Local filmmakers and historians Steve Edmiston and Scott Schaefer will be presenting ‘J. Edgar Hoover’s Flying Discs: The Maury Island Incident’ at the 40th Annual Norwescon from 3 – 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 13 at the Doubletree Inn in SeaTac.
Celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Summer of the Saucers, the filmmakers will provide a special lecture presentation, “J. Edgar Hoover’s flying discs: why the Maury Island Incident is the seminal event in modern popular culture relating to UFOs, conspiracies, and cover-ups,” followed by the screening of the multiple award-winning 30-minute film, ‘The Maury Island Incident,’ as well as an audience Q&A session.
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‘The Maury Island Incident’ tells the forgotten, tragic story – taken directly from declassified FBI documents – of Harold Dahl’s June 21, 1947, UFO sighting near Maury Island. It explores the origins of the iconic “Men in Black” within a conspiratorial mythology set during the Summer of the Saucers in 1947, all leading directly to FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover.
The film’s honors/awards include:
- 2015 UFO Congress Best Short Film
- Big Island Film Festival opening night gala
- Washington Filmworks Innovation Lab Grant
- Gig Harbor Film Festival Best Short
- Seattle International Film Festival world premiere and more.
The short was Directed/Produced by three-time Emmy Award winner Scott Schaefer (Bill Nye the Science Guy, Penn & Teller:Bullsh*t, The Arsenio Hall Show, Almost Live! and many others) from an original script by Writer/Producer Steve Edmiston (Crimes of the Past, A Relative Thing, The Day My Parents Became Cool, and others).
The film was Executive Produced by John White. Producers include Scott & Laura Beth Peterson and Danny House.
The film – which was shot in Des Moines, Burien, Tukwila and off the shores of Maury Island – has also been turned into an “Original Series” and can be found on Hulu and Indieflix.
It can also be viewed on-demand here.
More info on the film available here: www.mauryislandincident.com
Here’s a trailer for the film: