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Filmmakers to discuss new film on Maury UFO tale – Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber

The Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber newspaper posted this story on Tuesday, April 2 about our April 9 fundraiser for the Vashon-Maury Island Heritage Museum:

KING-TV’s ‘Evening Magazine’ does story on The Maury Island Incident

KING-TV’s “Evening Magazine” paid a visit to what many of our filmmakers consider our second office – The Tin Room Bar & Theater in Burien, where our “Man in Black” diner scene was shot – to do a story on “The Maury Island Incident”:

2nd annual ‘Burien UFO Festival’ will crash land in Olde Burien April Fool’s Day

Scene from the inaugural Burien UFO Festival on April 1, 2013. Photo by Michael Brunk.

The 2nd annual ‘Burien UFO Festival’ (aka ‘BUFO’) will crash land in Olde Burien on Tuesday, April 1 – April Fool’s Day – beginning at 7 p.m. in and around The Tin Room Bar at 923 SW 152nd.

Like last year’s wildly successful inaugural event, this one will include a 3-D flying saucer, Flash Mob dance, cash costume contests for Best Man in Black, Best Woman in Black and Best Alien, live music, and much more.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will also include something new – a Guinness Book of World Records attempt for most Men/Women in Black and Aliens in one place!

Participants are encouraged to dress up as well as bring their own UFOs (and other appropriate props) to the event. In addition, exclusively for those participating as costumed as aliens or Men/Women in Black, the Producers of “The Maury Island Incident” will conduct a photo shoot and final test screening of the film inside the Tin Theater starting at 9 p.m. Pending the film’s premiere, this screening will not be open to the public.

Organizer John White will be giving out $100 cash awards to the following “Bests” in a costume contest for:

  • Best Man in Black
  • Best Woman in Black
  • Best Alien

“It’s going to be another amazingly fun time with great live music, another flash mob, costume contest and world record attempt,” White told The B-Town Blog. “And I can’t wait to see the Tin Theater packed with Men and Women in Black and Aliens watching our final test screening!”

For those that have been off planet recently, “The Maury Island Incident,” a short film that was shot locally last summer that’s based on declassified FBI documents about a man’s UFO sighting claim near Maury Island on June 21, 1947. This often-overlooked incident happened just two days before Ken Arnold’s Mount Rainier sighting, which spawned the phrase “flying saucers,” and 16 days before the infamous Roswell crash. It also included what is considered by many experts to be the first “Man in Black” encounter. The BUFO event, and the film, were inspired by this amazing slice of local history. The film is awaiting its public film festival premiere.

Be sure to “Like” the BUFO Facebook Page here!


WHAT: 2nd annual Burien UFO Crash Event!

WHEN: Tuesday, April 1st at 7 p.m.+

WHERE: Intersection of SW 152nd and 10th Ave SW, Olde Burien (map below)


  • Witness unveiling of a constructed 3D rendition UFO
  • Enter to win $100 cash prizes for Best Man in Black, Best Woman in Black and Best Alien
  • Attempt to set world record for Most Men in Black, Women in Black and Aliens in one location
  • Final test screening of “The Maury Island Incident” to those in costumes starting at 9 p.m.

Some videos from/about last year’s event:

Flash Mob doing “Thriller,” as shot by Michael Brunk:

‘Maury Island Incident’ historical consultants release new book


Historical consultants to our film Charlette LeFevre and Philip Lipson – of the Northwest Museum of Legends and Lore – have released a book about the Maury Island Incident, which you can purchase online here:

Attention all investigators, UFO buffs, historians, military, JFK researchers…The Maury Island UFO Incident, the Mystery behind the Air Force’s first military plane crash is now available at

This is the brand new book from the Northwest Museum of Legends and Lore by Charlette LeFevre and Philip Lipson with a contributing forward by Dr. Larry Haapanen.

Never seen before photos and new information on one of Washington states most intriguing mystery.

The Maury Island UFO Incident is a bizarre mystery case spanning several months in the summer of 1947 in the Puget Sound area of Washington State and involved the Air Force’s first military plane crash.

