UM Alums Relive Eerie Memories of the Unabomber in ‘Ted K’ Movie
Dave Kuntz, Director of Strategic Communications at UM provided details of the movie and those who worked on the project.
“We're really excited,” said Kuntz. “There's a movie called ‘Ted K’ that's going to be playing here in Montana and across the country. It's set to play in more than 20 states. It is a film about Ted Kaczynski in the infamous raid and the closing days of his time up in Lincoln. The reason why we're so proud about it here at the University of Montana is because there were numerous University of Montana students and alums who worked on putting this film together.”
Kuntz identified some of the individuals involved in the making of the film.
“And as numerous young students such as Jeri Rafter, Lauren Norby, Tyler Grutsch, Caelan Fisher, Brooke Swaney and others, these are students who cut their teeth at the University of Montana, learning the craft of film production, filmmaking, film directing, and their skill sets. Over the last few years, they put this film together and they shot it right on site in Lincoln, and now they're taking that production all the way to theaters across the country.”
Kuntz said the former students who worked on the movie recalled some ‘eerie’ stories at the scene of where the Unabomber’s cabin was near Lincoln.
“As we've gotten to know the folks who made this film, they have eerie stories being on the site of the of the Ted Kaczynski cabin where they found empty cans of food that were buried in the dirt and other artifacts that likely existed from his time there on that plot of land,” he said. “It certainly is both a famous and infamous moment in our state's history, and being so close in proximity to Missoula, the university had a role from the days of the breaking news, where the Montana Kaimin, our student newspaper, was the first to get photographs of Ted Kaczynski, all the way through today of documenting it in film form.”
Kuntz said the film debuted at the Wilma earlier this month.
“The movie premiered here in Missoula at the Wilma Theater on February 15th, and it was released online and in 23 theaters across the country, including Missoula, LA and Austin,” he said. “For those who want to watch the movie, they can do so right now on Amazon Prime, Apple TV, Vudu On Demand or the numerous streaming platforms that are available. We encourage folks to give it a look and hopefully it'll pick up some nostalgia of the mid 90s where people remember where they were when that event was playing out.
This reporter was working at a radio station in Helena when Kaczynski was brought in from Lincoln to face charges.
Kaczynski was sentenced to life in prison without parole in a federal prison in Colorado, but was transferred to a prison in North Carolina.
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