Pilot Error offering additional screenings

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The West Michigan community is getting more opportunities to see a new feature film involving cast and crew members with ties to Grand Valley State University.

“Pilot Error,” inspired by the true story of a French jetliner missing in the Atlantic Ocean for nearly two years, stars Kate Thomsen, adjunct professor of theater at Grand Valley. Thomsen plays Nicola Wilson, a woman determined to find out how and why a jet on route from South America to Paris disappeared in the Atlantic, taking her close friend and more than 200 other passengers with it. As Nicola dives into the mystery, she puts her job, friends and livelihood at risk.

The following are additional screening times at Muskegon Harbor Cinema:

  • Wednesday, December 24 at 2 p.m.
  • Friday, December 26 at 6:45 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 27 at 6:45 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 28 at 6:45 p.m.
  • Tuesday, December 30 at 5:40 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 31 at 5:40 p.m.
  • Thursday, January 1 at 5:40 p.m.

Other members of the Grand Valley community were also involved in “Pilot Error,” including Shelley Irwin, host and producer of “The WGVU Morning Show with Shelley Irwin,” who plays a television reporter, and alumna Jacqui Bernhardt, ’14, who filled the roles of marketing director and extras coordinator.

“Pilot Error” filmed in various locations across Michigan, including Grand Valley’s Robert B. Annis Water Resources Institute, and the cities of Saugatuck, Grand Rapids, Grand Haven, Ann Arbor, Muskegon and Ypsilanti among others.

Based on five years of research and interviews with more than 100 pilots, producer Roger Rapoport’s script showcases the fate of pilots kept in the dark about failed automation. Rapoport said the goal of the film is to encourage more hands-on training for pilots as opposed to relying on automation.

For more information, contact Roger Rapoport at (231) 730-0930 or www.pilot-errormovie.com.