February 2nd is going to be more than just the Broncos trying to best the Seahawks in the XLVIII Super Bowl, when the Champlain Valley Film Society (CVFS) brings Captain Richard Phillips to introduce the 2014 Oscar nominated film named in his honor, based on the harrowing experience of his capture and attempted ransom at the hands of Somali pirates.
It is easy for my family to get caught up in the animated version of pirates or the swash-buckling Johnny Depp characterization without realizing that real pirates do exist and there is nothing romantic and comedic about it. I remember reading the news stories when Phillips sacrificed himself to save his crew in the 2009 hijacking. Now is an opportunity to meet a true survivor.
While Phillips was held at gunpoint on a lifeboat with his captors, negotiations broke down ending in a bold Navy SEAL high seas rescue. Phillips later penned a book, A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea, documenting the five-day standoff. Now a film on the Oscar circuit, Phillips has graciously agreed to open the self-named film as part of the CVFS’s Oscar showings. He will also host a Q&A after the movie. The other films Oscar schedule are “All Is Lost” on February 15, “Gravity” on March 1, “12 Years A Slave” on March 15 and all the Oscar Shorts on March 29.
CVFS Board President Sue Reaser says, “The Adirondack are a special place. There are a lot of film directors and writers that live here and are accessible. We are grateful that Captain Phillips is willing to come and talk. Having these resources available appeals to people, to be able tap into the movies. It is exciting.”
The nonprofit Champlain Valley Film Society recently celebrated their 10th anniversary. Co-founded in 2003 by David Reuther, Thurston Clarke, Bill James and Larry Barns as a small-scale outdoor summer movie experience, the CVFS has grown to make the Whallonsburg Grange Hall their year-round home. With a new HD projector and large screen, CVFS is able to bring a true theatre experience to the area. Space is limited and tickets are sold on a first-come, first- served basis for the 1 pm movie with an admission of $7.50/adult and $3/children.