Wednesday, April 18, 2012

"The Phoenix Lights": a lot of credible viewers think they are UFO's; Tribeca shorts preview


Steve Lantz produced and Lynn D. Kitei, MD  directed and wrote  “The Phoenix Lights Documentary” in 2005, updated in 2008 with a release by Vanguard Films.  The documentary presents brief interview sound-bites from many witnesses who saw UFO-like displays over Phoenix from 1995 until the present, with the greatest event in early 1997 when people were looking for the Hale-Bopp comet.

The documentary presents plenty of testimony that the lights (in formation, often) could not be flares; they were too stable. 

The lights seem to stream down consistently from Flagstaff off the Mogollon Rim, to Phoenix. 

Of course, in 1975, media reported that a logger named Travis Walton was abducted by a UFO in the forest near Heber, Arizona, an event dramatized in Paramount’s 1993 film “Fire in the Sky”, directed by Robert Lieberman, with D. B. Sweeney as Travis and a lot of imagination as to the pod-like innards of the UFO.

I repeatedly visited a group called Understanding, founded by Dr. Dan Fry, at Tonopah, AZ, about 40 miles west of Phoenix on I-10.  Fry claims to have hosted an alien named “A-lan” in his book “To Men of Earth”.  The group had a settlement of saucer houses in the desert, no longer there now; in 2000, when I last visited the area, a cotton plantation had replaced it. 

The website for Kitei’s documentary is here. The film was presented at a number of west coast festivals, such as LA Independent and Westwood.


Wikipedia attribution link for picture of Phoenix.


For today’s short film, try “The Making of Doggy Bags”, about the short by Ed Burns that will premier at the Tribeca Film Festival, sponsored by American Express (card members acted in the film), link here

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