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UFOs & Documentaries

From: Paul Kimball <Redstarfilm@aol.com>
Date: Tue, 25 Jun 2002 22:32:28 EDT
Fwd Date: Wed, 26 Jun 2002 09:29:24 -0400
Subject: UFOs & Documentaries


A good documentary filmmaker will almost always have a 'point of
view' (otherwise, he's just a cameraman for a reality show), but
he must also strive to be objective, which means including
diverse - meaning opposing - opinions.

In our recent doc on Stan Friedman, for example, there is a
discussion of Majestic 12. Stan defends the legitimacy of the
core docs, Karl Pflock, Vaughn Rees of CSICOP, and Kevin Randle
label them as frauds, and Don Ledger says he doesn't know.

On the question of Roswell, Pflock has a go at the
commercialisation of the UFO industry, and hints that Stan has
done pretty well for himself out of Roswell, while Stan
obviously defends Roswell and Roswellians right to earn a buck.

The highest compliment someone could pay me as a filmmaker is to
watch it and then say "I have no idea which way Kimball leans on
the subject of Majestic 12, or Roswell". While I am sympathetic
to Stan, and admire his efforts greatly, to not cover the other
side of the coin is to simply put out an informational video or,
worse, an episode of Biography. No broadcaster, at least in this
country (Canada) would commission such a work.

Also, I interviewed a lot of people, many of whom didn't make
the final cut, and others - like Kevin - who might be in it for
a total of one minute, even though we talked for hours. That's
the way it goes, and only in the edit room do you make the
decisions as to what stays and what does not. All I can do is
express my appreciation to everyone interviewed, and try to take
the subject seriously.

Having said all that, there are documentary makers (seemingly
more in the United States than up here) who are just out to make
a fast buck. The trick is to avoid them. The best way to do so
is to ask what films they've done before, try and view some of
them, check out any reviews of their work, and ask to whom else
they may have been talking.

I was very forthright about letting people know who I was
interviewing (if they asked). In fact, Karl and Kevin were
interviewed in Cedar Rapids one right after the other. We had a
congenial breakfast together beforehand (great food in Cedar
Rapids!). I was happy to refer Dr. Benson Saler, skeptic, to
Stan. Most filmmakers are like that - all you have to do is ask.
If they won't tell (although sometimes they might have a good
reason for not spilling all the beans), think twice, and proceed
with caution.

And, if you think we've misrepresented your views - which is
different from simply disagreeing with us - call us on it. Stan
usually does. It keeps us honest!

In Pulvere Vinces,

Paul Kimball
Redstar Films

P.S. Unabashed plugs!

"... a balanced portrait of the UFO expert... 'Stanton T.
Friedman IS Real!' makes a substantial contribution to the UFO
discourse." - atlanticzone.ca

"Takes the man and his message seriously... Stanton T. Friedman
IS Real is a hoot!" - Toronto Globe and Mail

"Answers the question of where the line is drawn between being
an objective searcher for the truth, and a true believer." -
  Fredericton Daily Gleaner

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