Arts and Entertainment

Sneak peak of film sensation, 'Old Goats', at SJCT summer fundraiser

Winner of a 2011 Seattle International Film Festival award,
Winner of a 2011 Seattle International Film Festival award, 'Old Goats', co-starring San Juan Island's David Vanderwal, will air as part of San Juan Community Theatre's summer fundraiser, Sunday, July 22, at 2 p.m.
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A major motion picture it most certainly is not.

Its production costs — to the tune of about $5,000 — is a telltale sign; its cast of amateur actors, including San Juan Island's own David VanderWal, is another.

Still, "Old Goats", produced by Seattle-area filmmaker Taylor Guterson is taking the film industry by storm, and you can get a "sneak preview" of this  unique endearing film as part of San Juan Community Theatre's annual summer fundraiser, Sunday.

“It’s been shown at 12 to 15 different film festivals in the county and at just about all of them it’s done very well,” said VanderWal, now three years into retirement after a career with an “unnamed” regional aerospace company.

“Goats” doesn't just pick up where "Grumpy Old Men" left off, it carves out new territory for those who refuse to go quietly into those golden years.

For VanderWal, a family friend of the young Guterson, a Bainbridge Island resident, it was labor of love, except for the part when he and fellow co-stars, Bob Burkholder and Britton Crosley, shot a scene in Eastern Washington and froze their tails off while duck hunting.

“You don’t see the part where I walk off camera and fall right into a frozen pond,” he said.

Picked up recently by a distribution company, “Old Goats” is slated to air in larger venues beginning in August.

For the theatre, the film’s sneak preview, which VanderWal (a SJCT board member), Burkholder and Crosley will be on hand for (show starts at 2 p.m.), is the first segment of the summer fundraiser, which includes a gourmet dinner of Northwest cuisine, hosted at a home on the island’s west side.

Tickets, dinner and film included, are $100 per person. For info, 378- 3211, ext. 24,


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