Daniel Myrick, best known as the co-director of revered 1999 film The Blair Witch Project, has announced his newest feature film, Skyman. Starring Michael Selle, Nicolette Sweeney and Faleolo Alailima, the sci-fi/docudrama focuses on a man named Carl Merryweather (Selle) who was supposedly visited by an “alien” when he was 10 years old. Now an adult, he’s certain the being will return and documents every step of his journey:
In 1987, just days after his 10th birthday, Carl Merryweather rocked the local news community when he claimed he was visited by an extraterrestrial life form. Despite other alleged sightings reported that same evening, skeptical authorities shrugged off the claims. Now, almost three obsessive decades later, Carl is set on a mission to reunite with the being he calls ‘the Skyman’ to not only prove the skeptics wrong but to ultimately find his own true sense of purpose. Through first-hand home videos interwoven with news footage and interviews, Skyman is a bold and compelling study of the fascinating and unquestioning world of UFO subculture.
“I grew up in an era where the talk of UFOs, Bigfoot and the ‘Devil’s Triangle’ were all the rage and was inspired by the personal experiences from so many people not unlike Carl Merryweather,” Myrick said in a statement. “Whether you believe in the legitimacy of these accounts or not, they reveal a deeper human truth that I find quite compelling and speak to the notion that so many of us are searching for something greater than ourselves–and I’m excited to finally bring a little bit of that mystery to the big screen.”
Watch the full trailer above. Skyman will premiere at several drive-in locations on June 30 and on-demand on July 7.
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