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How director Matt Johnson fell for 'Operation Avalanche,' a fake doc about faking the moon landing

How director Matt Johnson fell for 'Operation Avalanche,' a fake doc about faking the moon landing

For his first film, 2013’s “The Dirties,” which revolved around two high school friends making a film about the school’s bullies that goes awry, Matt Johnson wanted to make it so authentic he  enrolled in a high school and convinced students and teachers he was an actual student.

After “The Dirties” picked up the grand jury prize at the Slamdance Film Festival, the 31-year-old Toronto-based filmmaker and his crew thought about expanding the model they created for the first film and make a period documentary.

The end result is the clever found-footage conspiracy thriller “Operation Avalanche,” which premiered in January at...

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