(OPENPRESS) August 23, 2008 -- "The Top Secret UFO Project," filmmaker R. J. Thomas' parody of UFO documentaries, is now coming to a computer screen near you. The video, which first appeared on DVD in 2006, is now available for viewing on Grapeflix.com.
"It made sense to put the picture online," Mr. Thomas said. "You can see it online for $1.50. That's a deal. It certainly is worth it to see the legendary 1956 UFO story of Jasper, Colorado."
And what actually happened in Jasper in 1956?
The amazing Jasper UFO incident began that summer, when a bewildered farmer saw a strange, oval-shaped object zip across the sky over his house. This sighting kicked off one of the most amazing UFO incidents in the history of the world---or at least according to Mr. Thomas' tongue-in-cheek spoof of paranormal docudramas.
"Many people have been curious for decades about the Roswell, New Mexico Incident of 1947," Mr. Thomas said. "My film is inspired by stories like that."
Based on Mr. Thomas' 2004 novella of the same name, "The Top Secret UFO Project" chronicles the UFO-related events of Jasper in a straight-faced documentary style. According to the film, the town dealt with one unusual event after another in the summer of 1956. After the farmer's spaceship sighting, scientists rushed into Jasper to investigate, reporters rushed in looking for stories, and government officials rushed in to keep it a secret from the world.
Billed as "the movie the government does not want you to see," "The Top Secret UFO Project," is a parody of the cheesy UFO documentaries of the 70's like "Overlords of the UFO," and of TV programs like "In Search Of."
Mr. Thomas plays a documentary filmmaker who, in 2003, discovered (by accident) some top secret government films pertaining to the Jasper Incident of 1956. This inspired him to make a documentary about Jasper's UFO story, and to discover the truth behind what really happened that mysterious summer in Colorado.
"Not everyone is a UFO buff," Mr. Thomas said, "but everybody loves a good campfire story."
And as far as the film portraying fiction as fact?
"The film is told with a straight face, no matter how ridiculous the information may be," Mr. Thomas said. "But, even nine years later, 'The Blair Witch Project' is still seen by some people as fact."
"The Top Secret UFO Project" is available on DVD at BooksAndSuchMart.com.
"The Top Secret UFO Project" is avalable for downloading/viewing at Grapeflix.com.
A 30-second promo of "The Top Secret UFO Project" is available for viewing on YouTube.com.
Mr. Thomas has been a guest of "The 'X' Zone," Rob McConnell's internationally-syndicated radio program which specializes in the unusual and the unexplained.