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Fundraiser screening for Vashon-Maury Island Heritage Association will be Aug. 13

A benefit screening of the locally-produced UFO film “The Maury Island Incident” for the Vashon-Maury Island Heritage Association will take held on Tuesday night, Aug. 13, 2019 at the Vashon Theatre, starting at 6 p.m.

“The Maury Island Incident” is an award-winning 30-minute film that tells the forgotten, tragic 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 to him the very next day.

The screening will be preceded by a short presentation, and followed by a Q&A session with Filmmakers.

The film – which was shot in Burien, Des Moines, Tukwila and off the shores of Maury Island during the summer of 2013 – had its world premiere at the Big Island Film Festival, and its North American premiere at the Seattle International Film Festival. It was awarded the competitive Washington FilmWorks Innovation Lab funding during production.

Directed/Produced by Scott Schaefer from a script by Writer/Producer Steve Edmiston, it features Seattle-area actors Tony Doupé, Allen Fitzpatrick, John Patrick Lowrie, David S. Hogan and many others. It was Executive Produced by John White, and Produced by Scott and Laura Beth Peterson and Danny House.

Here’s a brief review from noted paranormal/UFO radio host Clyde Lewis:

“The tension in this film is so thick you can cut it with a knife. The Maury Island Incident captures a moment in time long forgotten by most UFO researchers. It also reopens those Cold War feelings that are nothing but a forgotten memory in the post 9/11 era. Bravo!”

Tickets are $10 each, and proceeds will benefit the Vashon-Maury Island Heritage Association.

Collectible t-shirts and hats will also be on sale in the lobby.

The Vashon Theatre is located at 17723 Vashon Hwy SW, Vashon, WA 98070 (more info here).

More info on the film here:

Here’s a trailer:

See ‘The Maury Island Incident’ FREE at McMenamins Elk Temple in Tacoma on Tuesday, July 2!

Your next – and FREE – chance to see the award-winning, locally produced film “The Maury Island Incident” will be Tuesday, July 2 at the amazingly restored McMenamins Elks Temple in Tacoma.

This all ages event will include a presentation by filmmaker Steve Edmiston, as well as a screening of the 30-minute film and a Q&A afterwards.

If you haven’t seen the film yet, this is a fantastic opportunity to learn about this historic, local UFO and the first ‘Man In Black’ incident that happened just off Maury Island in June of 1947 (more info here: Here’s a trailer:

It’s all part of McMenamins ongoing Elks Temple History Pub held at their historic, beautifully restored 1916 Elks Temple.

And if you are able to attend, see if you can also find the painting below, which includes references to Maury Island and the Man In Black, and hangs on a wall within the Elks Temple:

WHAT: FREE presentation, screening & Q&A of ‘The Maury Island Incident’

WHEN: Tuesday, July 2:

  • 5:30 p.m. doors open
  • 7 p.m. event

WHERE: McMenamins Elks Temple Spanish Ballroom, 565 Broadway, Tacoma, WA 98402 (map below); (253) 300-8790

COST: FREE. First come, first served. Arrive early!

  • All ages welcome
  • Qualifies for “Attend a McMenamins History-Sponsored Event” Experience Stamp.


“Why not stay the night too? Mention you’re attending the History Pub for 15% off your hotel room.”

Presented by filmmakers Steve Edmiston and Scott Schaefer

Based on declassified FBI documents, The Maury Island Incident tells the incredible, tragic and forgotten story of Harold Dahl, who on June 21, 1947, alleged a UFO sighting over Puget Sound, WA. This event sparked “the summer of the saucers,” the modern era of UFO obsession, the first appearance of “Men in Black” and a governmental battle over UFO sighting jurisdiction reaching directly to FBI Executive Director J. Edgar Hoover.

Join us for a film screening/Q&A about the 1947 Maury Island Incident, which prompted the original “Men in Black” appearance, popularized by Hollywood, presented by directors Steve Edmiston and Scott Schaefer.

Steve Edmiston works as an independent feature film screenwriter and producer. He is also an attorney with 25 years of experience practicing business, litigation intellectual property, and entertainment law. Edmiston is a frequent teacher, advisor, and speaker on film and film industry issues. He has shown his films at a variety of festivals including: Palm Springs, Fort Lauderdale, Seattle International Film Festival, Big Island Film Festival, Ashland and Port Townsend.

Edmiston Wrote and Directed the award-winning short The Day My Parents Became Cool, which was shot entirely in the south Puget Sound area.

Find more information on Edmiston’s screen credits and films, including cast information, trailer videos and release dates on IMDb.

Scott Schaefer is a three-time National Emmy Award winning Writer (Bill Nye the Science Guy, PBS/Disney) with over 33 years’ experience in media, including over 20 as a Director and Producer, six of which were spent in the trenches of Hollywood.

His directing credits includes for the TV shows Penn & Teller:Bullsh*t! (Showtime) where he was nominated for a Directors Guild Award for Outstanding Directing in a Reality Show (2005), Sightings (a UFO show for Paramount Pictures), The Arsenio Hall Show (Paramount), Totally Hidden Video (Fox), The Late Show (Fox), Fox On-Air Promotions, Almost Live! (KING-TV, where he won 6 Local Emmy Awards) and many others in-between.

Schaefer currently runs a network of seven local blogs for an area south of Seattle called South King Media, which includes the award-winning B-Town Blog.