This new book focuses on the crash site of the B-25 Bomber, a first ever interview with a local who was first on the scene and a newly discovered news photo of the crash site, believed to be the only photo available of the historical crash. This book brings forth more photos and new information than ever before on this mystery.

The mystery occurred two weeks before Roswell and involved three facets. The first facet the story by Harold Dahl of UFOs seen over Maury Island, the second Kenneth Arnold’s sighting of UFOs over Mt. Rainier and the third, the tragic crash of a B-25 Bomber and the deaths of two military intelligence officers. As the Air Force separated from the Army August 1st 1947 this was the first crash and fatalities of the Air Force.

“When I met Charlette LeFevre and Philip Lipson in 2007, I found them to be enthusiastic researchers who were energetically pursuing and impartially sifting through the facts about the Maury Island incident. This book is the result of their efforts. It presents new evidence and new analysis, and every reader will find it intriguing and informative.”

— Larry Haapanen, Ph.D, the last UFO investigator for the Fourth Air Force.

About the Authors
The “Scully and Mulder” of the Northwest, Charlette LeFevre and Philip Lipson have been researching the Maury Island UFO case since 2001 and are the foremost researchers on this historical incident. Charlette and Phiilp have been exploring and investigating Northwest Mysteries for over twenty years. Both Charlette and Philip are Directors of the Nortthwest Museum of Legend and Lore and can be found in Seattle living with their two dogs.

Check out the Northwest Museum of Legends and Lore here, and be sure to “Like” them on Facebook here.

Support our film – buy a cool, collectible ‘Maury Island Incident’ T-Shirt!

Cool, highly-collectible T-Shirts for “The Maury Island Incident” film are now on sale:


These unique branded t-shirts – available in both a high-quality Men’s and special Women’s cut – commemorate this locally-produced film, which was shot in the Burien/Tukwila/Des Moines area last summer.

Cost is just $20 per t-shirt, and all proceeds will go towards entering the movie in film festivals!

The Burien Arts Gallery is open Wed. – Sat. from Noon – 7pm, and Sunday from Noon – 5pm. It is located at 826 SW 152nd Street in Olde Burien (206-244-7808):

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New Historical Article found about Maury Island UFO Incident

Our friends at the Northwest Museum of Legends and Lore – who served as historical consultants on our film – recently found a front page headline that relates a UFO sighting to the Air Force’s first military plane crash in the state of Washington.


Recently researcher Charlette LeFevre and Philip Lipson made yet another discovery of a news headline that further documents the Air Force crash that involved two military officers carrying back what is believed to be evidence from a UFO sighting. The incident that involved a Maury Island UFO sighting, interviewing witnesses and pilot Kenneth Arnold has become known as the Maury Island UFO Incident – the “Roswell of the Northwest”.
For researchers of the Maury Island UFO sighting this is likened to finding another Roswell headline that had yet been undiscovered and disclosed.

“Wrecked Bomber Carried Disc Secret  Mon. – Aug. 4, 1947, Tacoma Times

Army Says Data Was On Plane

By Paul Lantz

The army air forces Monday confirmed reports the B-25 bomber which crashed at Kelso Friday carrying classified secret material pertaining to discs.

According to a United Press report Monday, Brig. Gen. Ned Schramm, chief of staff of the Fourth air force at San Francisco, confirmed a story carried exclusively in the Tacoma Times Saturday that the planes had been on a disc mission.

The Times, which was the first newspaper to break the story, had been informed by an anonymous tipster that the fallen plane carried disc data at the time of the crash.

Still unconfirmed is the tipster’s statement that the crash was caused by sabotage.

It was revealed Monday that specimens obtain on Maury Island by two Tacoma businessmen are of a substance unknown to the University of Chicago metallurgists.

H.A. Dahl in the newsroom of The Tacoma Times told reports that fragments picked up at the island by himself and partner prior to the first sighting of the discs, were still unclassified by University of Chicago technicians.”…

Previously, in 2006, the museum researchers had discovered a never before seen news article in the Kelsonian Tribune “Flying Disk Investigators Die in Army Bomber Wreck” and through local interviews located the spot of the B-25 Bomber crash site near Kelso Washington on Aug. 15, 2007 along with landowner James Greear.

