Award-Winning UFO Sighting Movie Comes to Yelm

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The award-winning UFO-based film titled “The Maury Island Incident” will screen starting at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2.

The setting for The Maury Island Incident is on Puget Sound just north of Tacoma. The film tells the forgotten, tragic story taken directly from declassified FBI documents of Harold Dahl’s June 21, 1947 UFO sighting near Maury Island, and explores the origins of the iconic “Men in Black” within a conspiratorial mythology set during the “summer of saucers” in 1947, all leading to involvement by FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover.

The Maury Island UFO sighting on July 21, 1947 occurred just three days before the sighting of nine UFOs over Mount Rainier by Kenneth Arnold on June 24, 1947, and a month before the reported Roswell UFO crash in New Mexico (July 4, 1947). That sighting over Mount Rainier is when the phrase “unidentified flying saucer” was first coined, and 70 years later was the impetus for last summer’s first-ever Yelm UFO Fest.

The Maury Island Incident Director Scott Schaefer (he has worked on such shows as Bill Nye the Science Guy, The Arsenio Hall Show and Seattle’s Almost Live) and screenwriter Steve Edmiston (Crimes of the Past, the Periphery Project, Vol. 1, A Relative Thing and The Day My Parents Became Cool) will screen their multiple award-winning film, The Maury Island Incident, and provide a live presentation titled “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.”

The filmmakers will take questions and discuss their upcoming projects, including a possible movie retelling the Mount Rainier UFO incident.

The Maury Island Incident’s honors/awards include: 2015 UFO Congress Best Short Film; Big Island Film Festival Opening Night Gala; Washington Film Works Innovative Lab Competitive Grant; Gig Harbor Film Festival Best Short; and Seattle Int’l Film Festival World Premiere. The film was adapted into a web series distributed on Hulu and other independent film outlets.

To celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the “Summer of the Saucers,” the film was celebrated in 2017 with a resolution on the floor of the Washington state Senate for its contribution to the history and popular culture of Washington state, and featured at the Washington State Historical Museum.

Cameron Jayne, director of Yelm’s Triad Theater, and key Yelm UFO Fest organizer, said she is excited about the film showing and is anticipating it being shown again at this year’s festival, along with possibly other films of that genre.  

For more information and tickets to The Maury Island Incident contact the Triad Theater at thetriadtheater@gmail.com.

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