POINT PLEASANT — Tickets sold out for a special screening of the upcoming documentary, “The Mothman of Point Pleasant: 13 Months that Changed History” held this weekend at the Lowe Hotel.
The film, by production company “Small Town Monsters,” tells the story of the 13 months in and around 1966-1967 when the Mothman sightings in the area reached a fever pitch.
Seth Breedlove of Northern Ohio, the director of the film, traveled with his family and film crew for the screening which doubled as a fundraiser for the upcoming Mothman Festival in September. In all, $2,400 was raised to help fund the festival.
Breedlove addressed the audience prior to the film being shown, saying: “We went way beyond anything we had done on our other films and a lot of that had to do with the fact that we felt a really big responsibility to Point Pleasant and especially to those who lost their lives on the Silver Bridge. We were really grateful we got to take part in your town’s history and play a part in telling that story.”
Breedlove added he was “extremely proud” of the film, saying there were animated sequences, computer generated images and an original score. In addition, the movie contains never-before-seen 8mm film footage taken the day after the Silver Bridge fell in 1967; it was filmed by a relative of Jeff Wamsley, the organizer of the Mothman Festival and founder of the Mothman Museum. Wamsley also gave Breedlove access to his own audio recordings of interviews with witnesses to Mothman to use.
Breedlove credited Wamsley and his daughter, Ashley Watts, with helping to get the film made. The film is dedicated to the late Carolin Harris who was supposed to be in it but died before production. Some of Harris’ family were also in attendance Saturday.
Next up for the film, it will be released on the festival circuit as well as on iTunes, Amazon, Vimeo and DVD.
Cars packed Main Street on Saturday for the screening, with license plates from Indiana, Michigan, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina and more, filling parking spaces.
Beth Sergent is editor of Ohio Valley Publishing, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.