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OUT OF THE BLUE
Narrated by actor –Peter Coyote – Out of the Blue is widely considered the best documentary ever made about the UFO subject.
The producers traveled the world to investigate some of the most famous UFO events on record. Through exclusive interviews with high-ranking military and government personnel, this award-winning film supports the theory that some UFOs might be of extraterrestrial origin.
Featuring Gov. Fife Symington, Astronauts Dr Edgar Mitchell and Gordon Cooper. Russian General Leonid Alexiev, Presidents Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford. Admiral Lord Hill Norton and White House Chief of Staff John Podesta.
Broadcast on the SY FI Channel US and UK Out of the Blue was the highest rated show in its strand.
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THE LONG ROAD TO MAKING OUT OF THE BLUE: A PERSONAL JOURNEY
I have been fascinated with the UFO subject since I was a young child. But my professional interest really kicked off in the early 90s when I did a couple of programs for BBC Radio 4 on the alien abduction phenomenon. Initially very skeptical I became intrigued after interviewing two of the leading researchers: Dr John Mack and Dr David Jacobs.
One of the programs was about the famous Travis Walton alleged abduction and coincided with the release of the movie Fire in the Sky (1992). (You can also hear this program in the Radio section).
After a lot of research I realized that, as a journalist, the UFO subject was one of the greatest stories never told. It was clear to me that there was a huge body of solid evidence, much from impeccable sources, that showed that some UFOs could be of unknown and quite possibly extraterrestrial origin, but for a number of interesting reasons, mostly to do with national security, (See the documentary-Out of the Blue) this information was being ridiculed and denied by mainstream media, the scientific establishment, and by military and political leaders.
If structured craft of unknown origin were penetrating our air space with impunity then this was undoubtedly the most incredible story I had ever encountered. And I was keen to write about it. Fortunately, in the UK, this coincided with a huge burst of public interest in the subject and a proliferation of magazines that catered to it.
During the 90s I wrote numerous articles for UFO magazines in the UK, US and Spain. This gave me the opportunity to really deepen my understanding of this complex subject and grated me the privilege of interviewing most of the leading researchers in the field.
FOR ENCOUNTERS MAGAZINE I TRAVELED TO MEXICO TO REPORT ON THEIR MASSIVE UFO WAVE
In 1996 I set about trying to make a documentary on the subject in the UK. Despite the fact that this was the decade of the X-Files, a program hugely popular with the British public, I soon discovered that this was next to impossible. The broadcasters I met fell in to the – don’t bother me with the facts my mind is already made up - school of non-journalism. And in the UK most of them still fall into this lamentable camp. Twenty years later I have yet to see a decent documentary on the subject made in the UK. (I will discuss the appalling treatment by the media of this subject and of serious paranormal research later.)
The turning point for me came when a radio program I had been asked to make for the BBC was axed after I had interviewed military whistleblower Robert O. Dean and cut the program ready for transmission. Dean claimed that he had been shown a top secret US government document called “An Assessment” whilst working for Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) – one of NATO’s military command centers - in Paris in the 1960s. This alleged document changed Dean’s life forever, for, as he states, it confirmed the reality of an alien intelligence visiting earth. The purpose of “An Assessment”, Dean claims, was to evaluate if these visitors posed any threat to allied forces in Europe and especially to try and avoid confusing their aerial activities with possible incoming Soviet ICBMs.
Not a bad story you might agree, but not for the BBC producer who axed it. (You can see my comments about this in a video interview I did for the Out of the Blue DVD)
Although I was busy writing about the subject for several magazines, I decided that the only way I was ever going to get a serious documentary made was to move to the US.
Since the huge popularity of movies like Close Encounters of the Third Kind and ET had shown there were large sections of the public who were fascinated with this phenomenon and since American broadcasters are primarily motivated by ratings, I knew they would be far more interested in making a documentary than their conservative colleagues in the UK.
British broadcasters, especially the BBC, have a far more elitist and condescending attitude towards what they think the public should see. If the commissioning editors don’t believe in UFOs, and why would they, since they have never read a book on the subject, they won’t commission any programs despite public interest. The same applies to most areas of the paranormal. So a handful of truly ignorant and biased individuals effectively suppresses serious journalistic investigation into this most critical of subjects just because they themselves can’t be bothered to look closely at the evidence due to their own bias. A criminal state of affairs, especially given that BBC executives, in particular, are funded by a tax on the British public, namely the license fee. So they are paid handsomely by the public to keep the very programs the public want to see from ever being made. In a modern democracy like Britain this is major scandal.
After moving to the States I rapidly made the contacts I needed. I continued writing for UFO magazines, including the X-Factor, which covered a broad range of out of the box topics and was by far the best in terms of content and production quality.
ONE OF MANY ARTICLES I WROTE FOR THE X-FACTOR. THIS ONE ON CATTLE MUTILATION
As I had suspected, US broadcasters were far more interested in the subject. Unfortunately the number of decent documentaries on it were rare. Eventually I found one that really stood out: UFOs: 50 years of Denial. I contacted the director, James Fox, who had already shot a number of key interviews with Apollo 14 astronaut Dr Edgar Mitchell and Mercury astronaut Gordon Cooper. (See journalism section for the actual interview)
Cooper’s interview was astonishing as he described how a UFO had landed in front of a group of technicians. He had sent them to film jets take off and land at Edward’s Air Force Base in California. Cooper missed actually seeing the craft first hand but was dumbfounded when he watched the film after it was hastily developed. Unfortunately after sending the film to Washington, as instructed, he never saw it again. (See journalism section for the actual interview)
James had run out of cash and needed a producer to come in and help finance the film, which I agreed to do so long as I could co-direct. It was an excellent collaboration for by that time, I had a fairly profound grasp of this extremely complex subject and I was able to bring in many of my key contacts that I had met through my journalism. This greatly improved the scope and depth of the film.
Several years later with the invaluable help of Boris Zubov who did far more than edit the film, we finally completed Out of the Blue and sold it to the SyFy Channel in 2002 where it became to the most viewed film in its strand.
James Fox, Boris Zubov and Tim Coleman the night OTB was screened on the SyFy Channel
It was the end of a very long road for me. I had finally managed to make the film I had wanted to make for so many years. And Out of the Blue remains one of the best films ever made about this extraordinary subject.
It has yet to be shown on the BBC!!
“Out of the Blue emerges as one of the very best films ever produced on this, one of the most interesting subjects in the history of science.”
Michael Shermer – Skeptic Magazine
“Powerful and thought provoking.”
Edgar Mitchell, Apollo 14 Astronaut.
“Out of the Blue …methodically lays out an argument that something is out there.”
“The weirdest thing about the UFO documentary Out of the Blue is how weird it isn’t.”
Michael Logan, TV Guide.