On Saturday, August 15, 2009 @ 3:00PM, the Fort Fisher State Recreation Area will be showing for free the UNC-TV documentary film of Robert E. Harrill (the Fort Fisher Hermit). This is a very interesting film of a true Pleasure Island legend.
Fort Fisher State Recreation Area
1000 Loggerhead Road
Kure Beach, NC 28449
Phone: (910) 458-5798
About the film:
For more than 17 years, Robert E. Harrill, better known as “The Fort Fisher Hermit,” lived under the stars, off the land and with contributions from his many coastal North Carolina visitors. During the late 1960s, Harrill became the state’s second largest tourist attraction as thousands of tourists and townies lined up to hear his philosophies at "The School of Common Sense"—all from the abandoned bunker he called “home.”
Experience this unique individual through one-of-a-kind interviews, rare photographs and vintage footage in The Fort Fisher Hermit: The Life & Death of Robert E. Harrill, premiering on UNC-TV, Thursday, May 10, at 10 PM. This enthralling documentary, from Wilmington filmmaker Rob Hill and narrated by Barry Corbin, explores the human behind “The Hermit”—from his tumultuous origins to his mysterious death. The hour-long documentary provides an unprecedented look at the first 64 years of Robert Harrill’s life—an existence that would eventually lead him to his final days at Ft. Fisher.
The Fort Fisher Hermit: The Life & Death of Robert E. Harrill is a production of Common Sense Films. The Wilmington, NC, film company spent 3 years producing and developing a documentary that captures the true spirit of this unique local figure. Common Sense Films came together in January 2002 when they rediscovered this local legend and, after much research and meeting with local historians, they began collecting interviews over a 10-month period that took them throughout North and South Carolina. By December 2002, the Common Sense team had collected almost 25 hours of interviews of those who knew Robert Harrill, over 200 photographs, an audio interview recorded in 1967, as well as a collection of 8mm home movies of this fascinating figure.