Indie Random Media Issues Faux Doc ‘The Landing,’ About Apollo Mission That Never Was

Random Media, the independent film company launched by ex-Paramount Pictures home video chief Eric Doctorow, is hoping to capitalize on the “fake news” phenomenon.

Random on Oct. 2 releases on digital and DVD The Landing, a “documentary” about the disastrous Apollo 18 mission. The story takes place years after the mission’s controversial catastrophe that left two American astronauts dead and which marked the end of U.S. moon missions.

Fake news. There was no Apollo 18 mission. The Apollo program ran from 1961 until 1972 and resulted in six successful moon landings, with four more planned. The program ended, early, with the seventh attempt, by Apollo 17.

The Landing is the product of filmmakers David and Mark Dodson, who created the film first as a short and, years later, developed it into a full-length faux documentary, with the benefit of having the same actors recreating their roles.

A production of Los Angeles-based Rocket 66 Entertainment, The Landing was released theatrically by broadband distributor myCinema (  “The theatrical distribution marked a new era of digital cinema using myCinema to deliver high quality moving images via broadband into the theaters,” Random says in a news release.

Prior to its theatrical release, The Landing made waves on the 2017 film festival circuit, perplexing audiences and dividing opinions on what is fact and what is fiction.

The film racked up several honors at such prestigious film festivals as the Austin Film Festival (where it won the Audience Award and was named “An Official Buzz Film”), the Seattle International Film Festival (Official Selection and finalist, New American Cinema Competition), the Boston Sci-Fi Film Festival (winner, Best Director), the Burbank International Film Festival (winner, Best Feature, Thriller) and Escape Velocity 2017 (winner, Best Feature).

The release coincides with the 60th anniversary of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), which was established by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1958.