The screen was smaller than planned, but Dayna Hanson’s film had its debut Friday night at the spot where it was shot.
Projecting the film on the big screen television proved too unwieldy, so audience members took turns gathered around the laptop.
Hanson, a choreographer and filmmaker, shot “Cold Light Day” in February at Lakebay Marina. For the debut, marina owner Mark Scott hosted a party.
Dancers Dylan Ward and Jim Kent of Seattle were on hand, along with Hanson and cinematographer Jacob Rosen, also of Seattle.
Scott’s daughter, Samantha Scott, worked behind the counter. A student at the University of Puget Sound, she helps out at her parents’ business. The old marina is being renovated by her parents and the marina’s new owners, Mark and Cindy Scott, who took over the marina in 2012.
“I like how my dad has really preserved the originality of the marina,” Samantha Scott said. “It’s great to kick off the season with this event.”
Hanson hopes to screen the piece at film festivals. Much of the backing track is the rhythm of Kent and Ward’s feet along the long dock.
Kent said the technical problems just built up the anticipation for the five-minute film. He had previously only seen clips, but marveled at Hanson’s technique in the editing room.
Hanson thanked the Scotts for hosting the crew and letting her live out a dream, and she was especially thankful for saving the marina from ruin.
As a little girl, Hanson spent time on the Key Peninsula. Her first feature, “Improvement Club,” was partially shot along the peninsula The old, dilapidated marina was a place she hoped would be restored and become a backdrop for her art.
“It was a really magical day for us,” she said of the filming.
Although it wasn’t the premier that had been envisioned, there’s hope for a repeat showing.
“I really do want to come back and see it bigger,” Hanson said.Karen Miller: 253-358-4155 firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @gateway_karen