Seeking to change the course of an $670 Million government agency, one citizen seeks to “brief” five elected officials making a choice between untethered economic growth and harm to humans and the environment that results from airplane noise and emissions - all during public meeting comments, two minutes at a time, over twelve-months.
The Briefing Project is an in-production documentary blending investigative journalism, citizen activism, editorial commentary, and a bit of reality-show "it's happening right now" intensity.
Getting started? All episodes can be watched on this page; or read the transcript for Episode 1 below!
EPISODE 1 – THE BRIEFING YOU SHOULD HAVE HAD
January 30, 2018
"Nine months ago, this commission asked for briefings from the FAA, and from your staff. These briefings were supposed to address questions about “the impacts of NextGen flight procedures on local communities”. And questions about the FAA’s role”in “addressing aircraft noise and other community impacts.” And how these issues impact our “quality of life.”
But you never actually got the briefings you asked for.
Now, it is true that on April 25th, the FAA and your staff did each make presentations. They lasted 43 minutes. But these presentations - if we measure them by the topics they chose to omit – were misleading.
They spoke about the benefits of NextGen, but they failed to brief you on the developing scientific record about the harm to human health from increased aircraft noise and emissions. They failed to brief you on the rebellions underway in communities across the country because of NextGen. They failed to brief you on the nationwide lawsuits against the FAA over NextGen. And they failed to brief you on pending state and federal legislation seeking to address the danger to human health and the environment from NextGen’s increased aircraft operations.
In light of these omissions, I think it is fair to conclude that the April 25th presentations were … incomplete. And inadequate.
I’ve come here to give you the briefing that you actually asked for. The full-story, no sugar-coating, fact-based briefing that you should have had.
Of course, this is public comment. So my briefing will come to you in two-minute public comment segments. I commit I will spend the no more time – 43 minutes – than you provided the FAA and staff. I expect it will take 10 months to complete.
My briefing will continue at the next public comment. Thank you."
Every new movie project needs a great poster. Wanted a natural environment pic with a very isolated man beneath an intimidating presence from above.
The Briefing #1: The Briefing You Should Have Had
The Briefing #2: Transparency
The Briefing #3: You and Me
The Briefing #4: What Went Wrong
The Briefing: A Time Out
The Briefing #5 What Went Wrong Part 2
The Briefing #6 What Went Wrong Part 3
The Briefing #7: The FAA Strikes Out
The Briefing: Intermission
Film theory! Who knew?
The Briefing #9: Numbers
There are only two questions.
The Briefing #10: What Did You Know and When Did You Know It?
Just added 97,000 more annual flights. Going to add another 80,000. Now, what is the science saying?
The Briefing #11: PROOF
The Briefing #12: WHO to Believe
The Maury Island Incident
The Maury Island Incident tells the forgotten, tragic story – taken directly from declassified FBI documents – of Harold Dahl’s June 21, 1947, UFO sighting near Maury Island, and explores the origins of the iconic Men In Black within a conspiratorial mythology set during the “summer of the saucers” in 1947, all leading directly to FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover.
The film’s honors/awards include: 2015 UFO Congress Best Short Film; Big Island Film Festival Opening Night Gala; Washington Film Works Innovative Lab Competitive Grant; Gig Harbor Film Festival Best Short; Seattle International Film Festival North American Premiere. The film was adapted into a web series distributed on Hulu and IndieFlix.
To celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the Harold Dahl's story and “The Summer of the Saucers,” the film was celebrated in 2017 with a Resolution on the floor of the Washington State Senate for its contribution to the history and popular culture of Washington State, and featured at the Washington State Historical Museum.
Because it straddles the line between history and mythology, the film and accompanying presentations by the filmmakers about J. Edgar Hoover and the Summer of the Saucers have become popular keynotes for a broad range of audiences, from historical society fundraisers to SciFi conventions.
Directed by Scott Schaefer (Bill Nye the Science Guy, Penn & Teller:Bullsh*t, The Arsenio Hall Show, Almost Live!), written by Steve Edmiston (Crimes of the Past, The Periphery Project, Vol. I, A Relative Thing, The Day My Parents Became Cool), produced by John White, Scott Schaefer, and Steve Edmiston.
See The Maury Island incident Historical Society’s Burning Saucer celebration of the birth of the Men in Black featured on Den Of Geek here.
The Maury Island Incident
Watch the trailer now (The beating heart of tension!) orstream the film!
