A short movie filmed on Whidbey Island, The Hour After Westerly, will premiere later this year in Los Angeles. Based on a short story by Robert Coates, it first appeared in The New Yorker magazine in 1947. It is a Twilight Zone-esque tale of a traveling salesman who realizes he’s lost an hour of time while driving a lonely stretch of road. Later, he is haunted by visions of a town and a woman at a cottage that may hold the key to the mystery. It features actors Peter Jacobson (House, Colony, The Americans) and Shannyn Sossamon (A Knight’s Tale, 40 Days and 40 Nights).
Written, produced, and directed by Nate Bell and Andy Morehouse, the two friends dreamed of making a movie together for years. Last October, they teamed up to bring their dream to life. Whidbey Island’s rural landscape and the fact one of the filmmakers’ in-laws lived in Coupeville contributed to the location’s choice. Another factor was its film-friendly nature.
“The local community showed us tremendous support,” said Bell. “The city, county, and state authorities, Coupeville Auto Repair, and especially Camp Casey, helped us facilitate a challenging shoot.”
Admiralty Head Lighthouse figures prominently in the script. The historic Ferry House, within Ebey’s Landing National Reserve, also makes a cameo appearance.
“The location we hope will make the strongest impression is the Fort Casey Inn, with its row of old cottages that can be charming or spooky, depending on the context,” Bell said. “Robyn Myers [manager of Camp Casey Conference Services] worked with us closely on securing this important location, even allowing us to slightly modify the grounds of the Doctor’s House, which became a significant part of the visual design of our film.”
Contribute $50 by March 9 to the film’s Kickstarter campaign and earn a seat at the premiere in Los Angeles. To learn more, visit https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1761559013/the-hour-after-westerly