UFOs: The Secret History

David Cherniack

UFOs: THE SECRET HISTORY, a remarkable new feature-length documentary by distinguished Toronto filmmaker David Cherniack.

This illuminating documentary, four years in the making, will have its World Broadcast Premiere on History Television in Canada on Tuesday, July 15 at 8 PM ET/PT as the highlight of that network’s “UFO
Week”. The documentary airs within days of the 61st anniversary of the legendary July 1947 incident at Roswell, New Mexico, that launched the public’s fascination with UFOs and our culture’s now extensive
mythology surrounding extraterrestrial visitors.

Unlike previous films dealing with the subject, UFOs: THE SECRET HISTORY is the first definitive history of Unidentified Flying Objects (“UFOs”) since the first ‘sighting’ at Washington State’s Mt. Ranier
in June 1947, and shows how that history shaped, and has in turn been shaped by, our own evolving culture.

That 1947 Mt. Ranier sighting (followed by the Roswell incident only two weeks later) was also important because the story of how the momentous question “Are we being visited?” arose, evolved, and was
eventually dismissed by much of mainstream culture tells us much about our civilization, its hopes, its fears, and its secret workings. UFOs: THE SECRET HISTORY tells that story, from 1947 to the present.

Toronto-based David Cherniack has been intrigued by UFOs since he was a ‘boy astronomer’ in Winnipeg, when he experienced what he whimsically refers to as ‘a near sighting’. Following a degree in Physics
at the University of Manitoba, he travelled the world, lived in a cave in Crete, and eventually decided to study film at the renowned Prague Film Academy, arriving in that city just prior to the 1968
events now known as Prague Spring. Four years later he returned to Canada and became one of the founders of the Winnipeg Film Group, later moving to Toronto. In a long and distinguished career he has made
over 60 documentaries. As a respected documentary filmmaker for such programs as The Nature of Things and Man Alive, he returned to the topic that had intrigued him since childhood, making two films about
UFOs and extra-terrestrials for CBC.

Now, with UFOs: THE SECRET HISTORY, produced for History Television, he tells the strange and absorbing history of what may be one of the great untold stories of our times in a remarkable film: ambitious
in its scope; unique in its humour, insight and perspective; and entertainingly fashioned with stunning CGI, exclusive interviews, extensive location shooting, and fascinating archival material.

In the film, Cherniack has not taken a firm position in the ongoing, standard debate about UFOs that pits Believer vs. Debunker but reflects instead that, regardless of whether extra-terrestrial
visitations are actually going on, the UFO phenomenon has become our technological culture’s mythic way of providing meaning within the mystery of who we are as a race – locating us in an increasingly
immense universe and providing a vision of our future as we take our first baby steps towards the climactic instant when our childhood will come to its end.

Making the film took Cherniack four years, partly because he does most of the filmmaking tasks himself – he is the film’s producer, director, researcher, writer, cinematographer, editor, and narrator
(among other things)! A highlight in the making of the film was Cherniack’s four month long journey in a rented 31-foot RV through 5 Canadian provinces and 38 U.S. states, interviewing subjects for the
film and visiting locations important to the history of UFOs.

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