Killeen resident Ronnie Letterman will debut the director’s cut of the family-friendly documentary “600 Days to Cocos Island” Thursday at the Mayborn Planetarium and Space Theater at Central Texas College.

The film is a newly remastered version of a documentary in two parts, which was originally released in 1975. The film documents the journey of Hollywood filmmaker Gene Evans and his family as they sail through over 10,000 miles of ocean over a two-year period.

After Evans died from of pancreatic cancer, Letterman, his stepson, found the lost reels of the original 16-mm film and began transferring them to digital media.

“It was a labor of love, and I am very proud of it,” Letterman said.

The new version debuting at the planetarium will feature new music and additional footage.

Even as he made the changes, Letterman said he still sought to preserve Evans’ original artistic vision. Letterman also said he chose the planetarium because it would showcase the stunning visuals in the film.

“It’s an adventure, and a chance for people to see something they have never seen before,” he said.

The screening of the film begins at 7 p.m., and tickets will cost $6. All military, fire and police officials can attend free, Letterman said.

Contact Chris McGuinness at or (254) 501-7568. Follow him on Twitter at ChrismKDH.

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