Documentary tells of making of ‘Apocalypse Now’

Local actor to provide observations from the set

PORT ANGELES — “Hearts of Darkness, A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse,” an award-winning documentary on the making of the epic Vietnam war movie “Apocalypse Now,” will be screened at 7 p.m. Thursday.

The screening will be at Studio Bob, 1181/2 E. Front St. in downtown Port Angeles.

Actor Mac Macdonald, who moved to Sequim in 2015, was in “Apocalypse Now.” He will spice up the screening with photographs and commentary about his on-set adventures.

Admission is $10 at the door. All proceeds will benefit the Port Angeles Arts Council.

Legendary issues

In March 1976, Francis Ford Coppola landed in the Philippines to shoot “Apocalypse Now.”

Encountering every imaginable production problem, the shoot didn’t wrap until 238 days later.

Coppola’s struggles to create his masterpiece of cinema were captured on 16mm film by his wife Eleanor.

More than 20 years later, George Hickenlooper and Fax Bahr shot interviews with the original cast and crew, and intercut them with Eleanor’s material, resulting in “Hearts of Darkness, A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse,” winner of the National Board of Review award for best documentary and listed by Gene Siskel as best movie of 1991.

MacDonald was on the set of “Apocalypse Now” the entire time, with a still camera discreetly tucked under his arm.

A born raconteur, he says his on-set photographs and commentary will transport the audience to a wild time and place.

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