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Inspired by the true story
On the eve of the Challenger explosion in 1986 one engineer goes to the extreme to stop the launch. A hot-headed engineer makes a desperate race against the clock to call off the billion dollar multi-delayed Challenger launch, convinced the O-ring seals will fail and kill everyone on board. The Company, Marshall Space Flight and NASA made a business decision. He made a human decision.
Filmmaker Nathan VonMinden
Angry Men is the 2nd film by Nathan VonMinden. Nathan's first film, Uganda Man (2011), was made for less than $5,000 and made over $200,000 for producer Attack Poverty. Nathan VonMinden has also directed hundreds of short films of all genres and types over his 14 year career.
Angry Men is intended to be a 90 minute dramatic performance film for release on VOD (video on demand) in the Spring/Summer of 2018. Plans have begun to shoot the film in San Antonio, TX Dec 27 - Jan 12 (approx.)
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Did you know The Space Shuttle Challenger was set to launch the day before when everything would have been fine but the door handle got stuck? Embarrassed in the public eye, NASA pushes to the next day, making it the coldest launch in history. Our main character, Adam, chief jerk and o-ring expert, learns this and flips out. Knowing the cold will cause the o-rings to fail he sets out to get the launch cancelled. Having burned all of his bridges, no-one in charge will listen to just Adam. To his chagrin he has to start by convincing his colleagues, who are concerned about further embarrassing NASA, who can fire their company and put thousands of people out of work. Adam doesn’t care. Only the cold hard facts matter to him. It’s an engineering problem. Look at the data. The Company managers have an economic problem. The Department on Defense (DOD) pays NASA to put satellites into orbit and they want 24 launches a year but they are only getting 1 a month. The space program is being managed more like a bus line.
After many confrontations and insults, The Company (Utah), Kennedy Space Center (Florida) and Marshal Space Flight (Alabama) go head to head to head in a knock-down drag-out fight utilizing the height of technology, the conference call. It’s like a Rocky fight but with words, engineers and faxes. NASA will not go against The Company and threatens them to change their mind. The Company caves and tries to get our heroes to sign a recommendation to launch. They refuse. Adam realizes too late it wasn’t an economic/engineering/management problem but a human problem.
The rest is history. The moment of the explosion we are inside the cockpit with the crew, whom we know survived the initial explosion from evidence of emergency oxygen switches all switched on. President Reagan speaks to the nation and 1 month later The Rogers Commission is having inquiries to investigate the decision making in the space program that lead to the death of 7 people. Adam and the other engineers see the fateful meeting being covered up and they put their jobs and reputations on the line by speaking out in a final battle on the national stage.
Filmed in the window of time that the engineers tried to call off the launch. The characters are fictionalized and condensed but the truth of the story remains in tact. Nathan VonMinden, who has a degree in Aerospace Engineering, researched the story for 8 years and wrote the screen play based primarily on the public records in the Report of the PRESIDENTIAL COMMISSION on the Space Shuttle Challenger Accident. Linear, fast paced, and lots of insults, Angry Men is a behind the scenes story of a defining American moment that marks time for anyone who lived through it. The film is factual entertainment that history lovers will enjoy.