Embassy of Monaco Convenes the Principality’s Premiere of The Last Man on the Moon H.S.H. Prince Albert II to attend screening and “Pioneers & Innovators of Our Time” discussion on the future of air and space travel.
MONTE-CARLO, MONACO (November 4, 2016) – The Principality of Monaco will premiere the award-winning documentary film, The Last Man on the Moon (in English) at the Grimaldi Forum on Thursday, November 10, followed by a panel discussion with some of today’s eminent leaders in air and space travel and technology.
Held under the patronage of His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco, this initiative of the Embassy of Monaco in Washington, D.C., starts at 7:00pm with a screening – free and open to the public – of the film which is based on a story by Eugene Cernan about his two extraordinary missions to the moon and what he loved and lost in the process.
The screening will be followed by a 30-40 min. panel discussion on the theme of Pioneers and Innovators of Our Time (also in English) on air and space exploration that has changed and inspired the world, emphasizing the importance of clean technology for the future. Panelists will include U.S. astronaut Captain Eugene Cernan, NASA Chief Scientist Dr. Ellen R. Stofan, CNES & ESA astronaut Jean-François Clervoy, the film’s director and co-producer Mark Craig, executive producers Mark Stewart and Sir Jackie Stewart (champion Formula One driver, sports commentator and three-time winner of the Monaco Grand Prix), Chief Technical Officer of Thalès Alenia Space Patrick Mauté, and Dr. Ilhami Aygun, president & CEO of Space Systems International. Moderator is Eric Imbert, vice president, business development and sales at Thalès Alenia Space.
“I am truly honoured that The Last Man on the Moon is to be screened in such esteemed company in Monaco. It's been a long, memorable journey since the dream of making the film first took hold of me after reading Gene Cernan's book. He was one of the great pioneering space explorers of his time, and I greatly look forward to being part of a panel that includes people who are shaping the course of space travel in the future,” said Mark Craig, who also wrote the screenplay.
“Space exploration and the future of renewable energy technologies are both of the utmost importance for our planet and the survival of humankind. Monaco is proud to be at the forefront of these discussions and to bring together such distinguished leaders and pioneers from different parts of the globe to share in these important topics, and the Monaco premiere of The Last Man on the Moon provides us with the perfect launch pad,” said Her Excellency Maguy Maccario Doyle, the Principality’s Ambassador to the U.S.A. and the event’s convener.
“It’s an honor to celebrate the accomplishments of Gene Cernan and of all the men and women who are pioneers and innovators of our generation,” said NASA Chief Scientist Dr. Ellen Stofan. The Last Man on the Moon reminds us not only of the heroism of space exploration, but of the personal sacrifices made on this journey of discovery. The contributions made by these trailblazers have paved the way for human spaceflight, including NASA’s next journey—to Mars.”
Prior to the film screening from 5:30pm in the Salle Camille Blanc at the Grimaldi Forum, Dr. Stofan will discuss NASA’s journey to Mars, the importance of women in science and share details of her own inspiring career path.
One of the film’s executive producers, Mark Stewart said the film has been a labour of love for all involved in the production. “It was a great privilege to work with such a charismatic and historical figure like Gene Cernan and it is an honour to bring the film to Monaco, a place that is very close to my family’s heart. We hope that Gene Cernan’s story will inspire the audience in Monaco and around the world as much as it has inspired us.”
The organizers acknowledge and thank The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation – USA, Space Systems International, Venturi Automobiles, Monaco Economic Board, and the Lady Monika Bacardi Association for the Arts.
L I S T I N G S U M M A R Y
What: Screening “The Last Man on the Moon” (duration: 95 mins) In English
Panel discussion: “Pioneers & Innovators of our Time” (30-40 mins) In English
BONUS: Preceding the screening, NASA’s Journey to Mars; A Special Presentation by Dr. Ellen R.Stofan, NASA Chief Scientist from 5:30pm-6:30pm in the Salle Camille Blanc, Grimaldi ForumMonaco on November 10. Free and open to the public. RSVP per below.
When: Thursday, November 10, 2016 from 7:00pm
Where: Salle Camille Blanc, Grimaldi Forum Monaco, 10 avenue Princesse Grace, Monaco
Who: In the presence of His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco
U.S. Astronaut Captain Gene Cernan
NASA Chief Scientist Dr. Ellen R. Stofan
CNES and ESA Astronaut Jean-François Clervoy
Director and Co-producer Mark Craig
Executive producers Mark Stewart and Sir Jackie Stewart OBE (world champion F1 driver, sports commentator and three-time winner of the Monaco Grand Prix)
Chief Technical Officer of Thalès Alenia Space, Patrick Mauté, Dr. Ilhami Aygun, President and CEO of Space Systems International
Moderator: Eric Imbert, Vice President for business development & sales at Thalès Alenia Space
This event is an initiative of the Embassy of Monaco in Washington, D.C.
The convener is:
Her Excellency Maguy Maccario Doyle, Ambassador of Monaco to the United States.
The organizers acknowledge and thank the following for their gracious support:
The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation
The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation – USA
Lady Monika Bacardi Association for the Arts
Monaco Economic Board
Space Systems InternationalVenturi Automobiles
Free and open to the public but with prior reservation. Limited seating.
