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Knoxville Set to Host First AlienXPO UFO Convention

by Brandon Paykamian                     May 24, 2019                    (johnsoncitypress.com)

• On Aug. 17 and 18, the Knoxville Convention Center (Tennessee) will host the first AlienXPO convention, featuring panelists, vendors and a space in which like-minded people can talk about their UFO experiences and theories. The topic of extraterrestrials has captured the imagination of millions around the world, from the hardcore UFO enthusiasts and researchers to the curious, bringing them together at conventions across the country.

• “Never before has Knoxville hosted an event that will allow attendees to hear real events concerning extraterrestrial phenomena. There will be people from every walk of life together in one place to hear, share and be floored by the research presented,” Katina Kyle, a producer of the Mysterious Radio podcast and one of the event organizers.

• Guest speakers will include former national news anchor Cheryll Jones; Steven Bassett of Paradigm Research Group; “NASA whistleblower” and retired aerospace worker Ken Johnston Sr.; and alien abductee Travis Walton.

• “Some of these (speakers) are authors, former government contractors, whistleblowers, NASA and aerospace engineers — people that have directly come in contact with extraterrestrial phenomena,” said Kyle. “I just feel like something’s out there, and I’ve always been a skywatcher. The curiosity is there in all of us.” Kyle added, “A lot of these people attend these events because they’re trying to get some kind of answer or resolution to what has happened to them.”

• After years of strange encounters and even some mass UFO sightings like the one in Phoenix in 1997, Kyle said she believes the topic is being taken more seriously. “I’ve never witnessed reporting of a UFO incident or sighting unless it was followed up by a chuckle or a joke or something like that,” she continued. “Now it’s being reported with dead-seriousness.”

 

KNOXVILLE — When it comes to unidentified flying objects and extraterrestrials, the first topics that often come to mind include the mysteries surrounding Area 51, the 1947 Roswell UFO incident, claims of alien abductions and strange UFO sightings.

For decades, the topic of extraterrestrials has captured the imagination of millions around the world, from the hardcore UFO enthusiasts and researchers to the curious, bringing them together at conventions across the country.

On Aug. 17 and 18, the Knoxville Convention Center will host the first AlienXPO convention to focus on extraterrestrial phenomena. The convention will feature panelists, vendors and a space in which like-minded people can talk about their UFO experiences and theories.

Attendees will also get a chance to learn more about UFO sightings in Tennessee from Angelia Sheer, state director of the Mutual UFO Network.

“Never before has Knoxville hosted an event that will allow attendees to hear real events concerning extraterrestrial phenomena. There will be people from every walk of life together in one place to hear, share and be floored by the research presented,” Katina Kyle, a producer of the Mysterious Radio podcast and one of the event organizers, said in a press release.

Kyle has interviewed some of the foremost UFO researchers in the world. She said she’s always been fascinated with the topic of UFOs and with sci-fi media.

“I just feel like something’s out there, and I’ve always been a skywatcher,” she said. “The curiosity is there in all of us.”

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Three Alien Abduction Movies Based on True Events

by Ralph Hall                     February 7, 2019                       (culturedvultures.com)

• For the real people represented in the following alien abduction films, extraterrestrial visitations to our planet are nothing short of the absolute truth. Through hypnosis and conscious recall, abductees of unearthly abductors are able to reproduce their experiences. It’s very clear to contactees that these alien abductors have an agenda of their own. The books written by or for these abductees usually portray aliens as non-threatening and somewhat friendly, although they are frequently depicted as hostile, cold, and steadfast.

• These three films, which were based on true events according to the authors and abductees, describe alien life as they have experienced it. It may not be the aliens’ intent to frighten us, but after watching these alarming dramatizations, we as the human species have much to think about.

COMMUNION (1989) – Based on the 1987 book of the same name by Whitley Strieber, Communion focuses on the struggles of the author himself, played by Christopher Walken, to come to terms with the possibility that he and his family may have been visited by aliens during a secluded winter vacation. Are these experiences hallucinations or dreams? What do the beings want? Strieber tries to answer these questions through hypnotic sessions with well-known UFO researcher, Budd Hopkins. (watch 1:46 minute trailer below)

INTRUDERS (1992) – This television miniseries is based on Budd Hopkins’ 1987 book Intruders: The Incredible Visitations at Copley Woods. It follows two women who are experiencing similar paranormal activity by non-human ‘invaders’, and who seek help from psychiatrist, Dr. Neil Chase. The series reinforces the idea that scientific studies should question the reasons behind alien abductions and their intentions for mankind. (watch 2:42:19 minutes of the series below)

FIRE IN THE SKY (1993) – Based on the 1978 book The Walton Experience, Fire in the Sky tells the story of Travis Walton who was abducted by a UFO in the woods of Northeastern Arizona in 1975, right in front of his friends and coworkers. Fire in the Sky is a dramatic story of a few men who witnessed something they could not explain, but must try to make the world believe in the unbelievable. The movie’s depiction of Walton’s experience inside the alien spacecraft was altered at the studio’s request, and is vastly different from Walton’s own description. Walton added a lot more detail to his story in his follow-up book, Fire in the Sky: The Walton Experience, published in 1996. (watch 5:14 minute ‘abduction scene’ below)

 

Can we as a film audience separate fact from science fiction? You can choose to believe in them or not, but for the real people represented in the following alien abduction films, extraterrestrial visitations to our planet are nothing short of the absolute truth. Using methods of hypnosis and conscious recall, abductees of unearthly abductors were able to reproduce their experiences through memoirs and documented case studies, which were later turned into books for the mass market.

