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FESTIVAL NEWS: Our North American Premiere will be in Seattle; World Premiere in Hawaii


The Seattle International Film Festival (“SIFF”) will host the North American premiere for locally-produced film “The Maury Island Incident” on Sunday, May 25, and the film will screen as an opening night selection when it world premieres at the Big Island Film Festival (“BIFF”) in Kona, Hawaii, on Thursday, May 22.

“The Maury Island Incident” is a 30-minute short 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 next day.

The film – which was shot in Burien, Des Moines, Tukwila and off the shores of Maury Island during the summer of 2013 – was awarded the competitive Washington FilmWorks Innovation Lab funding during production.

The Seattle International Film Festival is recognized as one of the top film festivals in North America, and is the largest, most highly attended film festival in the United States.

“We are absolutely delighted to be invited to premiere at SIFF,” said Director and Producer Scott Schaefer. “The film has garnered a lot of attention, and we’ve been humbled by the growing community of fans – a great mix of historians, sci-fi fans, civic organizations, UFO and conspiracy buffs, tourism advocates, and folks simply excited about the local connections to the story – that have been waiting to see the film. Where better to share the story and all the secrets, than right here where it all happened 67 years ago.”

Moviemaker Magazine has dubbed the Big Island Film Festival one of “20 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee” and “25 Coolest Film Festivals”.

“We’re humbled to be selected for the Opening Night Gala at BIFF,” said Screenwriter and Producer Steve Edmiston. “We’ll screen outside under the stars, which seems incredibly appropriate for a story about an infamous UFO sighting.”

The film explores the origins of the iconic Men In Black with a conspiratorial mythology set during the “summer of the saucers” in 1947, leading directly to FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover. Shot locally and featuring Seattle-area actors Tony Doupé, Allen Fitzpatrick, John Patrick Lowrie, and David S. Hogan, the film was also produced by John White (Executive Producer), Scott and Laura Beth Peterson, and Danny House.


Seattle International Film Festival:
Part of “Seattle Supersonic Shorts”
Sunday, May 25, 11 a.m. (PDT)
SIFF Uptown Theater
511 Queen Anne Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98109

Big Island Film Festival Screening details:
Part of Grand Opening Night
Thursday, May 22, 7:30 p.m. (HAST)
The Shops at Mauna Lani Center Stage
68-1330 Mauna Lani Drive
Waimea, HI 96743


The Maury Island Incident Trailer #1 from The Maury Island Incident on Vimeo.


We’re on the cover of Washington Film Magazine!


A behind-the-scenes account of the origins and making of “The Maury Island Incident” by Director/Producer Scott Schaeferis currently featured on the cover of Washington Film Magazine!

Download a PDF of it here.

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:

Click here to see our first Trailer!

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: