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Thai Silk King Mystery Unfolds Friday Night

Published: October 17, 2017


EUGENE, Ore — OSS agent Jim Thompson was rich.  He founded the Thai Silk Company following WWII and in 1967 disappeared without a trace. The company he founded continues today as Jim Thompson Fabrics. But his mysterious disappearance has never been solved, until now. 

By special arrangement, the 45 minute documentary “Who Killed Jim Thompson The Thai Silk King” will have its worldwide premiere in Eugene at Lane Community College, presenting the answers to the mystery of his disappearance and suspected murder. The Eugene International Film Festival and Lane Community College have joined in a mutual undertaking to benefit the students and enrich the community with an engaging cultural program.

Director Neil Hollander will be coming from Paris to meet with students, faculty and members of the community. The premiere takes place Friday, October 20th, 7:00 PM.  Admission is free.  First come, first seated. Following the premiere screening at LCC’s Ragozzino Performance Hall, Director Hollander and Producer Barry Broman will hold a Q & A session. 

For his first film Hollander sailed around the world filming, "The Last Sailors: The Final Days of Working Sail," narrated by Orson Welles. He has worked with other celebrities including Angelica Houston and Stacy Keach. He is noted for raising realistic budgets for his films.  His commitment to filmmaking put him on the front lines of the war in Burma – filming under hostile fire. “Real bullets and real death around him,” says Mike Dilley Executive Director of the Eugene International Film Festival.  Hollander has a Ph.D. in communications from the University of Washington, is multilingual, and champions human rights, arts and culture, and education.

The premiere is sponsored by Lane Community College Media Arts, the Eugene International Film Festival, the Eugene Airport, Direct Travel, and Imagination International.

Contact: Mike Dilley, 541.359.7306, 541.683.1400,

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Author: Andy Vobora

Vice-President of Stakeholder Relations, Travel Lane County
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Travel Lane County markets and promotes the Eugene, Cascades and Coast region as a destination for travel, conventions, sports, meetings and events. It serves as a private, nonprofit association dedicated to economic development through visitor spending, which pumped more than $783 million into Lane County, Oregon's economy in 2019.