By Cassandra de Kanter
Join us on Friday evening, April 29, for our annual Classic Movie Night. Formerly known as Silent Movie Night, we have an exciting classic talkie this year – “The Maltese Falcon” starring Humphrey Bogart. Showtime is 7:00 and the price is only two bits. There will be free popcorn.
Our December newsletter had an article about a movie made in Steilacoom last Fall. Anthony Culanag, an independent film director, recently produced a short film. The movie is set in the summer of 1941 when main character Elizabeth moves to the United States from war torn Britain.
She comes to live with her aunt and uncle in a small Pacific Northwest town where she becomes a volunteer for the Ground Observer Corps as a spotter for the Army Air Force’s Aircraft Warning Service.
Filming this plot in Steilacoom was appropriate as nearly 25% of Steilacoom’s then 1,000 residents volunteered for the war effort on the coast after the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. Barney Drew, then a member of the Town Council and Coordinator of the Civil Defense operations, said that “While Steilacoom has ambulance corps, air raid wardens, first aid workers and fire wardens, the pride of the town’s civilian defense setup is the air raid observation tower.”
The film is a short at 8 minutes. It will premiere at our own Classic Movie Night and Anthony will be there to talk about it. It has been entered in the Seattle Film Festival. You can see his 3 Minute Masterpiece version at YouTube.