Bryce Zabel - Fear and Loathing on the Trail of the Saucers
The 2018 IUFOC marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of Bryce’s first produced Hollywood film about the UFO subject (Official Denial, Syfy). He’ll take the audience through his journey into the wilderness of mirrors that defines both Hollywood and Ufology.
Most significantly, Bryce created a 20-hour dramatic television series for NBC, Dark Skies, now an iconic part of the UFO landscape and mythology because of its fearless interweaving of UFO events with 1960s historical realities. Bryce will also discuss the full details of the real attempt to stop the series from airing, as well as the frighteningly covert approach of extremely serious men who claimed to be part of the government, during the filming of the series. Bryce has also written the UFO cover-up into Lois & Clark, worked with Steven Spielberg on Taken, and is currently developing Unidentified, based on the books and life stories of both Stanton Friedman and Donald Schmitt; and Captured, based on the true life events of Betty and Barney Hill back in 1961.
While working so deeply on the subject, Bryce has also met the royalty, or at least the usual suspects, of Ufology. He’s watched its institutions, characters and myths with the eye of a journalist, trained as a correspondent at CNN and an investigative reporter at PBS. He’ll provide a blunt assessment of the state of Ufology and the agenda it needs to pursue.