“Phoenix Forgotten”: First Trailer for Found Footage Flick Based on the Phoenix Lights UFO Incident

Phoenix Forgotten

One of the most widely reported and widely documented UFO sightings was the incident referred to as “The Phoenix Lights.” On  Thursday, March 13, 1997, thousands of people in southern Arizona witnessed a large V-shaped formation of lights that flew over the area, eventually hovering over Phoenix. Screenwriter  T.S. Nowlin (The Maze Runner  (2014) and its sequels) uses this incident as the launching point for the new found footage film  Phoenix Forgotten. Nowlin is co-producing along with Ridley Scott (Alien  (1979), The Martian  (2015)) and Wes Ball (producer of  The Maze Runner  franchise). Here is a look at the trailer:

The official synopsis is as follows:

Based on the shocking, true events of March 13th, 1997, when several mysterious lights appeared over  Phoenix, Arizona. This unprecedented and inexplicable phenomenon became known as “The  Phoenix  Lights”, and remains the most famous and widely viewed UFO sighting in history.

Phoenix Forgotten  tells the story of three teens who went into the desert shortly after the incident, hoping to document the strange events occurring in their town. They disappeared that night, and were never seen again. Now, on the twentieth anniversary of their disappearance, unseen footage has finally been discovered, chronicling the final hours of their fateful expedition. For the first time ever, the truth will be revealed…

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Billboard asking for information regarding the lost students.

How much one is excited by the trailer is probably directly related to how much one likes found footage films. It looks like it has a lot of the standard tropes: missing student filmmakers, shakey-cam, distraught subjects. UFO enthusiasts might get a kick out of it, as well, since it is based on a “true” incident. Based on the following still, it looks like we may also get a bit more in the film regarding the people who discovered the footage, which  could add interest for those that are not the biggest fans of found footage films.

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A filmmaker looks at what is presumably the missing students’ 20-year-old camera.

Be sure to check out their website at www.phoenixforgotten.com, where they have links to numerous media reports about the actually Phoenix Lights incident, including an interview with former Arizona Governor  Fife Symington, who was in office at the time and was one of the thousands of witnesses. The film opens on 1700 screens nationwide on April 21, 2017.

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Based on Shocking Untold True Events


Paul Cardullo
Paul Cardullo is a North Carolina indy filmmaker and horror fan. His tastes range from art-house horror to low-budget schlock to indie gems to Slovenia killer hillbilly flicks. When not watching films, he helps make them. From actor to boom operator to doughnut wrangler, he makes himself useful wherever he can. Paul believes it is sometimes necessary to suffer for one’s art. He has endured being covered in [censored], having [censored] thrown at him, and spending over a year with muttonchops and a 70’s-style mustache. When not being abused for the sake of his craft, Paul works on computers and watches as many obscure (and not so obscure) movies as he can fit in.