This feature length documentary film is about the life of Travis Walton and about his 1975 abduction experience, as well as the lives of others touched by this event, as well as its greater implications to our understanding of the UFO phenomenon overall. As an Associate Producer of this film I’m biased of course, but I can tell you for a fact that “Travis” is not just a world-class UFO documentary. It’s a world-class documentary, period.
The story as told takes viewers into the very heart of Travis Walton’s November 5 1975 UFO experience – in his own words, and at the actual locations where all of the events occurred. “Travis” also sheds much personal insight into its protagonist’s experiences as well as those of many of the key individuals whose lives were not only touched by, but transformed forever that night and in the days to come. They include members of the original logging crew who were with Walton when the event occurred, Sheriff Gillespie, chief law enforcement officer overseeing and dealing with the disappearance of the young logger at the time, and who was so superbly brought to life in the film “Fire In the Sky” by the late, great James Garner. The professional Polygrapher who administered the tests to all of the witnesses (and to Travis) was also kind enough to grant us an on-camera interview, along with others who played a part in the search, investigation and daily events of this, one of the world’s best known and best documented UFO incidents.
Woven throughout this film are visits to all of the relevant locations along with insightful clips from the interviews I conducted with some of the best known and most respected members of the UFO research community. In its totality “Travis” not only focuses in on the individuals and events who comprise this story, but also spans almost forty years in doing so, and not surprisingly, parts of the film are moving in the extreme. A variety of scientific evidence is also presented along with informed opinions on the character and state of mind of the documentary’s central figure.
I can only add in closing that I undertook my first viewing of the almost-final cut of “Travis” with as much as objectivity as I could muster being that I wanted to give our Executive Producer the most honest, detailed and objective evaluation I was capable of. Even so, from the first moments of the film right through to the end I found myself repeatedly transfixed with how well all of our hard work had come together – not just as a professional, but as someone who happens to love quality documentaries. “Travis” is sharp, objective, moving, fascinating and possesses first rate production values throughout. When completed it will certainly be a DVD (or DVD set, to be decided shortly) that anyone of us would be happy to have in our viewing library and proud to share with friends, family members, colleagues or whomever.