Directors: John Lundberg, Mark Pilkington, Roland Denning and Kypros Kyprianou
Writer: Mark Pilkington
Cast: Rick Doty, Greg Bishop and more
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How the US government created a myth that took over the world.
ET visitors… crashed UFOs… back-engineered alien technology… the government cover-up of a secret that would change the world as we know it…
These are the core elements of the modern UFO mythology, a story that has captivated farmers, princes and generals for generations, and shows no sign of loosening its grip on the popular imagination.
But what if, instead of covering up the UFO story, elements in the US military had actively encouraged it as part of their Cold War counterintelligence arsenal – manufacturing the myth of the UFO as a powerful weapon of mass deception and the perfect cover for all manner of clandestine technologies and operations.
Now, for the first time, some of those whose actions have directly shaped the UFO mythology, and some of their victims, tell their stories, revealing a surreal disturbing and sometimes tragic sequence of events that is part Manchurian Candidate and part Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
Mirage Men draws viewers into a saucer-shaped hall of mirrors, a shadow-world where every lie contains elements of the truth, and the truth is far stranger than the UFO believers, or their detractors, would have you believe.
The Real Deets
“Mirage Men” could easily be dismissed by casual fans. Whenever you bring up amateur accounts of UFO abduction mixed together with eyewitness involvement, people start getting mental images of tin foil hats. But, this film is a testament to the government’s willingness to confuse and debunk any people that question it. While I’m saying that those that doubt should remain skeptical, you should start to question why you doubt. I know that SyFy, the entertainment industry and various nutbags have made it hard to keep an open mind, but why do we stick with the UFO mythology.
UFO mythology allows for some cultures to share in the idea that there is something greater than us. Given its ties to science and technology, that’s enough to scare most organized religions and governments. So, we have a reason for the intelligence community and USAF to become involved in debunking this stuff. But, are we getting answers or just an aggressive propaganda campaign to make us stop questioning? While the documentary is on the shorter side, it makes the best argument I’ve seen for the UFO mythology than anything else I’ve ever seen.
What I hope is taken away from the film would be a proper sense of distrust in authority. The US government engages in shady shit all of the time and I’m glad to hear people call them out for it. While one aspect of the fantastic can be discussed, others are so cringy to believe in extraterrestrial life. While I don’t believe that aliens will take humanoid form, something else is out there. Whether or not we’ve made contact, remains to be seen. It doesn’t help that we’ve got people like Doty lying on behalf of the government.
RELEASE DATE: 03/27/2014