The Seattle International Film Festival (â€œSIFFâ€) will host the North American premiere for locally-produced film â€œThe Maury Island Incidentâ€ on Sunday, May 25, and the film will screen as an opening night selection when it world premieres at the Big Island Film Festival (â€œBIFFâ€) in Kona, Hawaii, on Thursday, May 22. â€œThe Maury Island Incidentâ€ is a 30-minute short film that tells the forgotten, tragic story â€“ taken directly from declassified FBI documents â€“ of Harold Dahl’s June 21, 1947 UFO sighting near Maury Island, and the first reported ‘Man In Black’ encounter that happened to him the next day. The film â€“ which was shot in Burien, Des Moines, Tukwila and off the shores of Maury Island during the summer of 2013 â€“ was awarded the competitive Washington FilmWorks Innovation Lab funding during production. The Seattle International Film Festival is recognized as one of the top film festivals in North America, and is the largest, most highly attended film festival in the United States. â€œWe are absolutely delighted to be invited to premiere at SIFF,â€ said Director and Producer Scott Schaefer. â€œThe film has garnered a lot of attention, and weâ€™ve been humbled by the growing community of fans â€“ a great mix of historians, sci-fi fans, civic organizations, UFO and conspiracy buffs, tourism advocates, and folks simply excited about the local connections to the story â€“ that have been waiting to see the film. Where better to share the story and all the secrets, than right here where it all happened 67 years ago.â€ Moviemaker Magazine has dubbed the Big Island Film Festival one of â€œ20 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee” and â€œ25 Coolest Film Festivalsâ€. â€œWeâ€™re humbled to be selected for the Opening Night Gala at BIFF,â€ said Screenwriter and Producer Steve Edmiston. â€œWeâ€™ll screen outside under the stars, which seems incredibly appropriate for a story about an infamous UFO sighting.â€ The film explores the origins of the iconic Men In Black with a conspiratorial mythology set during the â€œsummer of the saucersâ€ in 1947, leading directly to FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover. Shot locally and featuring Seattle-area actors Tony DoupÃ©, Allen Fitzpatrick, John Patrick Lowrie, and David S. Hogan, the film was also produced by John White (Executive Producer), Scott and Laura Beth Peterson, and Danny House. SCREENING DETAILS:
Seattle International Film Festival: Part of â€œSeattle Supersonic Shortsâ€ Sunday, May 25, 11 a.m. (PDT) SIFF Uptown Theater 511 Queen Anne Avenue North Seattle, WA 98109TRAILER:The Maury Island Incident Trailer #1 from The Maury Island Incident on Vimeo. MORE INFO:
Big Island Film Festival Screening details: Part of Grand Opening Night Thursday, May 22, 7:30 p.m. (HAST) The Shops at Mauna Lani Center Stage 68-1330 Mauna Lani Drive Waimea, HI 96743
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A big congrats!
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