A preview of the The Teller and the Truth (2016), a narrative feature film from Andrew Shapter, opening in Austin on February 22nd and NYC and LA on February 26th 2016. Available on iTunes March 1st!
For every missing person, there’s a story. Within every story, lies the truth. (music by Carl Theil)
The Teller and the Truth is the story of Francis Wetherbee, a beautiful, young bank teller who disappeared in 1974 after her car was found submerged in a river. Filmmaker Andrew Shapter (Before the Music Dies, Happiness Is) follows the forty-year-old cold case that sparked the imagination of her hometown of Smithville, Texas, and beyond.
Shapter combines a documentary style with a classic narrative interpretation in order to separate myth from truth about Francis.
Various theories and conjectures are weighed against the “facts” as they are revealed in old photographs, authentic footage from home movies, and actual Vietnam-era rare (and never before seen) historical footage.
As new evidence is discovered, the film transforms into a narrative, as her words—which reveal the truth--come to life. A small-town mystery now becomes a global search for a woman who may still be alive.
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Director: Andrew Shapter