United Kingdom | 2013 | 85 minutes | John Lundberg, Roland Denning, Kypros Kyprianou, Mark Pilkington
This mind-scrambling documentary suggests that popular myths about the existence of UFOs in Roswell originated from U.S. government disinformation campaigns. Conspiracy theorists square off with former counter-intelligence officers to analyze who was being distracted—and from what.
May 20, 2014
AMC Pacific Place 11
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May 21, 2014
SIFF Cinema Egyptian
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On the afternoon of June 24, 1947, pilot Kenneth Arnold reported seeing nine unidentified flying objects, “shaped like saucers,” in the skies near Mt. Rainier. His report was the first in what would become a series of sightings—culminating in the Roswell incident—that gave birth to the modern UFO phenomenon. Five years later, the CIA convened a panel of scientists who concluded that though the evidence for UFOs was meager at best, nevertheless the U.S. government should exercise great care to debunk these reports, while individual citizens who expressed a great interest in UFOs should be carefully monitored. Mirage Men explores the U.S. government’s disinformation campaign among UFO enthusiasts, particularly in the person of Air Force Intelligence agent Richard C. Doty, who for years planted the seeds of several UFO myths that still persist in popular culture. Weaving together testimony from Agent Doty himself as well as from a number of key figures within the UFO movement, director John Lundberg and screenwriter Mark Pilkington brilliantly illuminate how both truths and falsehoods have become inextricably entangled into a modern mythology.
John Lundberg is an artist and filmmaker from London who graduated from the National Film and Television School in 2004 after making several short documentaries. Lundberg’s interest in UFOlogy, myth, and the paranormal is evident in most of his work. Mirage Men is his first feature length documentary.
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|Director:||John Lundberg, Roland Denning, Kypros Kyprianou, Mark Pilkington|
|Running Time:||85 minutes|
|Producer:||Roland Denning, Kypros Kyprianou, John Lundberg, Mark Pilkington|
|Cinematographers:||Zillah Bowes, Grant Wakefield|
|Editors:||Kypros Kyprianou, Roland Denning|
|Website:||Official Film Website|
|Filmography:||Debut Feature Film|
|US Distributor:||Random Media|