The Good Bootlegger's Guild: Community Event
“The Good Bootlegger’s Guild” annually celebrates the life and times of the Northwest’s Rumrunning King, Roy Olmstead. The Guild continues its groundbreaking research on Olmstead’s 1925 Thanksgiving Day arrest – known as the Woodmont Dock Raid. This dramatic middle-of-the-night showdown with federal prohibition agents is a cornerstone of the Olmstead bootlegging legend – and also may have unknowingly stopped the first (and last) shipment of “Glenoldroy,” allegedly Olmstead’s own private-labeled whiskey imported directly from Scotland. According to Guild founders, “we’ve collected circumstantial evidence that on that fateful night Roy Olmstead may have finally closed the missing loophole in his supply chain – reaching back into two distilleries in Scotland that mysteriously both went out of business just one year after Olmstead’s arrest.”
The Guild has also been retained as the historical consultant for a new motion picture in development with the filmmakers behind the locally-produced The Maury Island Incident. Screenwriter Steve Edmiston says, "we believe that Roy Olmstead’s story presents an amazing counterpoint to the violent reign of his contemporary, Al Capone. Our story is essentially Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid meets The Untouchables, and is just a stunning, all-true story, that starts with the spectacular 1925 Thanksgiving Day Woodmont Dock Raid, a little black book with missing pages, and goes all the way to the United States Supreme Court and President Roosevelt.”
The Annual Meeting of the Good Bootlegger’s Guild (a.k.a. “TGBG”) has become a summer highlight in the City of Des Moines, connecting residents, historians, whiskey lovers and vendors, politicians, and most recently, a crack scuba team that pulled a mysterious crate from the icy depths of Puget Sound (2017), and a ghost boat from the past delivering a case of original Glenoldroy (2018). The Guild has also supported the dedication of a monument to the Woodmont Dock Raid.
Newspaper headlines - and already a differential in the number of cases recovered. Just 111? Reports are 240 cases were siezed. TGBG is committed to finding the rest.
Perhaps the first bottle of the mythological beast - Roy Olmstead's first, last, and lost shipment of Glenoldroy - recovered from the icy waters of Puget Sound since 1925.
A label not seen in 90 years?
The perfect expression of better late than ever.
Four man scuba team rises!
In 2017, a crack underwater team emerges from the icy depths of Poverty Bay with a sealed crate bearing mysterious markings.
Honoring Old Roy
Overlooking the Woodmont Dock ruins since 1925.
It was alleged that Elise Olmstead read children’s bedtime stories over the radio with embedded codes to the Puget Sound rum runners. The Guild may have cracked the codes - and called a ghost boat from the past.
A second discovery
A crate of Glenoldroy dropped by the ghost boat. Unbelievable? Sure. Gone (by auction) in 60 seconds.
EKE Pictures (derived from the initials of Edmiston-Kepler) is an ongoing, twenty-year collaboration between independent film producers Victor Kepler and Steve Edmiston.
Feature film titles produced by EKE include Crimes of the Past (2010, MarVista, starring David Rasche, Elizabeth Rohm, and Eric Roberts, premiere on Lifetime); A Relative Thing (2005, distributed by Official Best of Fest, Gaiam's Spiritual Cinema Circle); Farewell to Harry (2002, distributed by Porchlight Entertainment); The Periphery Project, Vol. I (2016 IndieFlix).
The team always has something in the hopper at various stages of development or production. Yes, like right now. Right there in the hopper. Original content, acquired rights, development, co-productions, attachments, ongoing distribution rights management - in the hopper.
A side note about my dear friend and mentor Victor.
Victor launched me into the film world.
I've learned a lot from Victor. Usually life lessons, more than film nuts or bolts. One example: actively define and create a time to stop moving forward for a moment, and celebrate some “thing”, that, by at least some small metric, has been achieved. The cliché is to “stop and smell the roses.” Victor is a genius at making sure we take time out to have a steak (or whatever equivilant our health permits) at The Met in Seattle to assure we breath and enjoy some event that, if we could only pause and step away to appreciate what has been accomplished, we should be throwing a party to celebrate.
For some reason, our first “greenlight” on a feature film was celebrated at the Met with a steak. We’ve learned an essential lesson of entrepreneurship – that each success leads immediately to a new set of challenges – and we’ve realized that without a physical act of celebration – the metaphorical steak – we’ll never enjoy the journey. We’ll just trade one set of stressful events for the next set of problems.
