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Movie based on Pyle book opens for virtual viewing


September 17, 2020

A new movie, The Dark Divide, based on Grays River resident Robert Michael Pyle’s book Where Bigfoot Walks: Crossing the Dark Divide is opening in select theaters and for virtual viewing this weekend.

The Dark Divide is about Pyle’s “perilous 1995 journey across one of America’s largest undeveloped wildlands. At the urging of his dying wife Thea, the shy author finds himself in over his head on an epic, life-changing expedition through Washington’s Gifford Pinchot National Forest in search of new species of butterflies. Over the course of his six-week adventure, Pyle battles self-doubt, the grueling trail, and the people and creatures who call this forest home.”

Pyle is portrayed by David Cross, and Thea is depicted by Debra Messing.

The film can be seen at the Columbian in Astoria this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with 60 audience members allowed. All viewings are at 6:30 p.m. According to Pyle, the Roxy in Morton will have some showings this weekend as well. There will also be a virtual screening by the Kiggins Theater in Vancouver.

“People will be able to stream the movie directly at the website as of Friday,” Pyle said. “It will go to the usual streaming platforms later in the fall, with DVDs sometime later.”

Music from a local band, Giants in the Trees, is also featured in the film.

For more information and to purchase tickets, go to


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