Movie Filmed on Whidbey Island Earning Accolades

Movie Filmed on Whidbey Island Earning Accolades

The Hour After Westerly is now on the film festival circuit and garnering international recognition. Shot last fall on Whidbey Island, among its primary locations are Camp Casey, Admiralty Head Lighthouse, and the Fort Casey Inn. 

The story is about a traveling salesman who loses an hour of time and is haunted by memories of a small town and a woman at a cottage (Unit 10 at the Fort Casey Inn). 

The mysterious setting of Whidbey Island was ideal for the film. Nate Bell and Andrew Morehouse produced, directed, and wrote the screenplay which was adapted from a short story by Robert M. Coates. 

“The austere beauty of the landscape, particularly Ebey’s Landing, attracted us to the island,” said Bell. “The look and feel of the Pacific Northwest has a charm that’s distinct from any other place in America.”

The film premiered in Hollywood this May. Recognizable stars are Peter Jacobson and Shannyn Sossaman. Jacboson was nominated for Best Actor at the Burbank International Film Festival this September.

In addition to the Burbank festival, the film has showcased at the following: LA Shorts International Film Festival (July); Gig Harbor Film Festival (September); Catalina Film Festival (September); Edmonton International Film Festival (October): HollyShorts Monthly Screenings (October); ReadingFilmFEST (November); and Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (November). 

At 24 minutes, The Hour After Westerly is considered a short film. It has not been released to the public yet, but rumor is there will be a screening at the Whidbey Island Film Festival in January. Before movie fans begin making pilgrimages to the Fort Casey Inn, why not spend a few nights in the Doctor’s House (Unit 10)? The house sleeps a total of five with two queen beds and a rollaway in the second room. It includes a shower/tub to soak in the atmosphere. Special winter rates are available now at both the Fort Casey Inn and Camp Casey Conference Center.