Friday, February 25, 2011

UFO MATRIX conference


I'll be speaking on the subject of 'UFOs and Hollywood' at the UFO MATRIX conference in Yorkshire this October. Keynote speaker at the event will be Travis Walton, whose now famous abduction experience in the White Mountains of Arizona in 1975 inspired the Hollywood UFO movie Fire in the Sky (1993).

Conference details below as provided by UFO MATRIX editor Philip Mantle:



October 15th & 16th, 2011
 King’s Croft Hotel, Pontefract, West Yorkshire, England

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Betty and Barney Hill alien abduction account, UFO MATRIX is staging a two-day conference. The conference will have a line-up of UFO researchers and experiencers plus new books signings and other unique UFO items for sale.

The full line-up of speakers is:

Travis Walton (USA):
Abductee whose experience was made into the l993 Paramount movie ‘Fire in the Sky’, and author of the book of the same name.

Kathleen Marden (USA):
The niece of Betty Hill and co-author of ‘CAPTURED – The Betty & Barney Hill UFO Experience.’
Nick Pope & Bridget Grant (A joint researcher/experiencer presentation)
Mike Hallowell
Philip Mantle & Rosalind Reynolds (A joint researcher/experiencer presentation)
Robbie Graham
Malcolm Robinson & Garry Wood (A joint researcher/experiencers presentation)
John Hanson
Dave Hodrien

This will be Kathleen Marden’s first ever presentation in the UK and Travis Walton has not lectured here since the release of his movie in 1993. Kathleen will be speaking on both days and each presentation will be different.

All speakers subject to change.

Ticket Prices:

Single day £25.00 per person
Saturday & Sunday ticket: £40.00 per person.

Tickets for this event are strictly limited so you are advised to order early to avoid disappointment. There is ample free parking at the venue but accommodation is limited. There will be a hot buffet lunch available for purchase on both days and refreshments can be obtained all day from the hotel bar. There will also be two vendors’ rooms selling a wide variety of ufological items such as books, DVDs and a whole lot more. Accommodation at the venue is very limited; you are therefore advised to book alternative accommodation nearby if you plan to stay overnight.

Tickets will go on sale shortly. To be placed on our mailing list please email:

On behalf of everyone at UFO MATRIX we look forward to seeing you in October.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Recommended book: Reel Power

If you're interested in the politics of Hollywood and the powerful interests working tirelessly to exploit this so-called 'Dream Factory', both from outside and within, then you should take a look at Reel Power: Hollywood Cinema and American Supremacy, by my colleague Dr Matthew Alford.

Though not about UFOs, the book nevertheless provides much food for thought for anyone intrigued by the notion of a 'Hollywood UFO conspiracy', shining a light on the corporations (including leading defence contractors as well as the parent companies of the studios themselves) and political agencies (including the CIA) that can and do influence the content of Hollywood productions on a regular basis.

Description from the publisher:

Hollywood is often characterised as a stronghold of left-liberal ideals. In Reel Power, Matthew Alford shows that it is in fact deeply complicit in serving the interests of the most regressive US corporate and political forces.

Films like Transformers, Terminator: Salvation and Black Hawk Down are constructed with Defence Department assistance as explicit cheerleaders for the US military, but Matthew Alford also emphasises how so-called 'radical' films like Three Kings, Hotel Rwanda and Avatar present watered-down alternative visions of American politics that serve a similar function.

Reel Power is the first book to examine the internal workings of contemporary Hollywood as a politicised industry as well as scores of films across all genres. 

No matter what the progressive impulses of some celebrities and artists, Alford shows how they are part of a system that is hard-wired to encourage American global supremacy and frequently the use of state violence.

If any of this appeals to you, then you should also check out the following articles co-authored by Matthew and myself focusing on the 'deep politics' of Hollywood:

Lights, Camera... Covert Action

In the Parents' Best Interests

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

UFO movies in 2011

With alien vistation movies Paul (left) and I Am Number Four currently making their mark at the box-office, 2011 is set to be another bumper year for the UFO/alien subgenre.

Hitting the big screen in the coming months - in order of their US release dates - are:

Battle: Los Angeles (11 March)
Mars Needs Moms (11 March)
Apollo 18 (22 April)
Super 8 (10 June)
Green Lantern (17 June)
Transformers: Dark of the Moon (1 July)
Cowboys and Aliens (29 July)
The Darkest Hour (5 August) 
The Thing (14 October)
Area 51 (October)

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Aliens set to invade in June

Spielberg's epic alien invasion series Falling Skies is headed for TV screens in the US this summer and is previewed here. Or check out the official website here.
Spielberg's obsession with UFOs, of course, dates back to his childhood and has over the years resulted in the production of numerous UFO-themed films and TV series bearing his name. For an in-depth expolration of Spielberg's intriguing UFO connections, see my co-authored article on the subject over at The Presidents UFO Website.


Welcome to Silver Screen Saucers, a new blog providing news and commentary on Hollywood's UFO movies, old and new.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Time Off

We didn't have any visitors this week (except Barry Christenson, the former Midway Manager from a few years ago). There's still a lot of interest in the Short-tailed albatross chick. It's getting big fast. We've had pretty cool, breezy weather lately too. It's even been in the 50's. I know a lot of you on the mainland wouldn't mind that about now.

We also got a new flight contractor. I got to leave on their first flight out. I'm on vacation now in Alexandria, VA right now, so I won't be doing a blog until I get back the first week in March. I'm keeping it short this week, since I was only on Midway for 4 days. Here's some pictures.

Here's the female short-tailed albatross on the chick. It shouldn't be too much longer until the parents leave it alone to go on more foraging trips.

Our new G2 is pretty nice. It's fast too. No more 6 hour flights in the G1.

The Laysan albatross chicks are getting big too. Some of the black-footed albatross are being left alone already.

Another flying albatross.

There were 35 turtles basking on Turtle Beach this weekend.

I went and checked out some of the areas that got flooded in the big storm. All of the white dots are eggs that got washed out of the nests.

Here's a view of the old seaplane hangar. It still looks ok, but the storm did blow off some of the wall panels on the back. It still doing ok after being bombed in WWII.