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Documentary featuring Daily Record to air Thursday

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Members of a documentary crew examine film and set up for a scene in the Roswell Daily Record newsroom in October. The crew was at the Roswell Daily Record to do interviews and research for an upcoming film slated to air Thursday at 8 p.m. Mountain Time on KWBQ, the local CW affiliate. (Daily Record File Photo)

A documentary about the alleged 1947 UFO crash that has made the city famous and includes footage and interviews from Roswell Daily Record’s office will soon hit the airwaves.

“Roswell Mysteries Decoded” will air Thursday on the CW Television Network, according to an email from Gary Tarpinian, the film’s co-executive producer, to Barbara Beck, publisher of the Daily Record.

The hour-long documentary will air locally on Thursday at 8 p.m. on KWBQ, a CW affiliate, according to the TV Screens insert in Friday’s paper.

The crew spent hours filming interviews, examining microfilm and touring the Daily Record newsroom in October during the making of “Roswell Mysteries Decoded.”

Paninee Theeranuntawat, the film’s co-executive producer said in an interview Tuesday that the Daily Record was helpful and great to work with.

The film features two investigators: Ryan Sprague a UFO investigator and author and Jennifer Marshall, a private investigator, as they search for the truth about the crash. The film will center on metal discovered last year near the crash site northwest of Roswell by Frank Kimbler, a geologist and earth science professor at the New Mexico Military Institute.

Kimbler, who is interviewed in the film, has raised the possibility the metal might be of extraterrestrial origin.

Tarpinian said when he was in Roswell, that the metal would be sent to the aerospace laboratory in southern California to discern whether it is a convectional alloy or one 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.

Initially the film was intended to air on the CW Seed, a digital platform of the CW. However, by the time the documentary was finished, the CW opted to air it on its main broadcast network, Theeranuntawat said.

The documentary is aimed at a young crowd, and Theeranuntawat said she hopes people will tweet and post about it on social media.

She added that if the documentary gets high enough ratings, the filmmakers would love to return to Roswell to either do a sequel or mini-series about the crash.

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