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AIR ZOO WORLD PREMIERE

Experience the glitz and glamour of a Hollywood Movie Premiere at the Air Zoo!

If you've had dreams of walking the red carpet at a Hollywood World Premiere movie event, complete with stars, reporters, and flashing lights, you'll want to be at the Air Zoo Aerospace & Science Center in Portage, MI, on the evening of November 8th.

Tickets are limited and will go fast. Don't miss this amazing opportunity!

ABOUT THE EVENT

The Air Zoo will be hosting the world premiere screening of "Pilot Error", a new film from producer Roger Rapoport and director Joe Anderson, and promises an evening of glamour, stars, excitement, cocktails, and great food. "This is going to be a premiere in the grand tradition of Hollywood," says Patrick Brent, the Air Zoo's Marketing Manager. "Our guests will experience a once-in-a-lifetime, exclusive night of red carpet glamour, stars, limousines, live music, and amazing food & beverages." The film, inspired by the true story of a French airliner that went missing in the Atlantic, was filmed at the Air Zoo and numerous other locations throughout Michigan, Wisconsin, and France and is the screen debut of award-winning actress and Western Michigan University alum Kate Thomsen, a native of Portage.

LOCATION: The Air Zoo - 6151 Portage Road, Portage, MI 49002
DATE: Saturday, November 8, 2014
VIP RECEPTION: 5:00 PM ($60/person; $105/couple)
GENERAL RECEPTION: 5:30 PM ($20/person)
WELCOMING REMARKS: 6:40 PM
FILM SCREENING: 7:00 PM
TALK-BACK: 9:00 PM

The World Premiere of "Pilot Error" is open to the public, with high-flying, live jazz provided by the Keith Hall Trio before the screening. VIP admission via red carpet begins at 5:00 pm, and general admission via red carpet begins at 5:30pm. General admission tickets are available for $20, and include hors d'oeuvres, admission to the pre-party event, an exclusive screening of the film, and access to a Talk-back, Q & A session with experts following. A cash bar will be available. VIP tickets are available for $60, and include an open bar, VIP reception with the actors and crew prior to the film, exclusive gift bags, hors d'oeuvres, VIP reserved seating for the screening, and admission to all of the evening's activities and events.  Star Kate Thomsen will be joined by Producer Roger Rapoport, Director Joe Anderson, cinematographer David Darling, and cast members Michael Brian Ogden, Jennifer Jelsema and Craig Powers. 

ABOUT THE FILM

Inspired by true events, "Pilot Error" immerses viewers in the life of investigative reporter Nicola Wilson (Thomsen), who is determined to unravel the mysterious circumstances surrounding the disappearance of a passenger jet flying from South America to Paris. As she begins to uncover astonishing details about the lost flight, which claimed the lives of a close friend and 211 other passengers, Wilson puts her livelihood, friendships, and safety on the line as she pursues the truth into a murky world of corporate cover-ups and questionable dealings. The film's script, co-authored by Muskegon-based producer Roger Rapoport and director Joe Anderson, is the culmination of five years of research and interviews and offers a fact-based, insider's glimpse into the potential consequences of keeping pilots in the dark about failed technology and automation.

In addition to Kate Thomsen, the film boasts several other connections to WMU, including director Joe Anderson and cast members Larry Herron and Brian Michael Ogden, all of whom graduated from Western's theater program. "My colleagues and I are extremely proud of Kate, Joe, Larry, and Brian," said professor D. Terry Williams, chairman emeritus of WMU's theater department. "We're thrilled to see them in this important new film and delighted with what they have achieved since leaving Western." The cast also includes familiar Hollywood actors, Robert Cicchini and Richard Riehle, and was scored by Emmy Award winning composer Garth Neustadter.

"The Air Zoo is thrilled to be hosting this important cultural touch-point between the scientific, artistic, and educational communities in our region," says Troy Thrash, President and CEO of the Air Zoo. "Our guests will have the opportunity to experience the excitement and thrills of a Hollywood-style premier event, and the film itself offers great potential to educate and further enlighten the global aviation community. It's going to be an amazing evening on all fronts."

TICKET INFORMATION

Co-presented by the Tyler-Little Family Foundation and the Air Zoo, the world premiere of "Pilot Error" takes place at the Air Zoo, 6151 Portage Rd, Portage, MI 49002, on November 8th, 2014, and is open to the public. VIP admission via red carpet begins at 5:00 pm, and general admission via red carpet begins at 5:30 pm. General admission tickets are available for $20, and include hors d'oeuvres, admission to the pre-party event, an exclusive screening of the film, and access to a Q & A session with experts following. A cash bar will be available. Individual VIP tickets are available for $60, with special pricing of $105 for couples, and include an open bar VIP cocktail reception with the actors and crew prior to the film, valuable gift bags, hors d'oeuvres, VIP priority seating for the screening, and admission to all of the evening's activities and events. For questions and ticket information, contact the Air Zoo's Maria Suszynski via email at msuszynski@airzoo.org, or via telephone at 269.350.2812.

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