For a full list of credits and a Demo Reel, visit

For more information on the Maury Island Incident Historical Society:

The 1916 Elks Temple has been restored and reimagined into a vibrant gathering place for out-of-town guests and locals alike. From the Old Hangout, a bar reminiscent of world travels, to the Spanish Ballroom, a grand space hosting live music, you’ll find entertainment at every turn. Threads of art, history and elements of the local community are woven into the structure. Wherever you are in Elks Temple, you’ll find the comforts of your favorite neighborhood pub and a world of adventure.

Come see our film/presentation at UFO/Paranormal Summit Saturday, Mar. 2!

Come see our award-winning film presentation & Filmmaker Q&A at the UFO/Paranormal Summit at the Quinault Beach Resort & Casino in Ocean Shores on Saturday, Mar. 2 at 1 p.m.!

More info and tickets available here:

Screening/Q&A at McMenamin’s UFO Festival on Thurs., May 16!

Come see a full screening of our award-winning film, followed by a Q&A with filmmakers at the awesome McMenamin’s UFO Festival in McMinnville, OR on Thursday, May 16!

More details/ticket info  is available by clicking here.

Here’s more info about this great #UFO Festival:

70 years ago, the tiny town of McMinnville was struck with UFO fever when a local family spotted a flying disc from their farm, making national news. 50 years later, in 1999, the fever descended again with the very first UFO Festival. Time warp to today: the 20th annual UFO Festival is back, better than ever!

The 3-day festival includes renowned speakers & experts, movie screenings, radio broadcasts, vendor booths, live music, alien trivia, the Alien Abduction Dash fun run, pet costume contest, beer tastings, dining with speakers, and the Alien Costume Ball. Join us for a galaxy of fun!

See us at the Burien UFO Festival on Thursday, April 5!

We will be screening our award-winning short film at the Burien UFO Festival (BUFO) on Thursday, April 5, starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Tin Theater in Olde Burien!

Filmmakers will be on hand for a Q&A after the film.

BUFO is a fun, out-of-this-world block party style festival celebrating UFOs, aliens, experiences and more, and for 2018 it’ll also feature speaker presentations, starting at 4:30 p.m.:

The cost is $10 per speaker, or $25 for an all-access pass to all four:

  • 4:30 p.m. – Vince Ynzunza – UFO POP: The Northwest’s Influence on UFO Popular Culture
  • 5:30 p.m. – The Maury Island Incident film screening – The Truth Revealed, with Scott Schaefer & Steve Edmiston
  • 6:45 p.m. – UFOiTeam – “Tell Us Your Story”
  • 8:30 p.m. – Burien Film Festival presents Best of UFO Films 2018


BUFO invites all UFO enthusiasts, skeptics and aliens to join in this fun, local celebration of all things otherworldly, inspired by The Maury Island Incident UFO event which predates Roswell by 10 days.

Here’s the lineup:

Food Trucks:

For more info:

Sponsored by John White and Shelli Park, in partnership with The Tin Room, B-Town Blog, Burien Arts Association, and B-Town DOG.

Next Presentation/Screening will be Friday, Feb. 2 in Yelm

The next presentation/screening of the award-winning “The Maury Island Incident” will be Friday, Feb. 2, starting at 7 p.m. at the Triad Theater in Yelm, WA.

More info here:

History, Beer, Flying Saucers & ‘Maury Island Incident’ film event on Thursday, Oct. 26

The Washington State History Museum in Tacoma will be celebrating the 70th Anniversary of two of history’s most notable UFO sightings with a 21+ evening of beer tastings and all things flying saucers on Thursday, Oct. 26, from 7 – 10 p.m.

The two cases being celebrated include the Kenneth Arnold UFO sighting and the Maury Island incident, which both took place in Washington in 1947. These two events gave rise to the terms “flying saucer” and “men in black” and kicked off a craze of sightings that year, which included the Roswell incident and many others.

The evening event includes beer tastings with Three Magnets Brewing Co., a presentation on and showing of the film The Maury Island Incident with the filmmakers, UFO-related crafting with the The Museum of Flight, open exhibit galleries, and more.

Here’s a trailer for the local, award-winning film ‘The Maury Island Incident’:

Admission is $15 in advance or $20 at the door, and includes a cool, commemorative pint glass and two drink tickets – buy tickets here:

More info here:

It’ll be a night you won’t soon forget, regardless of what the men in black try to tell you…

The Washington State History Museum is located at 1911 Pacific Ave in Tacoma:

RADIO INTERVIEW: KNKX Radio: ‘Before UFOs In Roswell, There Was The Maury Island Incident’

Jennifer Wing at KNKX Radio in Seattle recently conducted a 10-minute interview/feature story called “Before UFOs In Roswell, There Was The Maury Island Incident” – takes a listen here:

VIDEO: Washington State Senate passes Resolution #8648, recognizing the 70th anniversary of The Maury Island Incident

On Tuesday, April 17, 2017, the Washington State Senate passed Resolution #8648, which recognizes the 70th anniversary of The Maury Island Incident.

Thanks to Sen. Karen Keiser for presenting the resolution!

View the full proceedings here:

VIDEO: ‘Pacific NorthWEIRD’ does episode about ‘The Maury Island Incident’

Our friends at “Pacific NorthWEIRD” produced a most-excellent episode about our film, shot at ‘Burning Saucer,’ the event’s 68th anniversary party on June 21, 2015: