Cassandra Sturdy, Conscious Living Editor
John Lundberg is a talented man. Not only does he have a cult following for being one of the world’s best crop circle makers (sorry folks, I really do want to believe) but his new UFO documentary Mirage Men – produced with Mark Pilkington, Roland Denning and Kypros Kyprianou – is being hailed as one of the must-see documentaries of the year.
Indeed. ET visitors, crashed UFOs and back-engineered alien technology… Mirage Men has all the makings of a classic UFO flick you’d want to watch inside an aluminium-foil lined RV somewhere in the Nevadan desert on a dark and stormy night.
But instead of sending you off into the stars to dance with the possibility of unidentified flying extraterrestrials, the central idea of Mirage Men is that the UFO story is really a sneaky disinformation campaign devised by our good old friends the US government. It’s a disappointing possibility that many of us who have attempted to research the UFO phenomenon have often entertained.
But while Conscious Life News readers already suspect the US government is good at bending the truth, when you consider there are over two hundred billion stars in our galaxy – each with an average of six orbiting planets – you can’t help but think that surely, there must be something out there. Lundberg tells me he is of the same statistical mindset. “To think otherwise seems incredibly arrogant,” he said.
Like all great works of art, the meaning of Mirage Men doesn’t stop at the surface level. Lundberg says that although the basic synopsis of the film is about how the US Government have used mythology to cover up their advanced military technology, Mirage Men is actually more complex than that. “It deals with paradox, the nature of truth, how we know what we know about the world around us and the effect stories can have on our lives,” he said.
“It’s highly unlikely, I’ve not seen a smoking gun,” he said, “but what’s interesting is that there is a group of people inside the US Government that do seem to hold a firm belief that we’ve had contact, and for me that leaves the door open a crack.”
Hmmm… looks like we’re going to have to make up our own mind. It may also be worth noting that on Lundberg’s Wikipedia page it says he likes to use the role of deception in the process of artistic creation, and that his work centres around how myth and artifice can shape and alter reality. Could Mirage Men itself be an elaborate hoax? Or – shock horror – could John and the other filmmakers even be disinformation agents working for the CIA?
Sigh. As Fox Mulder would say, the truth is out there. Or is it?
The North American premiere of Mirage Men takes place at Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas, this weekend. You can find out more info about these screenings and Mirage Men on their website.
About the author
Cassandra Sturdy is Conscious Living editor for Conscious Life News. She is the author of The Twelve Attunements, a fun and hilarious conspiracy novel that tackles ideas about UFOs, Area 51, aliens and the New World Order. You can currently get a free copy of this book for a limited time on her website.