KALAMAZOO, Mich.—The film "Pilot Error," which counts four WMU alumni among its cast and crew, will be screened during Western Night at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18, in the Kalamazoo 10 theatre, with students receiving a discount.
Additional local showings of "Pilot Error" are planned this and next month. They include screenings through Nov. 20 in Grand Rapids and Otsego; a return to the Kalamazoo 10 Dec. 8, 9 and 11; and screenings in the Celebration Cinema in Portage Dec. 9, 10 and 11.
The film, inspired by the true story of a French airliner that went missing over the Atlantic in 2009, premiered Nov. 8 during a red-carpet gala at the Air Zoo Aerospace & Science Center in Portage. It was filmed at the Air Zoo and numerous other locations in Michigan as well as Wisconsin and France.
It stars award-winning actress Kate Thomsen, a WMU alumna as well as part-time theatre instructor at the University. Thomsen plays investigative reporter Nicola Wilson, who is determined to find out why a jet headed from South America to Paris disappeared in the Atlantic, taking her close friend and 211 other passengers with it.
Along with Thomsen, the film's WMU alumni include fellow actors Larry Herron and Brian Michael Ogden and the film's director, Joe Anderson, who co-wrote the script with the film's producer, Roger Rapoport.
Appearing during Western Night will be various "Pilot Error" cast members and Joan Herrington, chair of the WMU Department of Theatre.
"The event is designed to honor the campus community," says Rapoport. "We also want to honor the University's theatre alumni who are associated with the film and Joan Herrington, who taught all of the WMU actors."
Western Night will feature a $5 ticket price for students, senior citizens and children. In addition, Thomsen, Anderson, Rapoport and a veteran airline training pilot will meet and greet the audience before the movie as well as participate in a talk-back session after the movie ends.
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