An historic, local UFO conspiracy tale has caught the attention of two area filmmakers, who plan on producing a film based on the incident and its tragic aftermath.
“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. 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.
The film will be directed by Scott Schaefer (Founder/Publisher, South King Media/The B-Town Blog; 3-time National Emmy winning Writer, “Bill Nye the Science Guy“), and Written by Steve Edmiston (“Crimes of the Past,” “A Relative Thing,” and local favorite “The Day My Parents Became Cool” – read our previous coverage of that film here).
“When I worked in Hollywood, I directed for a UFO TV show called ‘Sightings,'” Schaefer said. “I went into the job entirely skeptical about all of the crazy UFO-lore, but within two years of working on this program, I was no longer skeptical.”
“This is a great, somewhat overlooked local mystery,” Edmiston added. “It’s a true story about an ordinary man’s extraordinary decision to share what he’s seen, and the unanticipated, life-and-death costs of his choice.”
Shooting is scheduled to begin June 21, 2013 – the 66th anniversary of the alleged sighting.
HELP KICKSTART THE FILM AT A KICK-OFF PARTY DEC. 5!
The team will be holding a kick-off party from 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 5 at the Tin Theater, (923 SW 152nd Street in Olde Burien), when they will share once-classified FBI and government documents about the case, explain what they need to make it, how people can help, and much more.
Since seating at the Tin Theater is limited, organizers are asking those interested in attend to please RSVP for the party by emailing [email protected].
Here’s more info on the folks behind this new production from the film’s website:
STEVE EDMISTON, WRITER/PRODUCER
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, DIRECTOR/PRODUCER
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.
LAURA BETH & SCOTT PETERSON, PRODUCERS
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.
NANCY PAPPAS BARNHART, PRODUCER
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.
Here’s a short video about the Maury Island UFO, produced by KING-TV’s “Evening Magazine”:
For more information on The Maury Island Incident film: