2013 has been a wild ride for UFO fans. Art Bell made a much anticipated return to the airwaves with his hit show Dark Matter on Sirius/XM Indie radio channel 104. And now there are two more reasons for fans of flying craft to be excited as Savannah filmmaker Tobias McGriff and UFO aficionado' James Fox joined Art to discuss two new films on the exciting and controversial topic.
October 16th, 2013 marked the one month anniversary of the radio legends return to broadcasting and featured a double feature that has been labeled as Art Bell's best show since returning by many of his loyal but demanding long time listeners.
Tobias McGriff, founder of Blue Orb Ghost Tours in Savannah was there to speak on 'all things strange' from America's most haunted city including his best selling book Savannah Shadows and his new UFO Film 'Lights over Leary' which chronicles the rash of UFO sightings in southern Georgia in the late 1960's and early 1970's. The film includes an in depth look at President Jimmy Carters UFO sighting in Leary in 1969 and a first ever interview with fellow Carter witness Fred Hart. Tobias also discussed his involvement as a Producer on the new full theatrical release documentary film '701' which details unsolved cases from Project Blue Book and the global phenomena of credible UFO sightings.
Tobias was joined by 701 Director James Fox (Out of the Blue, I Know What I Saw) who discussed the $100,000 reward being offered by the film for credible UFO evidence and to detail some of the cases that the film will feature through cinematic re-creations.
The four hour interview segment was not without controversy prior to its airing and sparked what could be one of the opening shots in a much anticipated Coast to Coast/ Dark Matter face off . Art Bell addressed the 'scheduling coincidence' that occurred the night before when Tobias McGriff's interview date was changed by Clear Channel's 'Coast to Coast AM' from October 22nd to October 15th (one day before his appearance on Art Bells show). Art, in a 6 minute address detailed the event as well as his phone conversation with Tobias about the incident. Predictably, the forum boards and fan pages were lively with posts from the two camps.
Tobias did in fact appear on Coast to Coast October 15th to discuss another film currently filming called 'Modern Hauntings'. Not to be outdone, broadcast legend Art Bell quoted McGriff as saying that he was holding 'the good stuff' for his appearance on Dark Matter and would share some never before seen items during the show. In a tongue in cheek gesture meant to honor Art's return to radio, McGriff and staff prepared the website www.artbellgoodstuff.com which featured never before shared articles from the southern Georgia UFO sightings, behind the scenes photos from the set of '701' (courtesy of James Fox), a free download of McGriff's book Savannah Shadows and a never before seen sizzle reel for McGriff's film "Lights over Leary". Art, ever the entertainer, seemed to genuinely enjoy the gesture and referenced it several times during the show.
"Lights over Leary" will be released in 2014.