X-Conference: The Day Before Disclosure Documentary


The Day Before Disclosure – Premiere Showing

This year’s conference began with a speaker’s reception and cocktail party followed by a screening of the documentary, The Day Before Disclosure directed by Terje Toftenes.  After everyone was sufficiently lubricated at the open bar, Stephen Bassett stepped to the stage to welcome the audience and warn us all to stay in the building until Mercury comes out of retrograde.  Bassett was both funny and passionate with regards to his favorite topic, disclosure – which he believes will happen shortly.  Personally I’d be surprised if disclosure ever happens, let alone soon.  He went to describe a brief history of the National Press Club – the location of this year’s conference – highlighting world leaders who have spoken there and boasting that we’re making history by discussing the ET/UFO topic in the very same space.

Cheryll Jones rolled out talk about this year’s Live Stream of the conference – which Bassett hinted was not going off as smoothly as promised (How’s your experience been? Let us know in the comments).  She then introduced Toftenes who warned us that we were about to view a rough cut of the documentary. It’s designed for a mainstream audience, so a lot of the topics in the film were already familiar to people in the room.  The film was interesting, and the production value was fairly high for this genre, but it was a long experience and really drug on in several places.  Cutaways and other visual aids haven’t been laid in yet, so we were forced to stare at talking heads for about two hours.  The title is something of a misnomer as well, at least with the current cut.  Disclosure was discussed very little with no real details given as to how, when or why disclosure might occur.

Following the screening, there was a quick Q&A from the audience that quickly turned into a critique of the film  which Toftenes seemed to really appreciate.  People were fairly critical of the pacing  and the large amount of abductees featured in the film.  A detective in the audience made a very good point when he said that the average mainstream viewer would be turned off by the sheer amount of abductees presented.  They’d be interested in all the other information and would probably even accept an abduction theory based on the testimony of researchers featured in the film such as Bud Hopkins and David Jacobs – but as soon as you have a bunch of people describing their personal experiences, people will assume they’re crazy and tune out the whole movie.  Good point.

Stayed tuned tomorrow for further updates from the conference.

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