Apollo 10 1/2:
A Space Age Childhood
Produced By Houston Cinema Arts Festival

Movies are non-ticketed events.  Seating is on a first come, first served basis.


To celebrate the 14th Annual Houston Cinema Arts Festival (November 10-17, 2022), Houston Cinema Arts Society and Houston First are proud to present a free, family-friendly screening of the Netflix film Apollo 10 ½: A Space Age Childhood at Miller Outdoor Theatre on Friday, November 4th.

Featuring the voice talents of Jack Black, Zachary Levi, and Glen Powell, this animated adventure from Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Richard Linklater tells the story of the first moon landing in the summer of 1969. We experience the triumphant moment from two interwoven perspectives – the astronaut and mission control view, and through the eyes of a kid growing up right here in Houston with intergalactic dreams of his own.

Taking inspiration from the celebrated Texas filmmaker’s own life, Apollo 10 ½: A Space Age Childhood is a snapshot of American life in the 1960s that is part coming of age, part societal commentary, and part out-of-this-world adventure.

This film is a love-letter to Houston, shown through a sweetly nostalgic lens as it depicts our community’s deep relationship with NASA and space exploration. Generations of Houstonians will have a blast sharing in the humor and heart of this story as they gather with friends and neighbors at one of the most beautiful spots in town, Miller Outdoor Theater.

Those who enjoy films with a strong Houston connection will find a lot to love at the Houston Cinema Arts Festival – a week of screenings, multimedia art exhibits, performances, and panel discussions that reflect and honor the diversity and dynamism of our city. As the only film festival in the world to collaborate with NASA, we are especially excited for the 8th year of CineSpace, a short film competition in which filmmakers from around the world create original works of art using imagery from NASA’s archives. As a Festival highlight, we’ll show the finalists at the Orange Show Center for Visual Arts on Sunday, November 13th, in a live event with astronauts, musicians, artists, a space-movie-themed costume contest, and fun exhibits for the entire family. Richard Linklater himself selects the winners, who are awarded cash prizes by NASA. This part of the Festival is free to Earthlings and aliens alike.

Last year, MovieMaker magazine named Houston Cinema Arts Festival one of “The 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World,” and this year will be even more exciting. To get passes or find out how you can be involved, check us out at cinemahtx.org – and we’ll see you at the movies!


Masks are strongly encouraged for all attendees.

No tickets are necessary for the Hill!

We thank you for your cooperation.

The show goes on rain or shine.

All performances at Miller Outdoor Theatre are funded in part by the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance.

Friday, November 4, 2022
7:30 pm (1h 40′)