The first trailer for the locally-produced short film “The Maury Island Incident” has been released:


The film is based on the true story – taken directly from declassified FBI documents – of Harold Dahl’s June 21, 1947 UFO sighting near Maury Island and the first reported ‘Man In Black’ encounter that happened the next day. An investigation followed that resulted in a mysterious crash of a B-25 carrying “slag” evidence from the encounter, which killed Capt. William Davidson and Lt. Frank Brown (this film is dedicated to them). This case went all the way up to FBI Executive Director J. Edgar Hoover, who expressed personal interest in it.

Directed by WLB Publisher Scott Schaefer, Written by Steve Edmiston, Produced by Scott & Laura Beth Peterson and Danny House and Executive Produced by John White, the film was shot over four days this last summer in Des Moines, Burien Tukwila and off the waters of Maury Island.

With music composed and performed by Seahurst resident David Templeton, and a local crew recruited and assembled by Line Producer Elizabeth Heile – along with an excellent, all-local group of actors put together by Casting Director Stephen Salamunovich – “The Maury Island Incident” will be released very soon (watch for a test screening announcement very shortly!).

The film – which won an “Innovation Lab” award from Washington Filmworks in June – will then be submitted to various festivals, turned into online webisodes, and if all goes well, perhaps made into a feature-length film or TV series.

Speaking of which – if YOU would like to help us fund the marketing and film festival portion of this project, we’re still selling collectible wristbands for $25 each – just email to learn on how you can buy one!

The movie includes a great, all-local cast:

  • Tony Doupé as Harold Dahl
  • Allen Fitzpatrick as the original Man In Black
  • John Patrick Lowrie as J. Edgar Hoover
  • David S. Hogan as Agent Mitchell
  • Jodie Harwood as Helen Dahl
  • Justin Howell as Charles Dahl
  • Chris Soldevilla as Fred Crisman
  • Lisa B. Hammond as Miss Gandy
  • Danny House as Tin Room Owner
  • John White as Man on street
  • Laura Beth Peterson as Tin Room Waitress
  • Rick Walters and Aaron Breitbarth as Boat Workers
  • Kova” the dog as “Sparky” (the Dahl’s dog)


  • Directed by Scott Schaefer
  • Written by Steve Edmiston
  • Executive Producer: John White
  • Co-Executive Producers: Laura Beth & Scott Peterson, Danny House
  • Producers: Scott Schaefer, Steve Edmiston
  • Line Producer: Elizabeth Heile
  • Casting Director: Stephen Salamunovich
  • Associate Producer: Nancy Pappas Barnhart
  • Director of Photography: Mike Boydstun
  • Assistant Director: Laura Jean Cronin
  • 2nd Assistant Director: Rick Walters
  • Assistant Camera: Eric Remme
  • Still Photographer: Michael Brunk
  • Aerial Photography: Kelvin Hughes
  • DIT/Slate: Jeff Vanderpool
  • Sound: Kyle Porter
  • Editor: Mike Boydstun
  • Sound Design: Kyle Porter
  • Music: David Templeton
  • Production Manager: Nikki Sherritt-Lewis
  • Production Designer: Lisa B. Hammond
  • Prop Master: Jared Thomas
  • Set Decorator: Beth Peterson
  • On-Set Dresser: Darren Edwards
  • On-Set Dresser/Props: David Templeton
  • Set Dresser: Terry Wright
  • Set Dresser: Thomas Gilbert
  • Props Assist: Daniel Desrosier
  • Costume Design: Ashley Russell
  • Costume Assist: Chloe McNutt
  • Makeup: Renee Majour
  • Makeup Assist: Helena Caldwell (of Serenza Spa & Salon)
  • Special FX: Adam Rosand
  • Key Grip: Jimi Hicks
  • Gaffer: Mark Bueing
  • Swing: Ron Novak
  • Locations Manager: Will Chase
  • Script Supervisor: Andy Spletzer
  • Set PA: Jake Anderson
  • Set PA/Intern: Vixxen Pavy
  • Set PA/Intern: Bill Herling
  • Production Accountant: Jonica Combs
  • Set Medic: Shawn Dailey
  • Craft Services: Shannon D. Stabert
  • Dog Trainer: Katherine Martucci

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