Packed Tin Theater Hears ‘Maury Island Incident’ Pitch from Local Filmmakers

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On Wednesday night (Dec. 5), Burien’s Tin Theater was packed with area residents excited to hear about a soon-to-be-produced local UFO mystery movie, as filmmakers Steve Edmiston and Scott Schaefer officially kicked off “The Maury Island Incident.”

“‘The Maury Island Incident,‘ will be a film based on the true story of a man’s UFO sighting claim near Maury Island on June 21, 1947,” the filmmakers said in a now-declassified, yet heavily redacted document. “This often-overlooked incident happened just two days before Ken Arnold’s Mount Rainier sighting, which spawned the phrase ‘flying saucers,’ and 16 days before the infamous Roswell crash.”

It also included what is considered by many experts to be the first “Men in Black” encounter as well.

“Then the story gets really weird,” Edmiston said during the presentation, alluding to an ensuing crash that killed two Army/Air Force investigators who were taking “slag” evidence from the sighting (which of course disappeared after the mysterious crash).

The film will be directed by Schaefer (Founder/Publisher, South King Media and 3-time National Emmy winning Writer for “Bill Nye the Science Guy,” with over 27 years of media experience), and Written by Edmiston (“Crimes of the Past,” “A Relative Thing,” and local favorite “The Day My Parents Became Cool“).

Edmiston and Schaefer laid out how they conceived of the film, the history of the story (and ensuing conspiracy/mystery), and told guests how they could help.

Souvenir wristbands ‘debossed’ with the phrase “Before Roswell–The Maury Island Incident” were sold, and are still available for just $25 each (a great gift idea!) by emailing [email protected]. These collectible – and limited – souvenirs will get wearers into the film’s screening at the Tin Theater when it’s completed:

Shooting is scheduled to begin June 21, 2013 – the 66th anniversary of the alleged sighting, with release projected for June, 2014.

Photographer Michael Brunk (who will serve as the film’s official still photographer), was there, and he took these pics:

Here’s more info on the folks behind this new production from the film’s website:

Steve Edmiston works as an independent feature film screenwriter and producer. He is also an attorney with 25 years of experience practicing business, litigation intellectual property, and entertainment law. Edmiston is a frequent teacher, advisor, and speaker on film and film industry issues. He has shown his films at a variety of festivals including: Palm Springs, Fort Lauderdale, Seattle International Film Festival, Big Island Film Festival, Ashland and Port Townsend.

Edmiston Wrote and Directed the award-winning short The Day My Parents Became Cool, which was shot entirely in the south Puget Sound area.

Find more information on Edmiston’s screen credits and films, including cast information, trailer videos and release dates on IMDb.

Scott Schaefer is a three-time National Emmy Award winning Writer (Bill Nye the Science Guy, PBS/Disney) with over 27 years’ experience in media, including over 20 as a Director and Producer, six of which were spent in the trenches of Hollywood.

His directing credits includes for the TV shows Penn & Teller:Bullsh*t! (Showtime) where he was nominated for a Directors Guild Award for Outstanding Directing in a Reality Show (2005), Sightings (a UFO show for Paramount Pictures), The Arsenio Hall Show (Paramount), Totally Hidden Video (Fox), The Late Show (Fox), Fox On-Air Promotions, Almost Live! (KING-TV, where he won 6 Local Emmy Awards) and many others in-between.

Schaefer currently runs a network of six local blogs and an internet radio station for an area south of Seattle called South King Media, which includes the award-winning B-Town Blog. Find more information on him on his website or IMDB.

Our first Investors, Laura Beth and Scott Peterson are longtime area residents whose company, SAFE Boats, makes high-speed aluminum boats in Gig Harbor for military, federal, state and local law enforcement, fire and rescue agencies throughout North America and around the world.

An accomplished Advertising Manager, Nancy spent 15 years as Director of Corporate Communications & Media Relations for the McDonald’s Corporation, eleven years with Horizon Air and four years with The Bon Marche.

Nancy was invited to join the management team at Highline Public Schools as interim Public Information Officer. Then in October 2001, she accepted the permanent role of the district’s Director of Human Resources.

In September 2008, Nancy joined the Aviation High School staff as Program Director to dedicate time to design, develop and manage Career Readiness/Mentoring and Internships programs. In 2009, she received her Career & Technical Education teaching certificate and now, along with her role in the Career Readiness effort, she teaches Aviation Careers.

Dan is the local boy turned Sausageman who opened Burien’s favorite bar and new HD theater. One of his lifelong dreams has been to work on a film and now he’s going to get his chance.

The film will play at the Tin Theater sometime in the spring/summer of 2014, so be sure to watch for it!

For more information on The Maury Island Incident film:

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