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‘Kecksburg’ film’s Westmoreland County premiere set for Hanna’s Town

Shirley McMarlin
Tribune-Review file
Westmoreland Historical Society will host the local premiere of the new “Kecksburg” movie on Sept. 28 at Historic Hanna’s Town. Here, a model of the Kecksburg UFO is shown against the night sky in Kecksburg, where the 1965 incident took place.

The Westmoreland County premiere of “Kecksburg,” a new feature film about the famous 1965 UFO incident, is planned for Sept. 28 at Historic Hanna’s Town.

Westmoreland Historical Society will host the screening at 7 p.m. in the Westmoreland History Education Center at the historical complex, 809 Forbes Trail Road, Hempfield.

The program will include a discussion with the film’s researcher. Popcorn will be served.

The movie centers around WHJB radio reporter John Murphy, who was among the first to arrive at the scene of the mysterious crash and who saw his attempts to investigate it further stymied by the government.

Murphy, played in the movie by South African actor Scott Cooper, died four years later in a hit-and-run accident while on vacation in California.

Kecksburg is, according to producer/director Cody Knotts, a “fictional account of the incident based on historical facts” that explores the “history, mystery, and legend” of the incident that came to be known as “Pennsylvania’s Roswell,” referring to a similar 1947 incident in the remote New Mexico town.

The “Kecksburg” world premiere was Sept. 12 at the State Theatre Center for the Arts in Uniontown.

Space is limited for the Sept. 28 screening. Fee is $12, or $10 for historical society members.

To pre-register, call 724-836-1800, ext. 210.

Shirley McMarlin is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Shirley at 724-836-5750, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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