UFO Days (excerpt)

UFO Days (2008, 7.5 minutes, DV & cellphone video, stereo)
Written, directed, and edited by Joshua Thorson
Music by Joshua Thorson
Narration by Adam Reed and Sue Havens

Premiered at "Documentary Fortnight," MoMA, 2008.

In the mid-1970s, an Elmwood, WI police officer was "zapped" by a "UFO" while he was on patrol, 
traumatizing him and eventually killing him. The town holds an annual UFO Days festival to commemorate 
the event, though it has devolved into a parade like any other small town parade, with floats that advertise 
businesses, homecoming or "dairy" queens, politicians, machinery… and a few inflatable aliens tied to the 
side of the truck or alien antennae worn on the heads of teenagers. The fair features barbecue meats, bake 
sales, pancake breakfasts, the pancakes perhaps poured into the shape of alien beings. In this video, I attempt 
to reconcile the disturbing story of the police officer with the town's commemoration and celebration.

Installed with World Contact in dis/BELIEVER: Intersections of Science and Religion in Contemporary Art
Glass Curtain Gallery, Columbia College, Chicago, IL, 2010.