In her screenplay "Revolver," Kate Trefry captures an extraordinary day in the life of Anchorage.
"It's based on my mom and her friends' experience when the Beatles landed in Anchorage in 1966," said Trefry, 30, who is from Anchorage. "My mom was 13, so my grandma locked her in the house like a lot of moms did. But a few of her friends escaped and went to the hotel where the Beatles were staying and actually got to the floor where their room was, but didn't see them."
The script is getting some industry buzz, and later this month, stars including Olivia Wilde and "Saturday Night Live" standout Beck Bennett will participate in a live table reading of "Revolver" at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
"We're inviting financiers and producers and a lot of people that we hope want to invest or be involved in some way," said Trefry, who lives in Los Angeles.
"Revolver" also earned a spot on the 2016 Black List, a compilation of industry executives' favorite unproduced screenplays of the year. Trefry's husband, also an Alaska-born screenwriter, has a script on the list as well.
Trefry's career is getting better all the time.
Right now, she is working on the second season of "Stranger Things," an eerie Netflix hit set in the 1980s and starring Winona Ryder. Trefry was on the show's set when she spoke to Alaska Dispatch News.
As for "Revolver," the Fab Four's unannounced Anchorage visit provided Trefry with plenty of material both real and imagined.
The reason the band landed in Anchorage on June 27, 1966, varies depending on whom you ask. According to some, the jet, which was heading to Japan, stopped in Alaska to dodge a typhoon. Others say it was a planned refueling stop extended because of mechanical problems.
The Beatles were wrapping up their last tour ever and were reportedly irritable and bored during their brief stay at the former Anchorage Westward Hotel, now the Hilton.
When news of their presence spread, fans swarmed the hotel. For a community still reeling from the Great Earthquake of 1964 two years prior, the surprise visit was a welcome and wondrous distraction.
"The Beatles are not actually in the movie, you just see the way that this entire town responds to them," Trefry said. While she was writing, "I kind of thought of the Beatles as a black hole. You can't really see it, you can only see the way it affects things around it."
The main character is 17-year-old Beatlemaniac Jane, who's got her mind set on losing her virginity to George Harrison.
Jane is mostly inspired by one of Trefry's mom's pals, and she is also partially an amalgam of the other girls who accompanied her on the quest. Trefry used her creative license to build a classic coming-of-age story around Jane.
"I don't even know if any of them had the ultimate goal of losing their virginity," Trefry said. "They just wanted to go and didn't really know what they'd do if they got in."
Trefry said she wanted "Revolver" to stand apart from stereotypical hippie-heavy '60s nostalgia films.
"Beatlemania becomes so mythologized when people talk about it and the '60s in general have been so overrepresented," she said. "I wanted the story to feel like a version of the '60s you've never seen before. The '60s in Anchorage were so different than anywhere else. It's kind of this land that time forgot. I wanted to color it with that brush."
Writing "Revolver" helped Trefry get back to where it all began for her.
Trefry, the granddaughter of the late Alaska Supreme Court Judge Robert Fitzgerald, attended Dimond High School and graduated from Alaska Pacific University. She eventually enrolled at New York University, where her future career started to form.
"I was doing a lot of cinema studies and took a screenwriting class and really loved it," she said. "So I moved out to LA to give it a shot."