*Online Premiere* A retired professor and investigator gives a talk about prominent UFO sightings while being monitored by a long-haired “visitor” carrying an ominous black triangle. This eerie doc/sci-fi hybrid by director Quinn Else captures an intriguing mix of small-town Americana and otherworldly phenomenon, offering a wholly original take on the paranormal.
At the annual UFO Days in Elmwood, Wisconsin, Bill Johnson gives a presentation. Folks in the town, he says, should be proud and excited to have such a rich history of UFO encounters in the area. And in fact, they are, evidenced by the elaborate weekend-long event they hold centered around an alien-themed parade. These bits are presented largely as straightforward documentary, but where the film gets really interesting is with its insertion of the visitor tracking through town performing rituals on the dead. When Johnson and the Visitor finally come into contact, it’s a strange encounter indeed.
The elements here shouldn’t meld as easily as they do, but Else makes it work with a combination of atmospheric sound design, subtly trippy special effects, and committed performances. We are not alone. (9 minutes). Written, directed, edited, VFX by Quinn Else. Starring Bill Johnson and Eric Rhiel. D.P. Nina Ham.