On Episode 122 of the RETROZEST podcast, Curtis concludes the celebration of the 45th Anniversary of Steven Spielberg’s CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND, in the second of two episodes. This 1977 film stars Richard Dreyfuss, Melinda Dillon, Teri Garr, Bob Balaban, Cary Guffey, and François Truffaut. It tells the story of Roy Neary, an everyday blue-collar worker in Indiana, whose life changes after an encounter with a UFO. CE3K became Columbia Pictures’ most successful film at that time.

Assisting in this endeavor are two very special guests!

First of all, DANYI DEATS (the daughter of the late DICKY DEATS, the Key Grip on CE3K) shares the experiences of her and her family on the set of the film’s finale at the Devil’s Tower base! Danyi, who was 9 years old at the time, was one of the child actors chosen to participate in a group of small extraterrestrials who descend from the Mothership. In fact, Danyi was the “alien” who held Richard Dreyfuss’ hand as a whole group of them escorted him to the platform to enter the ship! Danyi later appeared in Madonna’s music video for “Borderline”, and also went on to produce several music videos herself in Hollywood; including “Nothing But Love” by Mr. Big, “Desert Rose” by Sting, “I’m Gonna Getcha Good” by Shania Twain, “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran, and “When the Heartache is Over” by Tina Turner (to name just a small few).

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Additionally, DENNIS TROMBLY joins Curtis for a conversation about his new YouTube Fanfilm Miniseries, Close Encounters of the Third Kind: Amended. After high school, Dennis began studies at Oakland Community College in Robotics Engineering, fitting for the automotive driven industry. During a humanities class, Film Studies, a professor pointed out his keen eye for observation, detail, and storytelling for film and suggested considering a career in film and television. In this discussion, he shares his love for films, specifically CE3K, and what led to his producing a prequel series for the film.

Dennis may be reached at cetktv.com, as well as on Facebook or Twitter.

Also, Mr. Retrovere shares this episode’s Retro News segment.

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