Oftentimes, the media depicts alien life forms as either completely malevolent (as is the case in Alien or The Thing), or entirely harmless (think E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial or Mac and Me). While it’s up for debate what extraterrestrials’ meddlings with man ultimately accomplish, it’s very clear to contactees that they have an agenda of their own. The books written by or for these abductees usually portray aliens as non-threatening and somewhat friendly, although they are frequently depicted as hostile, cold, and steadfast.

These three films, which were based on true events according to the authors and abductees, describe alien life as they have experienced it, most of the time involuntarily so. It may not be the aliens’ intent to frighten us, but after watching these alarming dramatizations, we as the human species have much to think about.

 

1:46 minute trailer for the movie “Communion” (1989)

 

2:42:19 minute TV series, “Intruders” (1992)

 

5:14 minute ‘abduction scene’ in “Fire In The Sky” (1993)

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Organizers Reflect on UFO Festival’s Impact

by Alison Penn                July 9, 2018                 (rdrnews.com)

• The 23rd annual UFO Festival (July 6-8) in Roswell, NM was a rousing success. City Director of Public Affairs Juanita Jennings reports that the Roswell Visitors Center saw 3,341 visitors over the weekend, compared with 895 visitors that came to the center during festival in 2017. And that includes only those who signed the sign-in sheet. Jim Hill, Director of the International UFO Museum and Research Center, says this year’s museum attendance broke all records with 9,168 visitors.

• The Roswell UFO festival offered events and activities for all ages, including the ‘Down to Earth Brewfest’, the GalactiCon Sci-Fi & Film Festival and costume contest, and the Steampunk Ball. “It was our opportunity to showcase the amount of traffic our city receives due to this festival and what we do for the state of New Mexico,” Jennings said. “The feeling and energy in the downtown area was phenomenal.”

• Kathy Lay, Executive Director for MainStreet Roswell, said the rock painting at the craft station and the music and entertainment were highly praised events in the festival. Lay has received “wonderful reports” from vendors and attendees alike. Repeat attendees have said this was the best year they have attended. Lay has noticed a trend where visitors stayed in Roswell for 4 to 5 nights, instead of one to two nights as in the past.

• This year drew crowds early and people wanted to stay up until the end. 78 vendors occupied 88 spaces ranging from $50 to $250 per booth. One vendor reported quadrupling their sales this year. “So we feel like… from all of the response we’re getting, it was a big success,” said Lay. In fact, visitors have requested the festival be extended to five days for more time to experience it all.

• Guest speaker, alien abductee Travis Walton, was well-received, along with the other speakers in the many facilities around the city (including Stanton Friedman who announced his retirement at the festival. See ExoNews article here).

• Another goal of the festival was in keeping the city clean and beautiful through the work of the sanitation department. The city asked vendors to bring their own electric generators. Jennings said the city will be working to providing more power and electricity for next year’s festival.

• “I think it was just an exceedingly well-run event and I can’t imagine the city of Roswell not having benefited greatly from this festival,” Hill said.

[Editor’s Note] All across the board, the popularity of events and conferences promoting information and disclosure of UFOs, and humanity’s ongoing relationship with extraterrestrial beings, is noticeably increasing. More and more people are waking up to the truth and thereby raising our collective consciousness on this planet.

 

As the dust settles from the 23rd annual UFO Festival, organizers and city partners are reflecting on its impact over the weekend. Now that the festival is over, organizers will be reviewing various data and surveys to determine turnout for the festival.

City Director of Public Affairs Juanita Jennings said the festival was a phenomenal and well put-together event for all ages. With activities for children, adults, sci-fi fans, adventurists and more, Jennings said she felt the festival was welcoming and inviting for visitors.

Including other events — like the first annual Down to Earth Brewfest at Third Street Station and GalactiCon Sci-Fi & Film Festival at the Roswell Mall — Jennings said, “the feeling and energy in the downtown area was phenomenal.”

Jennings said the significant digital exposure from the “selfie-stations” and other social media experiences, and the film crews, were beneficial for promoting the city.

One area for growth that she and her team touched on in their department recap meeting was they would like to see more community participation in the light parade in the future. Last year, Jennings said the parade was “amazing” and drew a huge crowd. This year some visitors said the parade was shorter than expected and Jennings said the delivery, “fell a little bit short this year compared to last year.” However, she said she thinks with more community involvement and planning it can improve next year.

Near the visitor center, the state’s tourism department had its NM True bus and Jennings said their presence extended visitors an opportunity to experience tourism around the state. Jennings added their presence was important, considering their tour from last week when Roswell received its NM True report card, in strengthening the partnership between the city and the state.

“It was our opportunity to showcase the amount of traffic our city receives due to this festival and what we do for the state of New Mexico,” Jennings said.

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