• 2019 documentaries – “Apollo 11,” “Ask Dr. Ruth” – at The Varsity

    April 11, 2019
    Two new documentaries will be shown on the big screen at The Varsity. “Apollo 11” will be shown on Sunday, April 28. “Ask Dr. Ruth” will be shown on Sunday, May 5. Both documentaries will be shown at 5 and 7:30 p.m. Both films made premiered at 2019’s Sundance Film Festival.

    “Apollo 11” is a close look at NASA’s Apollo 11 space mission to land on the moon, led by commander Neil Armstrong and pilots Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins. The documentary features never-before-seen, large-format film footage from one of humanity’s great accomplishments, which took place in 1969.

    The film – assembled from a newly discovered archive of 65 mm footage more than 11,000 hours of uncatalogued audio recordings – tells the story of the first moon landing as if it were a Hollywood thriller, as described by QUARTZY.COM. There are no interviews with the subjects, no heavy narration. What you’ll see are only the sounds and images of the occasion, stunning and immediate. “It’s remarkable how well Miller (director Todd Douglas Miller) has adjusted his style here not just to suit this material, but also to evoke the era in which it was originally shot.”

    “Apollo 11” is rated G and runs 93 minutes.

    “Ask Dr. Ruth” chronicles the incredible life of Dr. Ruth Westheimer, a Holocaust survivor who became America's most famous sex therapist. With her diminutive frame, thick German accent and uninhibited approach to sex therapy and education, Dr. Ruth transformed the conversation around sexuality. As she approaches her 90th birthday and shows no signs of slowing down, Dr. Ruth revisits her painful past and unlikely path to a career at the forefront of the sexual revolution.

    “Maybe we don’t look at Dr. Ruth and impose the weight of the world on her slight shoulders in the way we do with Ruth Bader Ginsburg,” reports Entertainment Weekly. “Still, ‘Ask Dr. Ruth’ has no trouble arguing that this spirited immigrant, who has happily played up her own person for humor and silliness, has had a tangible impact that goes well beyond the punchlines or the explicit individualized advice.”

    The 2019 Sundance Film Festival favorite runs 1 hour and 40 minutes. It is not rated.

    Tickets for each documentary showing are $10 and are available in advance at www.thevarsitycenter.eventbrite.com. Tickets also will be available at the venue when doors open. Tickets are not available in advance at the venue.

    Doors and the Varsity Bar open 30 minutes before showtimes.

    The Varsity is downtown Carbondale at 418 S. Illinois Ave. Go to www.thevarsitycenter.org or www.facebook.com/varsitycenter to keep up with all upcoming events.