It is not lost on me that in some way, this website is another steak, thanks to Victor.
The Woodmont Union of the Unexplained and Unresolved
Production of annual community event celebrating and seeking to solve some of the Northwest's most notorious and scandalous mysteries - somehow connecting to the very small community of Woodmont, Des Moines, Washington.
What is the WUUU?
Welcome to The Woodmont Union of the Unexplained and Unresolved, an eclectic collection of out-of-the-box thinkers and philosophers, problem solvers, investigators of the mysterious, intellectually curious believers and skeptics, raconteurs, microhistorians, and a few people that behave like a dog at the other end of the sock and won’t let go until, like an episode of Scooby Doo, the truth is revealed in shocking fashion. Plus some folks that just want to show up, imbibe, and watch it go down, have fun, imbibe, and maybe – just maybe – feel that late October chill that comes with a good ghost story.
Affectionately known as the “WUUU” (pronounced “woo-OOO-ooo-ooo,” or in business settings, “the double-u triple-u”), we are the go-to private organization for ongoing criminal, psychical, and theosophical investigation radiating out from the Woodmont Country Club (founded 1915) to Seattle and Tacoma.
Holding an annual meeting in late October each year, WUUU seeks to explain and resolve the inexplicable and unsolvable – local ghost stories and sightings, national scandals, and yes – even murder.
Hence the crow. We have a lot of crows.
Some say the WUUU, along with "The Maury Island Incident Historical Society" and "The The Good Bootlegger's Guild," completes the Poverty Bay Trilogy of amazing tales and the community events that celebrate them.
Today owned by University Games, Front Porch Classics was a bold experiment launched in 2000 by three Seattle entrepreneurs, Mark Jacobsen, Mark Pattison, and Steve Edmiston. The company bucked the trend to tech by creating retro, nostalgic, coffee table games. Games so attractive you might keep them out and play them more. Family games.
Steve Edmiston is credited as creator of classic “coffee table games” including Family Fun Toy of the Year winner Dread Pirate, and other multi-award winning games including Raceway 57, Stretch Run, and a tie-in to the 20th Century Fox release, Master & Commander. For Discovery Bay Games, Steve and his colleague Tom Phillips created Barista, Potions, and Martini.
Master and Commander
Maury Island Incident Historical Society: Community Event
Production of community celebration
Before The X-Files. Before The Twilight Zone. And definitely before Roswell.
In 1947, UFOs appeared over Puget Sound, followed by the original Men in Black. Inspired by the true story of flying saucers, a top-secret government investigation, a deadly plane crash, a dog killed by a damaged UFO, and the first-ever reported man in black carrying threats from the government. The Maury Island Incident.
Nearly wiped from history months later by an alleged UFO crash in a conveniently secured government facility in New Mexico, we ask the question, was Roswell simply a desperate government's sleight of hand, a brilliant disinformation campaign? The MIIHS is headquartered in the Woodmont Community Club, across the Puget Sound from the historic site of one of modern history's most fantastical alleged UFO incidents. The MIIHS was co-founded by Firemaster and Chief Saucer Designer Terry Donohue, and the sighting is now celebrated annually with an annual community party, business meeting, bonfire, the "telling of the tale," and the finale (and event nickname) "Burning Saucer."
Icarus burns to Tinkham Road's rendition of Space Oddity
Area 51 Proprietor and creator of the “Maury Island Incident” cocktail, Robert Force
Space Balls Eagle 5 burned at BS LXX
The Periphery Project
Inspired by true events following 9/11, The Periphery Project Volume I tells the story of one man's mission to expose a government conspiracy to spy upon independent filmmakers- one public access show at a time.
Presented as an anthology, Volume I embeds five award-winning short films that range from fantasy to horror to science fiction and comedy. Contributing directors include Jon Stout, Mark Ratzlaff, Eric Day, Andy Marsh, and Gavin and Jason Fox.
“In the end, it all makes sense – in a kind of Wayne’s World meets The Twilight Zone, updated for the internet generation, way.”
This website is not intended to solicit an engagement for legal services. Steve provides legal services through his own firm, Quadrant45 Law, PLLC, and he is Of Counsel for Bracepoint Law. Note Steve cannot represent you until he knows that doing so will not create a conflict of interest. Accordingly, please DO NOT send information about any matter unless you are an existing client. Providing information on this web site or otherwise will not create an attorney-client relationship in the absence of an express agreement to create such a relationship.