Join us for a film screening and Q&A about the 1947 Maury Island Incident, which prompted the original “Men in Black” appearance. Based on declassified FBI documents, directors’ Steve Edmiston and Scott Schaefer’s 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, Washington. 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.
Ability Accommodation Information
This event provides the following accommodations:
- Handicap Accessible
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.
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 twenty as a director and producer, six of which were spent in the trenches of Hollywood. His directing credits include 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 six 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.
About History Pub
Join us for beer and history, sponsored by the Oregon Historical Society and McMenamins, in which you'll hear lively local or regional history while you enjoy a frosty pint or two of handcrafted ale.