The Northwest Museum of Legends and Lore, formerly the Seattle Museum of the Mysteries, has been researching the mystery since 2001. LeFevre and Lipson hope to publish a book in the upcoming weeks on the complete incident with new documents, photos and information.  The incident involved such personalities as Harold Dahl, Kenneth Arnold who’s sighting over Mt. Rainier is when media coined the term flying saucer, the first documented case of a man in black and Fred Crisman who would later be interviewed by Jim Garrison on the JFK assassination.

The full article and history of the incident and crash. can be found here:

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Here’s the first Trailer for “The Maury Island Incident”:

Vashon Beachcomber: ‘Film on UFO sighting unfolds on Maury Island’

Elizabeth Shepherd did a great profile about the shooting of our film for the Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber – read it here:

‘UFOs & Men in Black Arrive in Puget Sound’ – Washington Filmworks

Washington Filmworks – which awarded “The Maury Island Incident” one of five Innovation Lab Awards – recently posted a story about our film, which is currently in post-production.

Read their full story here:

PHOTOS: Behind-the-scenes look at the making of ‘The Maury Island Incident’

Photo by Michael Brunk /

Story by Scott Schaefer
Photos by Michael Brunk

If you happened upon a bunch of people furiously moving camera gear, lights, stands, cables and other filmmaking equipment in the area last weekend, you may have witnessed the filming of “The Maury Island Incident,” a locally-produced movie that was shot in Burien, Des Moines, Tukwila and on the waters off Maury Island.

The short 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 will be dedicated to them). This case went all the way up to FBI Executive Director J. Edgar Hoover, who expressed personal interest in it.

Written/Produced by Steve Edmiston (The Day My Parents Became Cool, Crimes of the Past and others), and Directed/Produced by Scott Schaefer (Bill Nye the Science Guy, The Arsenio Hall Show, Almost Live! and many others), production took place at a home in Tukwila, in boats off Maury Island, at the Tin Room Bar in Burien and at the Landmark Event Center in Des Moines between Friday, June 28 and Monday, July 1.

The main management team also includes Executive Producer John White, along with Laura Beth and Scott Peterson (SAFE Boats) and Danny House, owner of the Tin Room Bar/Theater.

A crew of 31 or so – 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” is slated to be completed sometime this fall. 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 (email to learn on how you can help us do that…).

The idea to make a film started on June 21, 2012, when Steve Edmiston threw an outdoor party to commemorate the anniversary date of the Maury Island Incident near his home in Des Moines. I attended, and having known of the incident from my days as a Director on a UFO TV show called “Sightings,” I asked (or perhaps told) Edmiston if/that he wanted to make a movie about it. Over several months of talking, we finally put together a treatment and floated the idea on his blogs. Then, on Dec. 5, 2012, we held a pitch/fundraiser meeting at the Tin Theater. Afterwards Danny House introduced us to John White, who loved the story idea so much that he decided to help us make the movie.

In order to actually make a movie, you need to build a team. “Find the best people available, hire them and let them do their jobs,” was the common statement made by numerous Directors I studied. I personally recruited Boydstun, Steve recruited Elizabeth, she recruited a production team, and so on and so on…until we had a real, full, professional crew excited to make a great movie!

One of the most important things we did was hire Casting Director Stephen Salamunovich, who auditioned over 80 of the best Actors and Actresses in the northwest, gave recommendations and helped us put together an amazing cast. Each Actor brought his or her own skills to the shoot, and we encouraged collaboration. Most studied the story, asked questions and provided new insights we hadn’t thought of. What a pleasure to work with such pros, who consistently amazed the entire crew with their acting abilities, not to mention patience and ability to memorize, start and stop on cue and always give us great takes (and outtakes too!).

