“Some may wonder why we’re playing a major studio release like First Man. For one, it’s the latest film by Damien Chazelle, who brought us both Whiplash and La La Land, and which were hugely popular in the Burns community. But equally, the film manages to be both understated and thrilling in turn, both emotionally reserved and cinematically expansive in a way that simply delighted us when we saw it at the Toronto Film Festival a few weeks ago, and we wanted to bring it here. We hope you enjoy it.”—JBFC Programming Director, Brian Ackerman
First Man is the riveting story of NASA’s mission to land a man on the moon. A visceral, first-person account based on the book by James R. Hansen, the film explores the sacrifices and the cost—on astronaut Neil Armstrong (Ryan Gosling) and on the nation—of one of the most dangerous missions in history. Written by Academy Award winner Josh Singer (Spotlight) and directed by Academy Award winner Damien Chazelle (La La Land).