I know the Fox network wasn’t the first place ever to offer up false footage marketed under the guise of being “genuinely real,” but their 1995 show Alien Autopsy: Fact or Fiction was one of the most ridiculous things I’ve ever seen. Even as a teenager, it really opened the door for amateur filmmakers to spout whatever nonsense they like and market it under the “documentary” category. Loose Change? Zeitgeist? Well, another “real” flick is on the way to take a shit all over your critical thinking abilities.
You’ve heard of aliens possibly hiding out in Russia, the Olympic Games, and of course in Roswell, but what about the tiny six-inch long extraterrestrial found in the Chilean desert? The specimen in question is the subject of Sirius, a crowdfunded documentary from Steven Greer, a former emergency medical physician who started The Disclosure Project in 1993, with the express intent of extracting all kinds of secret alien information from the government. Seeing as how most of us have never even heard of Greer, I guess that means The Disclosure Project has come up short.
Granted, it’s not all about tiny aliens. Part of Greer’s purpose is to shine a light on alternative energy sources that humans aren’t taking advantage of, and even though that part still seems kind of batty — they’re trying to create gravity-defying machines that aliens could use to get to Earth — there’s still something slightly noble behind it all. I mean, we all want to discover something that no one else has seen before. But working from the assumption that aliens have already traveled here isn’t necessarily the correct way to go about researching things.
If it inspires more people to jump into figuring out a way to get to the stars that much sooner, then the film deserves a big, congratulatory thumbs up. But if all it does is raise another generation of government-hating conspiracy theorists, then it can sit on that thumb and spin.
We’ll find out one way or another when Sirius, directed by Amardeep Kaleka, hits theaters and VOD on April 22, 2013. The full poster, in all its “question authority” glory, is just below.