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How Filmmakers Faked the Moon Landing Inside Real NASA  

Matt Johnson and Matthew Miller tricked America’s space agency into helping them with the new conspiracy mockumentary, Operation Avalanche.

A scene from "Operation Avalanche."

A scene from Operation Avalanche.

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For their second movie, Matt Johnson and Matthew Miller gave themselves a challenge: Make a period mockumentary about the faking of the moon landing, on a total shoestring budget. Johnson says the finished product, Operation Avalanche, wouldn’t have been possible without the (unwitting) support of NASA, who let the filmmakers shoot inside the unaltered mission control from 1969. The film opens across North America this month.

On the Spiel, Mike tries to get through to those millennials kicking the tires on Gary Johnson and Jill Stein.

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