Published on June 5th, 2014 | by Drew G.0
A Great US Premiere in Seattle for Fly Colt Fly
The Seattle International Film Festival may be the perfect audience for the first feature documentary about Colton Harris-Moore. Fly Colt Fly: Legend of the Barefoot Bandit had an amazing US Premiere at SIFF on May 28th. The film was very warmly received and the Q&A after the show with the Gray brothers also went quite well. The directors addressed all kinds of questions from the audience about the film and the future of Colton Harris-Moore. The third and final SIFF screening of Fly Colt Fly will take place on the final day of the festival on June 8th, at 11am at the Uptown Cinema.
There is a great deal of buzz about the documentary in Seattle. Eric Stevick of The Everett Herald wrote a nice article about it LINK, and KOMO News featured the film on their list of SIFF movies shot in Washington LINK. SIFF programmer Dan Doody listed Fly Colt Fly amongst his favourites LINK and Fly Colt Fly also made the Top 10 lists of My Northwest’s Tom Tangney LINK, The Stranger’s Gillian Anderson LINK, and The Examiner’s Janise Silva LINK.
The Sun Break posted an interesting roundtable discussion about the best films playing at SIFF LINK and Fly Colt Fly was very highly praised! Below is an excerpt.
Let’s chat about the local crime caper that we all loved:
Josh: On the local true crime scene, Fly Colt Fly: The Legend of the Barefoot Banditwas so wildly entertaining that I forgave its lack of any sort of clinical distance or psychological probing into its Camano Island-born protagonist, Colton Harris-Moore. They shied away from the motivations (and likely dark past) of the crime spree kid who captivated local and national headlines a few years ago to instead prop up the mythology through re-enactments, cartoons, found footage, and interviews. Although I lived here at the time, I only remembered hearing about a small fraction of his increasingly audacious capers.
Tony: ‘Exhilarating’ and ‘thrill ride’ aren’t phrases I’d often use to describe a documentary, but they apply for Fly Colt Fly. It’s a wonderfully wrought adventure that really, viscerally connects viewers to the adrenaline rush that surely fueled Colton Harris-Moore’s exploits. And it’s so immersive and thrilling that it’s virtually impossible to nitpick at it until it’s over. That said, I for one would welcome a companion doc that takes a more in-depth psychological/storytelling path.
Chris: I will make it unanimous in our admiration for Fly Colt Fly, which really was such an exciting and tense film, particularly for a documentary, like Tony said. I watched the story play out in the local news, so I remember when Colton Harris-Moore was captured in the Bahamas (spoiler, sorry), but hearing it explained how his final chase went down likely put my blood pressure in dangerous territory. There were a lot of flaws that I was willing to overlook because the movie was so exciting to watch (and the animation was very cool). The biggest complaint I had was the use of dramatic re-enactments, which gave it kind of a hokiness that you might find on a true crime docu-drama somewhere on cable late at night. Not that I’d know, I’m usually asleep by 9.