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Interactive: March 11–15  •  Film: March 11–19  •  Music: March 15–20

Operation Avalanche

Thursday, March 17
7:30PM - 9:04PM

Alamo Ritz 1
320 E 6th St


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1967, the height of the cold war: the global race to put a man on the moon is afoot. Suspicions are brewing within the CIA that a Russian spy has infiltrated the inner-circle of NASA in an attempt to sabotage the Apollo Program. Two young agents from the CIA’s A/V department present a plan to expose the mole, and their supervisors reluctantly agree. They go undercover as filmmakers tasked with documenting the nation’s journey from the earth to the moon. To the chagrin of the powers that be, these crack agents uncover a conspiracy far more shocking than Soviet spies. The government is hiding a dark secret about Apollo, and the White House will stop at nothing to silence those who discover it.

Section: Festival Favorites
Country: United States
Language: English
Year: 2015
Runtime: 94min

Director: Matt Johnson

Executive Producer: Aram Tertzakian, Nick Spicer, Nate Bolotin

Producer: Matthew Miller, Lee Kim, Matt Johnson

Screenwriter: Matt Johnson, Josh Boles

Cinematographer: Andrew Appelle, Jared Raab

Editor: Curt Lobb

Production Designer: Chris Crane

Additional Credits: Animator: Tristan Zerafa, Composer: Jay McCarrol, Music Supervisor: David Hayman

Principal Cast: Matt Johnson, Owen Williams, Andy Apele, Jared Raab, Josh Boles, Director Brackett, Sharon Belle, Julie Williams


Matt Johnson was born in Toronto and studied film at York University. He co-created the series NIRVANA THE BAND THE SHOW (2009) and directed THE DIRTIES (2013) .

Distributor: Adam Sorensen

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