Open Dialogue with “Good Night Oppy” director Ryan White.

Writer, director, producer Ryan White offers thoughts on the making of the award-winning documentary Good Night Oppy. This doc explores the unbelievable true story of the NASA Mars rover “Opportunity.” A mission that was designed for 90-days mission ended up lasting from 15 years.


A photo still from the documentary GOOD NIGHT OPPY. Photo courtesy of Prime Video. © AMAZON CONTENT SERVICES LLC.

White speaks with Thomas Manning about the monumental amounts of archive footage, working with ILM, and the two-time Oscar-winning sound designer who brought an extra layer of audio life to Oppy. All that and more on this episode of Open Dialogue.

Clips are used by permission for interview purposes. Thomas is a registered film journalist with the NC Film Critics and the Southeastern Film Critics and is cohost for Meet me at the Movies.

Official Synopsis:

Good Night Oppy tells the inspirational true story of Opportunity, a rover that was sent to Mars for a 90-day mission but ended up surviving for 15 years. The film follows Opportunity’s groundbreaking journey on Mars and the remarkable bond forged between a robot and her humans millions of miles away.

Available on Prime Video November 23rd, 2022.


Thomas Manning is a member of the NCFCA and SEFCA, and also the co-host of the television show and radio program Meet Me at the Movies. He has served as a production assistant and voting member on the Film Selection Committee for the Real to Reel Film Festival. Additionally, he manages his own film review and interview site, The Run-Down on Movies. Recently, Manning graduated from Gardner-Webb University with a double-major in Communications and English. His passion for cinema and storytelling is rivaled only by his love for the music of Taylor Swift.

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