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Six Days in Roswell (1998)

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Experts and alleged abductees come together in a town famous for UFO sightings and government cover-ups.

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Dennis Balthaser ...
Himself - UFO Investigator
Bob Barnes ...
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Reece Blake ...
Herself - Musical Director, Roswell Community Little Theatre
Bill Brainerd ...
Himself - Former Roswell Mayor (as William F. Brainerd)
Rende Coward ...
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Deon Crosby ...
Herself - UFO Museum Director
Robert Dean ...
Himself - UFO Researcher
Jean-René Dufort ...
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Stanton Friedman ...
Himself - Physicist & Author
Ross Gabrick ...
Ross Gabrick
Peter Gersten ...
Himself - UFO Researcher & Attorney
John Gibson ...
Himself - MSNBC News Reporter
Vonnie Goss ...
Herself - Director, Roswell Community Little Theatre
James D. Graf ...
Himself - Former Area 51 Employee (as Doghouse Graf)
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Rich Kronfeld travels to Roswell, New Mexico for the 50th anniversary festival of the alleged alien spaceship crash. Rich's goal in attending the festival is to be abducted by aliens, or at least get some information on how to go about doing it. While he doesn't get abducted in the course of this documentary, he does get a good look at the pop-culture phenomenon that Roswell has become, along with all the ways people have found to make a buck off the whole thing. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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One man's search for the truth
29 July 2000 | by (Dallas, TX) – See all my reviews



Produced and Edited by Roger Nygard Directed by Timothy B. Johnson Starring Richard Kronfeld and hundreds of other UFO Enthusiasts, including a rather large Joshua contingent.

Coming to Video and DVD in October 2000

Did you know that a UFO sighting occurs somewhere on the planet every three minutes? Hundreds of thousands of unexplained sightings have been reported all around the world, many of which were documented or photographed. 4 million Americans believe they have been abducted. 71% of Americans believe the government knows more than it is telling us about UFOs. Millions of people, including US President Jimmy Carter have claimed they've seen UFOs.

SIX DAYS IN ROSWELL is a documentary about the fanatic-like following that has sprung up around the many UFO sightings and the reported extra-terrestrial encounters. But specifically, the film is the story of one man's search for answers.

Richard Kronfeld lives in Minnesota and has dreamed for years of traveling to Roswell, New Mexico to research alien abductions, and maybe even contact an alien intelligence himself. All his friends have moved on and accomplished things in their lives, and Kronfeld sees this trip as a way for him to take action for once in his life. The cameras follow Kronfeld as he makes his pilgrimage to the shrine called Roswell.

Kronfeld and the film crew arrive in Roswell early the morning of July 1, 1997. Kronfeld's adventure begins with the simple task of finding a room. Unfortunately every hotel within a 50 mile radius is booked. Eventually Kronfeld locates a Roswell resident who agrees to rent out his motor home.

With lodging finally secured, Kronfeld sets out to find some answers. He asks people about their alien beliefs, their UFO sightings, their unexplained abductions, and how these things affect their lives. Kronfeld and the filmmakers speak with hundreds of people, including the famous and infamous figures in the UFO world.

ABOUT THE PRODUCTION

Roger Nygard worked with Tim Johnson on TREKKIES, a documentary about the fans of "Star Trek." Nygard was directing TREKKIES in 1996 and needed somebody to shoot simultaneously at a convention he could not attend. Although Johnson had been shooting and producing industrial videos for ten years at Lifetouch Video Creations in Minneapolis, he had never picked up a film camera. Taking a chance, Tim bought a cheap, wind-up, Russian 16mm camera (a Krasnogorsk, costing about $350 new) and shot several rolls. The footage was terrific, and Nygard sent Johnson to cover other "Star Trek" events.

In January of 1997 as Nygard was nearing completion on TREKKIES, Johnson suggested they film the Roswell UFO Encounter, a celebration planned for the 50th Anniversary of the alleged crash of an alien space ship in 1947. Tim discovered the existence of the event through Richard Kronfeld, one of the featured interviewees in TREKKIES, whom Tim had filmed. In addition to being a Trek fan, Kronfeld is an avid UFO enthusiast, and he was planning to make the pilgrimage to Roswell, to the largest UFO convention in history.

Nygard's response to the idea was, "I'm sure there will be a lot of Trekkies in Roswell, but I'll bet that subject could be a whole film in itself." Johnson agreed, and set out to raise the money to finance the shoot. Johnson called all the rich people he knew (a total of three), pitched the idea, and raised just enough of a budget to cover the trip. With seed money in

place, Nygard raised enough additional funding to complete the film.

Every film needs a story, and the filmmakers hit on the idea of focusing the documentary on Richard Kronfeld and his trip to Roswell. "We created a back-story for Rich and his character, a character that is just a subdued exaggeration of who Rich really is," says Nygard. "I discovered in TREKKIES that people open up to you if they feel you are one of them." So the filmmakers set out to create a UFO enthusiast character for Rich, to give them a framework within which to draw out the maximum humor from their subject matter.

After the shoot, Nygard began assembling the footage, The story began to take shape in the form of chapters separated chronologically and thematically. To tie it all together, the filmmakers asked Kronfeld to narrate the film with journal passages. The result is the record of one man's hilarious journey in search of the unknown, and a journey in search of himself.


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