There has been a lot of online buzz around photographs that one researcher has called a “smoking gun” when it comes to proof that aliens are visiting Earth. Even though there are many articles, blogs, interviews, and forum posts about the pictures, the public has yet to actually see them. They will be displayed during a special event hosted by Mexican Broadcast Journalist Jaime Maussan in Mexico City on May 5, 2015.
Among the buzz is speculation about what the pictures show, questions as to why they will be shown in Mexico, and questions as to how the pictures were found in the first place. The pictures are owned by a production company, and the owner of that company, Adam Dew, is creating a documentary about the slides titled Kodachrome. He says the trailer to Kodachrome shows everything they know to this point. However, as questions are answered, more arise.
I caught up with Dew to ask him about some of the outstanding questions and to address some of the speculation out there.
Dew was interviewed as one of the researchers when the May 5 event was announced. The trailer to his documentary was also revealed at that time. However, Dew’s role was not apparent, and the tie between he and the documentary were not either.
I asked Dew about his background and how he got involved with the slides.
Dew says his background is in journalism and video production. He graduated from Northwestern University in 1998 with a degree in journalism. He then went on to cover high school sports. In about 2003/2004 he started his own video production company called Varsity Tape. They shoot recruitment videos for high school athletes. He says he also freelances for CBS Sports, Yahoo!, and USA Today. He also has corporate clients for PR, video shooting and editing.
He got involved with the slides around 2008. They were discovered by his friend’s sister in 1998. She found a box of photographs while she was cleaning out a house to prepare it for an estate sale near Sedona, Arizona. Dew says she is a bit of a hoarder and just threw them in her garage. She finally looked at them in 2008.
She found around 400 pictures, some of them were of famous people. The box was coming apart, and she found a couple of slides wrapped up and tucked under the others.
Dew says, “She was able to project them and she thought they were very interesting.”
Dew described what she saw: “When most people see the slides first hand, they think the slides look like what we think, what we have been conditioned to think, an alien would like.”
The woman and her brother brought the slides to Dew since he was in the video business, and Dew and his friend began investigating their origins.
Dew says the pictures were on Kodachrome slides, and are not “perfectly in focus.” He says, “Kodachrome never responded well to poor lighting.”
However, he says he did find them very compelling.
Dew says their first task was to date the slides. He says, “We wanted to date the slides, because we knew people might think they were hoaxed and staged.”
As we have covered in past stories about the slides, the film and its slide cover have been allegedly confirmed to be from the late 40s. To Dew this proves that the film is not doctored.
“That is the first thing people say is that it is a hoax,” says Dew. “Even Neil deGrasse Tyson. When I showed them to Neil deGrasse Tyson, his first response was that these are fake. Well, they are not fake. People in the late 40s were not staging aliens, as far as I can tell. That image of the big head and skinny body didn’t become popular in pop culture until the 60s. So we know that it is not a fake staged alien, as far as I can tell.”
Dew says the slide owners had very interesting backgrounds, lending further credibility to their legitimacy. So, the next step was to have someone look at them who had seen an alien body. This brought them to two of the most respected researchers of the Roswell UFO incident, Don Schmitt and Tom Carey.
Schmitt and Carey were able to get Dew in touch with a man who claims he had seen alien bodies that were recovered at the alleged UFO crash in Roswell in 1947. Dew says the man wishes to remain anonymous, but his name and his picture are in the yearbook for the Roswell Army Air Field in 1947.
When shown the pictures, the witness says the body in the image did look like the bodies he saw in 1947. Dew says, “He said he saw fresh bodies and our body looks like it has been preserved in some fashion.”
I asked Dew if he was certain that it is an alien in the pictures. He said, “I am not certain. I don’t know how that I would have that certainty. I have not claimed that I have ever seen an alien, and from what I can tell in my research that I have done into this, there are no pictures online of any bodies that hold any weight.”
He continued, “I am like everybody else that first looks at it, that it looks like what I think an alien would look like.”
