The Barefoot Bandit is having its premier showing at the Friday Harbor Film Festival, tells the almost unbelievable tale of the life and capture of Northwest native Colton Harris-Moore, following his legendary two-year international crime spree (which included exploits in the San Juans) that captured the imagination of the public and press around the nation.
The film explores the dynamics of Harris-Moore’s family as well as his personal exploration and growth. The teenage boy who camped in the woods and, wearing no shoes, broke into vacation homes, became obsessed with airplanes. His dream of flying and designing airplanes became a reality when he ran away from a halfway house at the age of 15 and stole the first of five airplanes. He survived several crash landings while flying across the U.S. and eventually ended up in the Bahamas, where he was arrested. Colton’s captor, lawyer, mother and the FBI team that hunted him for two years, as well as others involved in this real-life drama, tell the truly amazing story of “The Barefoot Bandit.”
Running time: 74 minutes