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Astronaut <span class="amp">&</span> Actor Pete Freeland Attends Festival

pete_freeland_astronautFRIDAY HARBOR, WA – Astro­naut, rock­et sci­en­tist and actor, Pete Free­land, will be attend­ing the fourth annu­al Fri­day Har­bor Film Fes­ti­val, which will be held Novem­ber 4–5- 6!

Free­land grew up in Aumsville, Ore­gon and grad­u­at­ed from Cas­cade High School; he then stud­ied aero­space engi­neer­ing at the Uni­ver­si­ty of South­ern Cal­i­for­nia before begin­ning his mil­i­tary career in the U.S. Air Force. After years of mil­i­tary ser­vice and engi­neer­ing work, Pete focused his atten­tion on pro­fes­sion­al acting.

Film Fes­ti­val atten­dees will have the oppor­tu­ni­ty to par­tic­i­pate in Q&A ses­sions with Free­land after screen­ings of The Last Man on the Moon, a film direct­ed by Mark Craig, which will be held on Fri­day, Novem­ber 4 at 1 pm at Fri­day Har­bor House and on Sat­ur­day, Novem­ber 5 at 4 pm at the Gubel­man The­atre. The film tells the sto­ry of Apol­lo astro­naut Eugene Cernan’s part in mankind’s great­est adven­ture. When Cer­nan stepped off the moon in 1972 he left his foot­prints and his daughter’s ini­tials in the lunar dust. Now, 40 years lat­er, he is shar­ing the deeply per­son­al sto­ry of his epic adven­ture to the spec­tac­u­lar and haz­ardous envi­ron­ment of space and the moon. But there was a heavy price to pay for the fame and priv­i­lege that fol­lowed. As his wife famous­ly remarked, “If you think going to the moon is hard, try stay­ing at home.”

Through­out the week­end of Novem­ber 4–5-6, the Fri­day Har­bor Film Fes­ti­val will fea­ture qual­i­ty doc­u­men­taries and docu-dra­mas that high­light com­pelling sto­ries about human­i­tar­i­an efforts, envi­ron­men­tal issues, social con­cerns and dar­ing explo­rations.  Each film will be fol­lowed by live­ly dis­cus­sion with the film­mak­er or a local expert.  For addi­tion­al infor­ma­tion on this year’s fea­tured films and spe­cial events, vis­it the Festival’s web­site, www.fhff.org.  And for infor­ma­tion on how to get to San Juan Island or where to stay, go to www.visitsanjuans.com.

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