Filmmaker, WL native Tom Moore to hold screening for new documentary


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — A filmmaker and West Lafayette native returned home for the screening of his new documentary.

Tom Moore will present “The Flight Fantasic” Thursday on Purdue University’s campus. The film gives a detailed look at the world of the flying trapeze – one of the most celebrated acts in circus history.

Moore joined News 18 at Noon on Wednesday to speak about the documentary. He said the inspiration for his new work came from years of experience.

“I got into [the flying trapeze] because I did it as a sport,” Moore said. “Through that, I met some of these extraordinarily famous flying families and became both intrigued by their history and their warmth and generosity.”

Moore has directed numerous works in film, theater and television. He directed the original “Grease,” which ran on Broadway for eight years. Moore has had a hand in directing some of the most popular TV shows to hit the air, including “ER,” “The Wonder Years,” and “Cheers.”

He said the story featured in his newest documentary, “The Flight Fantastic,” is one that has not yet been told.

“There have been circus documentaries, but nothing has really focused on trapeze,” Moore said. “It’s also a world that doesn’t really exist anymore.”

The screening of Moore’s documentary will take place Thursday, Oct. 13, at 7:30 p.m. inside Fowler Hall on Purdue’s campus.

Moore graduated from Purdue in 1965. He will be the grand marshal at Purdue’s homecoming parade.

The event is free and open to the public. The Tony-nominated director will answer questions after the screening.