If you’ve ever worked on a movie set before, you know just how busy and crazy things can get, with crew members each doing their jobs like efficient worker ants, always striving to get things ready for the next shot as soon as possible. A Director (me, in my first attempt at shooting a film despite 28+ years’ of directing/writing TV) working with actors, as well as with a Director of Photography (Mike Boydstun, who I’ve known since we both worked on “Almost Live!” at KING-TV), discussing each shot and preparing, all the while managed by an Assistant Director (Laura Jean Cronin) who’s making sure things are running on time, that equipment is set and ready, then at the right moment shouting “QUIET! Roll audio! Roll camera!” allowing me to say “And…ACTION!” (TIP: including “And…” is vital as it prepares everyone for the “Action!” part) and for us all to shut the heck up and get the shot.

Then…doing another take “just for insurance” or perhaps “holding for sound” when airplanes (or buses, loud cars, people, etc.) went by, or a dozen other reasons why we want to try it again…all as our A.D. is asking if we’re ready to move on yet…whew! This was the most intense production experience I’ve had since 1992 when I had the opportunity to direct Arsenio Hall in a comedy sketch on the New York street backlot at Paramount Pictures in Hollywood (Mr. Hall would only do one take, and was accompanied by a large, burly entourage driving tiny golf carts!).

On Saturday, June 29 we shot on the water, using two production boats and a “hero” boat called The Reliable. The good folks at the Des Moines Marina let us use their party dock for our temporary production offices, and since there wasn’t much room only essential crew members boarded the boats. Shooting on a small 1945 Tug Boat was cozy and very difficult. Just moving the crew out of the way of each set up and shot was tough! Add to that a very talented child Actor (Justin Howell), a Golden Retriever (“Kova”) and her Trainer Katherine Martucci, along with camera gear, props and crew, then throw it all onto Puget Sound and you can imagine what a logistics nightmare it almost became. But we got all the shots we needed (I think…) and Mt. Rainier appeared in all its glory for our hero shot towards the end of the day.

We’re now moving onto post-production, where Mr. Boydstun will edit the film into a cohesive story using synched sound from Kyle Porter. Luckily, since he was the Cinematographer, he (hopefully) got all the shots needed to complete the film. If not, we’ll get creative and figure things out. Once a rough cut is made, we’ll review it, revisions will be made, and we’ll watch it again. We’ll then “lock” the picture, get our special effects created and inserted, add all-original music from local musician David Templeton, then sweeten and mix the audio and voila…our movie will be done and ready for the world!

We’ll then move on to the film festival circuit, entering, promoting, marketing and trying to monetize our baby, hoping always to turn it into something bigger that we can all work on again, maybe as early as next summer.

You can always tell you’ve been under extreme stress, when – even after a big project (in this case, the filming) is finished – you still dream about it every night. We finished shooting on Monday, July 1, and as recent as Thursday night, July 4 I still had dreams about it. In my nocturnal visions, we’re usually setting up a shot, running very much behind schedule with LOTS of pressure to start filming again, when I suddenly look at the monitor and wonder “What is this shot? I don’t remember this? Why are we filming the back of a truck covered in canvas? That’s NOT in the script!” Another variation is being in the editing room, watching footage and wondering where this or that great shot went that I swear we got, then realizing we forgot to record it! It’s like the classic dream of having to take a test in a class you never had, knowing that if you didn’t pass you wouldn’t graduate.

My personal wish is to make this the absolute BEST project I’ve ever worked on, and to somehow parlay it into more movie work that both highlights and stimulates the economies of our great communities.

We’ll screen the film locally at the Tin Theater, so stay tuned for more info as we get closer. We can’t wait to show it to you!

Here are some photos taken by official Still Photographer Michael Brunk (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):


  • Tony Doupe 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


  • 1947 ‘Man In Black’ Buick provided by John White
  • Craft Services Donations courtesy Salty’s at Redondo, Azteca of Burien
  • Historical Consultants: Charlette & Philip LeFevre of the NW Museum of Legends and Lore
  • Special thanks to the Des Moines Marina
  • Special thanks to the Cities of Des Moines, Burien, Tukwila and Maury Island
  • Special thanks to the Maury Island Incident Historical Society
  • Shot at Maury Island, Landmark on the Sound (Des Moines), Terry Joaquin house (for sale in Tukwila), Tin Room Bar (Burien)
  • Camera boat: SAFE Boats
  • Picture boat: “The Reliable

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