Sci-fi film showcases VT talent
MANCHESTER - The Western Terrestrials’ film “The Ballad of Ethan Alien,” a 75-minute sci-fi musical created entirely during the pandemic, will be shown at Town Green on Wednesday, September 8. Special musical guest Bob Stannard will make an appearance.
“The Ballad of Ethan Alien” is a film based on the song “Ethan Alien,” which appeared on the Western Terrestrials’ sophomore album in July 2020. It was based on an idea by Ketch Secor, fiddler and singer for Old Crow Medicine Show. The film combines elements of science fiction, music, and Vermont history and creates a cinematic experience that will remind audiences of the essence of Hadestown, Bread and Puppet, Phish, Grace Potter, Fred Tuttle, and the rich tradition of the Vermont arts.
“The Ballad of Ethan Alien” features appearances by Vermont notables such as Ben and Jerry, Kiah Morris, Luis Guzman, Jen Kimmich, Rusty “The Logger” DeWees, Bill “Spaceman” Lee, and Christine Hallquist. The final product features the work of more than 75 Vermont-based film and music production professionals, performers, artists, and creatives, many of whom have struggled to find work during the pandemic. It features the music of the Western Terrestrials, Sarah King, Brass Balagan, Bow Thayer, Sara Grace and Ben Dunham, and other Vermont artists.
Audiences will have multiple opportunities to enjoy “The Ballad of Ethan Alien” as it tours around the state. Go to www.balladofethanalien.com for more information.