|Title:||The McPherson Tape|
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|09.21.19||Alamo South Lamar||This Screening is part of event: FantasticFest 2019|
Another AGFA screening, this one of a... I guess infamous shot-on-VHS alien encounter tape that was passed in bootleg form amongst the UFO community for years.
Several notable things about this. The first is that the whole thing was filmed in one take with just a few cuts for time. The next is the complicated tale of messed up distribution which led to it being bootlegged in the first place, and the last was that there was a guy who didn't believe it wasn't real during the Q&A. Like, Joe Ziemba was like "oh shit" when he started going on about disinformation campaigns and stuff. So then the director says he can prove that it's fake and asks the guy to come up on stage. He asks for his wallet and reads his ID and says "Hey I know you, you were the main actor in the movie" and I totally didn't recognize him. So that was really fun.
But yeah, he hired improv actors and they totally nailed it. It really felt like a real family to me. The aliens looked like kids in masks (which they were) but otherwise the film is really effective for such a minuscule budget! Plus it pre-dated Blair Witch by like a dozen years. Pretty crazy!