Reservations by November 4 to firstname.lastname@example.org
Information: www.monacodc.org/nov10 & www.thelastmanonthemoon.com Monaco Mediax +377 93 10 40 56
Press contacts: In Monaco: Carole Mandorlo, Monaco Mediax +377 93 10 40 53 email@example.com
In the United States: Elle Berdy, Embassy of Monaco, +1 917 689 7424 firstname.lastname@example.org
Film Awards and Accolades:
Winner Best Documentary, Houston Film Critics’ Awards 2016
Winner Best Documentary, AARP Film Awards 2016
Winner Best Director, Boulder International Film Festival 2016
Winner Student Jury Award InScience Film Festival, Netherlands 2015
SXSW Film Festival Official Selection 2015
Audience Award - Documentary, Newport Beach Film Festival 2015
Official Selection, Dublin International Film Festival 2015
Opening Night Film, Naples International Film Festival 2015
In Competition, Sarasota Film Festival 2015
Pioneers & Innovators of Our Time – Panel Discussion
Thursday, November 10, 2016 Salle Camille Blanc, Grimaldi Forum Monaco, 10 Avenue Princesse Grace
Distinguished panelists include:
U.S. Astronaut Captain Eugene Cernan (TBC)
During 20 years as a Naval Aviator, including 13 years with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Captain Eugene A. Cernan left his mark on history with three historic missions in space as the Pilot of Gemini IX, the Lunar Module Pilot of Apollo X, and the Commander of Apollo XVII. After flying to the moon not once, but twice, he also holds the distinction of being the second American to walk in space and the last man to have left his footprints on the lunar surface.
NASA Chief Scientist Dr. Ellen R. Stofan Dr. Ellen Stofan was appointed NASA Chief Scientist on August 25, 2013, serving as principal advisor to NASA Administrator Charles Bolden on the agency's science programs and science-related strategic planning and investments. Prior to her appointment, Stofan was vice president of Proxemy Research in Laytonsville, Md., and honorary professor in the department of Earth sciences at University College London in England. Her research has focused on the geology of Venus, Mars, Saturn's moon Titan, and Earth.
CNES and ESA Astronaut Jean-Francois Clervoy Jean-François Clervoy, is a French astronaut with the ESA (European Space Agency) and brigadier general from DGA (Defense procurement agency). He has logged 28 days and 3 hours in 439 earth orbits Seconded from the DGA, Clervoy was selected in 1985 by the French space agency CNES and then in 1992 by the European space agency ESA. He served as a mission specialist twice aboard the Space Shuttle Atlantis on mission STS-66 to study the atmosphere, and on mission STS-84 to re-supply the Russian space station Mir, and as a flight engineer aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery on mission STS-103 to repair the Hubble Space Telescope.
Director and co-producer Mark Craig Mark started out as a graphic designer with the BBC before moving into independent documentaries in 1998. Since then he has directed and produced a diverse slate of creative content and television programmes, often with a sporting theme. These include a trilogy of British motor-racing biopics on Jackie Stewart, Graham Hill, and Jim Clark, as well as his 2007 short documentary Talk to Me - which won a prestigious Grierson Award. His most recent film is the cinema documentary The Last Man on the Moon which has received widespread critical acclaim and numerous festival awards around the world.
Executive producer Mark Stewart Mark Stewart is an independent film producer. Based in London, UK and working with his experienced team at Mark Stewart Productions, Mark’s films and documentaries have won multiple awards in both cinema and television categories, and have examined diverse subjects from ancient Egypt and Formula 1 motorsport to Faberge eggs and aviation history. Mark’s recent theatrical releases include The Last Man on the Moon, the award-winning and critically acclaimed biopic about Apollo 17 astronaut Captain Gene Cernan.
Excutive Producer Sir Jackie Stewart OBE Born in 1939, Sir Jackie was involved with cars from an early age. Leaving school at 15, (his dyslexia undiagnosed until much later), he found his personal voice in sport; first as an Olympic-class shot, then in motor racing. In shooting Sir Jackie won the Coupe De Nations twice (British and Mediterranean Championships). He also won the Championships of Scotland, England, Ireland and Wales as well as the British Grand Prix of Shooting. Sir Jackie retired from shooting aged 23.
Chief Technical Officer, Thalès Alenia Space (Cannes), Patrick Mauté
Mr. Patrick Mauté serves as Senior Vice President and General Manager, Optical Observation and Science Business Unit of Thales Alenia Space. Previously, Mr. Mauté served as Director Business Unit Optical Earth Observation & Science and Director of European Programs at Thales Alenia Space since 2004. He began his career in the department of mission analysis, system engineering and advanced projects in 1982. From 1992 to 1999, Mr. Mauté served as Météosat Seconde Génération ... (MSG) Project Manager. From the early competitive phase until delivery of the Flight Model N°1. From 2000 to 2004, he served as Director of Satellites Programs in the Business Unit Observation & Science.
President & CEO of Space Systems International Dr. Ilhami Aygun, BSc, MSc, PhD Located in the heart of the business area of Monaco, Space Systems International (SSI) – Monaco S.A.M. is an integrated telecommunications service provider specialized in satellite telecommunications, formed in 2004 by the worldwide know experts and consultants.
Moderator Eric Imbert, Vice President, Business Development and Sales, Thalès Alenia Space (Cannes)