Old Fort Features Ghost Stories, Film Festival

Old Fort Features Ghost Stories, Film Festival

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Ed Yeates ReportingOld soldiers never die, they just become ghosts. At least that's who Fort Douglas will be hosting this Halloween as story tellers gather to tell what they've seen or think they've seen. And this year there's a film festival as well in the old theatre.

A foggy night inside the cemetery, a camera crew venturing downstairs into the basement of the old museum, memories from old pictures coming alive again after more than a 130 years. Brian Fetzer's documentary, as he calls it, follows a lot of different paths at the old fort.

Brian Jackson Fetzer: "One category is called ambiance. You simply go into a place and sense something important is here."

Others, he says, feel more specific things.

Brian Fetzer: "I heard some footsteps. I sensed a presence. I saw a shadow. There was a shift in the light."

But then there's folks like former museum curator, Jess McCall, who will entertain people again Halloween night with his own personal encounter with a ghost called Clem.

Jess McCall: "I was working down there and then I heard step, step, step."

But many like McCall don't just hear, they see as well.

Brian Fetzer: "I saw the ghost."

This classic old theatre was completely renovated for the 2002 winter games, but it is only a facade. Within these walls and the walls of other buildings, ghost stories still linger. And they'll entertain in a film festival this year, along with some great non-Halloween productions produced by PBS and other independent filmmakers.

Spoofin, spookin, and more. It's October, Ft. Douglas style. From morning until 10:30 at night, the story telling, singing and films run from October 15th through the 31st. Families are welcome.

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