Another question I asked that has been causing some to scratch their heads is why they would choose to reveal the images and the research on them at a large event in Mexico.
Dew says, “The event is justified in that there is enough there to showcase the slides in this fashion. There is enough interesting material, there is enough supporting material, and there are enough people willing to go on the record.”
He continued, “In my mind, Mexico City, U.S., or wherever, maybe I am being naive, but I think the slides will stand on their own no matter where they are presented. Jaime had this vision for this big event and it sounds exciting to me. It sounds fun and interesting, and it is a big stage. No one in the U.S. would have been able to present a stage like this. In some ways it gives it an international feel.”
Dew says they did shop the project around to Hollywood producers and he was surprised at the high level meetings he was able to obtain. However, in the end, he did not want the photos to be just another part of an existing UFO program, and he did not want to give up control. He says, “This is a way to tell the story my way.”
Dew points out that the event in Mexico City is also the quickest way to get the pictures to the public. If they had gone with a TV show, it would have taken months to produce.
He also admits that money was a concern. He says he turned down a reputable magazine that wanted to cover the story because they were not offering any compensation.
“There was a major respectable U.S. monthly magazine that wanted to publish the slides years ago, but they weren’t offering any money and we wanted to at least find a way to bring some bit of funding into this project. People talk about these substantial packages and I just roll my eyes and laugh about what people think is the kind of money that’s involved in this. This has been a process that has cost me money out of my pocket, and I would certainly like to tell my wife that we at least broke even on this in the worst case scenario,” says Dew.
He realizes not everyone will agree with this decision. He says, “If I made a mistake there, I apologize, but again, it was a matter of us being able to tell the story our way.”
But as of late, Dew is becoming used to people criticizing his approach. He says he has been “surprised by the name calling and anger by some of the people interested in this topic.”
Among the criticism, some aren’t satisfied with the investigation. He says, “People are asking for science, but these are photos. There is only so much science you can get out of photos.”
I also asked Dew about some of the speculation out there. Many believe these photographs, which have now become known as the “Roswell Slides,” are actually depicting a mummy on display. This idea stems from a scene in the trailer for Dew’s documentary.
In the scene, a man is examining one of the slides on a light table. The slide can barely be seen. However, online researchers blew up the image and corrected for the angle and came up with an image that is very distorted and blurred, but much more clear than what has been seen thus far.
This image has been matched up with known mummies of children and many see a similarity. Dew says he looked into this possibility himself, and ruled it out.
Dew says, “To me it is obviously not the same thing, but maybe that’s just me.”
The mummy image that people feel is most similar has a hole in its side. People have pointed out a dark spot on the low resolution blown up slide that they believe confirms it is the same body. However, Dew says, “There is no hole on the side of our body.”
Dew says the speculation does not frustrate him, in fact it inspires him. He says, “In a lot of ways, the way people have reacted to the slides and low-res version that is out there, has reinforced my approach that I want to know as much as I can know before they are put out there for the public.”
Dew says he will continue to research the slides and get more expert opinion, although it has been difficult. He says most scientist see that the body has a head, two arms, and two legs and automatically assume it is human.
Dew says he is “just trying to get people to look at them with an open mind set. If someone with a science background is going to say this, we want to know why.”
“The response has been really good, and the story is interesting, and we are taking a detached fair approach to the story, and I think people’s biggest beef is that we are not operating under someone else’s timetable,” says Dew.
Those with a beef often compare him to Ray Santilli, who hoaxed a famous Roswell alien autopsy video in the 90s. Dew doesn’t think that comparison is fair.
Dew explains, “I get compared to Ray Santilli. Are you comparing this event in Mexico City to a national primetime Fox broadcast? That is an equal comparison in people’s minds? It just boggles me. Especially because the Santilli stuff is fake, and these are real slides. You can’t fake Kadachrome. You can say what you want about what’s in the image, but the image is real.”
Dew insists that he is not a hoaxer, nor are his friends.
In the end, he says, “The slides clearly have captured people’s attention and people’s interest, and I think it’s just a matter of figuring out what they are.”
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