1. What is the significance of
recent movies like District 9 and the Fourth Kind that show
extraterrestrials in a negative light?
I think District 9 deals with racism in general and has a
positive message. It truly shows what is would be like to be in
another person’s shoes. It shows what a dominant culture, with
military might, can do to an alien culture whether it is the
Black Culture of South Africa or even an “off-world”culture.
kind of racist judgment: for example, the deciding whether
some alien races are “bad” or “good” does not lead to productive
galactic diplomacy and that is the core of the Exopolitics. We,
as a planetary culture, have a choice about how humanity can
integrate into a cosmic community.
These films show us the
consequences of our choices.
2. What are your thoughts on the remake of the Day the Earth
Stood Still (below video) that changed visiting extraterrestrials from
pacifists wanting to help humanity avoid nuclear war, to
environmentalists ready to eliminate humanity to save the
It is a change in focus. It seems some scriptwriter thought we
were not worth saving in this version.
The first warning about
nuclear destruction was given in the original film. But the
remake has a different focus. Since the Earth is a “jewel of
the Universe”, the mission was to save only plant and animal
life. However, the ultimate message was that there is always
hope for “Cosmic redemption.
This happens when a robotic Keanu
Reeves sees the love of a mother and child.
3. Do you agree that a pattern is emerging where Hollywood is
putting out more extraterrestrial related movies that are
focused on negative aspects of human extraterrestrial contact?
I think there is a balance of both. For entertainment value,
there seems to be a need for violence and negativity. The
monsters, and body snatchers are there to make money. But The
films - ET, Close Encounters, The Abyss, The Fifth Element, Bladerunner, Starman and especially David Bowie in "The Man Who
Fell to Earth” encourage pathos and empathy for those not like
us otherwise known as alien life forms. I include portions of
these films in my course.
I think that the Cab driver who saves the alien kids in ”The
Race to Witch Mountain” (below video) has a message and I think Disney and ABC
are among the front-runners here. They always were.
that early on Disney cartoonist Ward Kimbel was approached to do
a disclosure film by the intelligence community.
himself was very good friends with
Werner van Braun who
certainly knew the “Truth”. Look at what ABC News kids put out
about eight years ago. This is disclosure in the most obvious of
forms. Disney, TV and Movies are all related and the ABC special
on Abductions recently finally treated abductees such as Stan Romanak with the greatest respect.
It is a shame Dr.
could not live to see it.
4. Is Hollywood's negative ET theme audience driven or is
there a psychological conditioning function at work here.
It depends. I think Spielberg is definitely an insider with
mixed messages. He can create an ET and Close Encounters, then
turn around and destroy humanity with WAR of the Worlds. Who is
calling the shots here? But his miniseries “Taken“ is a
masterpiece. It encompasses all the elements of the
abduction/contact phenomena and the consequent government cover-up.
Audiences want excitement and often Hollywood gives us what we
want even if it distorts the reality of alien visitation and the
UFO Phenomenon. The Earth is still here and non has destroyed us
This may be too boring for audiences so we need to place
our aggression in the alien framework.
5. To what extent has Hollywood been co-opted by the
military-intelligence community to put out material that
conditions Americans and the world as part of a psychological
I think a “fear” induced populace is easily manageable whether
it be concerned
the Swine flu or some alien threat. Hollywood
and visual media is a tool of the controllers but occasionally
we have inspired individuals. I think producer/director Paul Davids did us a service with his film ROSWELL which is based on
the surviving witness testimony of many from the Roswell
incident including Jesse Marcel Jr.
Many accounts have solid witness testimony and that is what
interests me most. I have interviewed so many of these people.
One example is retired Air Force fighter pilot, Dr. Milton
Torres who was ordered to fire a missile on a UFO over Manston
England in 1957 .The question is “did UFOS ever shoot back?” The
study of Ufology and Exopolitics is bringing the truth to light
and often the “truth” is far stranger than fiction, believe me.
My classes read my in-depth interviews with military,
intelligence people and astronauts, then they connect the dots
in essay form. Any intelligent scholar and researcher can do
this. As my mentor, J Allen Hynek said ”UFOs must be studied
seriously and without the ridicule factor”. From European my
travels, I find this is done more seriously abroad. Few people
laugh there. They have a genuine curiosity based on a historical
anthropological perspective connected to ancient cultures. We in
the USA are a new culture.
We need to study “Cosmic Cultures” as
we study the social sciences.
6. In your course, Hollywood and UFOs, do you focus on
positive extraterrestrial images in movies? Why is this
It is a matter of making sense of all this. It is not just
positive or negative. It just is! I am used to teaching from a
historical perspective as I have taught literature and history
in high school for thirty years and I have a Masters degree.
these Exopolitics classes, which taught through the
Institute, we use my book filled with interviews called
Connecting the Dots: Making Sense of the UFO Phenomena and loads
of supplemental essays from other researchers and expert witness
testimony to put together a puzzle.
I do not tell students what to think. I do not have the answers.
In fact in my last book Exopolitics: All the Above, which
specifically deals with theories of disclosure, I say “the
answer is there is no answer." It is merely a study: a study of
history and how to prepare for contact. One thing is true.
7. What do students find most rewarding in doing your
Hollywood and UFO course?
I propose specific subjects for 13 modules that students must
react to in order to receive credit but they always go further.
They find corroborating evidence from their own experience, from
Utube, or from books they volunteer to read. They become so
interested that most do more than the work required. They also
view films and TV in a more metaphoric way. They look for deeper
meaning and see connections in media. Most could really teach
the course in their communities.
There is more than enough proof
and expert testimony to win any case in a court of law that
are “real" that we have been visited since ancient times, that
we are being observed and lastly, that we are at a crucial point
in our evolution.
8. Any last thoughts on the role of Hollywood and UFOs.
Yes! What stimulated me most was that last scene from
Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind when Francoise
Truffaut creates the hand signals of communication with these
strange beings. What is happening is that he experiences contact
with extraterrestrial life form so different from ours that
there seems to be no commonality. But the commonality is a
smile. That famous smile.
Contact will change the course of human evolution and human
consciousness forever. It changed mine. The impact was immense
and I think some people are very afraid of this.
I welcome it.