MANCHESTER — The Western Terrestrials announced today that its film “The Ballad of Ethan Alien,” a 75-minute sci-fi musical created entirely during the pandemic, will be released in its final version and shown at venues throughout Vermont this summer and fall.
One of the first stops will be a showing from 7 to 9 p.m. today on the Town Green in Manchester. Bob Stannard will be the special musical guest.
“The film is uniquely Vermont,” said the film’s producer, Barnard-based filmmaker Teo Zagar. “Yet it highlights concepts that will resonate well beyond the Green Mountain state, such as inclusivity, collective action, diversity, anti-racism and the importance of artistic expression.”
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. The film features the music of the Western Terrestrials, Sarah King, Brass Balagan, Bow Thayer, Sara Grace and Ben Dunham and other Vermont artists.
“Beyond giving meaningful work to a host of Vermont artists during a challenging time, the film will be the first professional credit for many of the talented young people involved,” said Nick Charyk, frontman of the Western Terrestrials and the film’s creator. “This project has been a bright light during a trying time for so many people. I know it has been for me.”
Go to balladofethanalien.com for more information.