A NEW ALIEN ABDUCTION MOVIE COMING IN 2019.
Philip Mantle interviews Film Director Francis Xavier.
I’ve been in contact with movie director Francis Xavier for several years now and I was interested to hear that he now had in development a new alien abduction movie. I contacted Francis to see if he was able to talk about his new project and was pleased to hear that he was. Francis was only too happy to give me a few minutes of his time for a quick Q and A session.
Q: Who is Francis Xavier, please tell us something about yourself ?
A: Known for his unpredictable, violent films, Writer, Producer, Director Francis Xavier first earned widespread fame for his directorial feature film ‘Barry’s Gift’ before going on to direct the controversial Johnny Come Lately.
Born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1962, Xavier moved to California in 2008 to continue his love of making movies during which time he wrote and directed both the psychological thriller Never On Sunday and the award winning horror film Poe. Xavier’s directorial debut came with the award winning feature film Barry’s Gift (2000), for which he won awards for best screenplay and best director at The Greenbelt Film Festival in Maryland, the film was also an official selection at the 2000 Maryland Film Festival in which he was in competition with Oscar winning director Barry Levinson (Rain Man) and director Eduardo Sanchez (Blair Witch Project). Next he would receive widespread critical and commercial acclaim with the controversial psychological thriller Johnny Come Lately (2004). Subsequent features include the trilogy Night Cry (2005), the thriller The Tango Dancer (2006), the award winning urban drama Dodge City (2007), directing Oscar nominee and Golden Globe winning actress Sally Kirkland (Anna/JFK) in the film, The Ear of the Beholder (2008) and writings and directing the psychological thriller Never On Sunday (2009). Xavier earned several awards for the horror film Poe (2012) including best screenplay at the Los Angeles Feature Film and Screenplay Film Festival and winner of the 2012 Screen Actors Guild Roll Film Festival and soon after writing and directing the supernatural thriller Less Than A Whisper (2015), the latter being the director’s latest effort and was an official selection at the 2015 Film-Com event in Nashville, Tennessee. In addition, the filmmaker has directed over 50 commercials including Budweiser and Nestle, 4 short films and 10 music videos including 2 music videos for Taylor Swift’s Cray Cray for Tay Tay merchandise company.
Q: So when did you first get into movies ?
A: Back in the 60’s and 70’s my mother owned a movie theatre in my hometown of Baltimore City, Maryland called The Tower Theatre and from the time I was born I was watching movies because my mother would take me to work with her everyday. I grew up watching many great films there and they loomed larger than life on the big screen for me. Then in 1973 a film would premiere at my mother’s theatre that would change my life forever and would put me on course to make my own. That movie was William Friedkin’s The Exorcist.
Q: How many movies have you worked on so far and in what capacity ?
A: I have written, produced, edited and directed eight feature films, my latest being the supernatural thriller ‘Less Than A Whisper’. I actually play the lead role in the film.
Q: You now have a movie in development with Lark Entertainment based on Robert E. Dunn’s book BEHIND THE DARKNESS. Can you tell us about this project please ?
A: I met Robert E. Dunn about 2 years ago when we first discussed his alien abduction novel Behind The Darkness and me possibly writing the screenplay from the novel. I read the novel and loved it and thought to myself Behind The Darkness would make a great scary film. Through one seemingly endless night four friends find themselves surrounded, and at the mercy of nameless, unseen aliens. Desperation makes for difficult choices and even more difficult actions as two men learn just who they must be to fight the creatures behind the darkness.
What follows is a violent battle for survival that will change everyone forever. Imagine Behind The Darkness as Night of the Living dead with aliens rather than zombies. Behind The Darkness is a survivor story of resistance against impossible odds. I wrote the screenplay and took it to the American Film Market last November. The screenplay is currently in the development department at Lakeshore International.
Q: Have you always been interested in the UFO subject or is this
something new for you ?
A: I’ve always been interested in UFOs and aliens. I’m a true believer in the subject and have a missing time story of my own to tell. But that’s a whole different interview. Trust me, it’s my true alien abduction story I will tell someday.
Q: How do you think the UFO community will react to this movie ?
A: I think the community would react rather well with the story and the movie. It’s no secret that the government has been hiding UFO and alien disclosure from us for decades. We are not alone, and I’m living proof of that. Maybe we can do a follow-up interview soon so we can talk about my missing times. Thanks to organizations like MUFON, and people like Dr. Steven Greer, Linda Moulton Howe and also you Philip, to get the word out to the community that we are not alone. I think people would be able to relate to Behind The Darkness because the characters are everyday real people put in a situation unlike any human beings would want to experience. These are not dumb characters. It’s very hard for the government and filmmakers to fool people and an audience these days.
Q: Now I know this movie is still in development but when can we
expect to see it released ?
A: If everything goes well for the studio development of Behind The Darkness, I can see a release date of late 2019.
Q; Do you have a favorite UFO movie at all ?
A: My all time favorite UFO movies are John Carpenter’s ‘The Thing’ and ‘Alien 1 and 2’.
Q: I have to ask this, have you ever had a UFO sighting yourself ?
A: Absolutely, many to be exact. My last sighting, witnessing a cluster of UFOs in the daytime in Van Nuys, California in 2009 and I wasn’t alone. They were right over my house until fighter jets appeared and the UFOs just simply disappeared right before our eyes. My 2001 missing time experience was scary enough. But that’s a whole different interview lol.
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I would like to thank Francis Xavier for giving up his time for this Q and A session and would like to take this opportunity to wish him well with all of his new projects.
About the author:
Philip Mantle is a long standing UFO researcher and author from the UK. He was formerly the Director of Investigations for the British UFO Research Association and the MUFON Representative for England. He is the founder of FLYING DISK PRESS