 1963 until the program ended.  Mike was originally hired as an instrumentation engineer on the LEM, and later moved to environmental test and structural test engineering working directly on the LEM and its components.


About Cradle of Aviation:

The Cradle of Aviation Museum is an aviation and spaceflight museum located in East Garden City, New York on Long Island to commemorate Long Island’s part in the history of aviation. It is located on land once part of Mitchel Air Force Base which, together with nearby Roosevelt Field and other airfields on the Hempstead Plains, was the site of many historic flights. In fact, so many seminal flights occurred in the area, that by the mid-1920s the cluster of airfields was already dubbed the “Cradle of Aviation”, the origin of the museum’s name. The museum originally opened with just a handful of aircraft in the un-restored hangars in 1980. A major renovation and expansion program in the late 1990s allowed the museum to re-open in a state-of-the-art facility in 2002. Additional expansion plans are currently under development. The Cradle of Aviation Museum is an educational center preserving Long Island’s contribution to aerospace, science and technology by inspiring future generations through learning.

About Science on Screen:

The Gold Coast Arts Center and International Film Festival are honored to be one of the 2018–2019 Science on Screen® award recipients.

The series creatively pairs screenings of classic, cult, and documentary films with lively introductions by notable figures from the world of science, technology, and medicine. Science on Screen® is an initiative of the Coolidge Corner Theatre with major support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.