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Film crew visits Roswell Daily Record

Members of a documentary crew examine film and set up for a scene in the Roswell Daily Record newsroom Monday. The crew was at the Roswell Daily Record to do interviews and research for an upcoming film slated to air on The CW Seed, an arm of the CW. (Alex Ross Photo)

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A film crew stopped by the office of the Roswell Daily Record Monday as part of an upcoming documentary about the alleged UFO landing that has brought Roswell to international prominence.

The nine-person crew of the upcoming film spent several hours at the paper where they toured the office, analyzed microfilm and conducted interviews for the film now known under its working title: “Unknown Origins Roswell.”

The film will air on the CW Seed, a part of the CW network, at a date to be determined.

Gary Tarpinian, president of Morning Star Entertainment out of Burbank, California, which is producing the film, said his crew arrived in Roswell Saturday and they are scheduled to depart today.

Tarpinian said his company’s film will focus on metal that was uncovered by Frank Kimbler, a Roswell geologist and earth science professor at New Mexico Military Institute interviewed in the film, who last year discovered a unique alloy in the area of the UFO crash site northwest of Roswell.

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Tarpinian said he and his crew will bring the metal discovered by Kimbler to an aerospace laboratory in southern California, to see if it is conventional material or an alloy that was not previously known.

If the material is an alloy not previously known, he said the crew will examine whether the fact that the material was found in the area of the purported UFO crash site is a coincidence or not.

The documentary will feature two investigators: Ryan Sprague — UFO investigator and author of the book “Somewhere in the Skies: A Human Approach to an Alien Phenomenon” — and Jennifer Marshall, a Navy veteran and private investigator, as they search for the truth about the alleged UFO crash.

Tarpinian said unlike other documentaries about Roswell, he and his crew are not making the film to back up a theory, but to find answers supported by evidence.

“We’re not going into this to prove something, we are going into this to find the truth,” he said.

“If that metal is from a rancher’s beer can, we will say it,” Tarpinian said.

Tarpinian said his company has made three previous documentaries: one about Billy the Kid, another about the exploits and capture of the Albuquerque bank robber Robin the Hood and another about stealth jets filmed at the Holloman Air Force base near Alamogordo. Before Saturday though, he had never been to Roswell.

Before he reached Roswell, he said he did not know what to expect, but said its residents seem friendly and the community to be like just about like any other.

“I don’t know why I thought it would be different based on what happened, but it seems like a nice place,” he said.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.