Disappointing follow-up from makers of "Trekkies," "Six Days in Roswell" visits similar pop-socio territory but flames out in its exploration of naturally rich topic of America's UFO subculture. Uncomfortably teetering between poking fun and honestly studying this burgeoning movement, pic follows nerdy Richard Kronfeld --- who wishes to be abducted by aliens --- to the 50th anniversary of alleged alien ship crash in Roswell, N.M. Despite its deep flaws and it being too long, "Six Days" should provide many fests with an ideal "weird America" entry, and will later take flight in ancillary.
Disappointing follow-up from makers of “Trekkies,” “Six Days in Roswell” visits similar pop-socio territory but flames out in its exploration of naturally rich topic of America’s UFO subculture. Uncomfortably teetering between poking fun and honestly studying this burgeoning movement, pic follows nerdy Richard Kronfeld — who wishes to be abducted by aliens — to the 50th anniversary of alleged alien ship crash in Roswell, N.M. Despite its deep flaws and it being too long, “Six Days” should provide many fests with an ideal “weird America” entry, and will later take flight in ancillary.
As told Michael Moore–style by Kronfeld, pic morphs into a queasy self-portrait of an electronics nut who’s never had a g.f. and still lives at home with his frankly worried mother. Like a cinematic version of the “Roadside America” travel guide, item captures amusing scenes in the curious Southwest town totally immersed in UFO lore. But the UFO issue, the Roswell incident itself and serious UFO-ologists are minimized to provide room for obviously staged shtick emphasizing the wimpiness of Kronfeld, who seems increasingly pathetic as a guide. Tech credits are fair, with active camera catching some close encounters on the run.
Six Days in Roswell
A Benevolent Authority production in association with Neo Art and Logic. Produced by Roger Nygard. Executive producers, Hiroshi Sano, Aki Komine, Joel Soisson, Michael Leahy, W.K. Border. Directed by Timothy B. Johnson. Camera (color), David Doyle, Adam Olson; editor, Roger Nygard; music, Walter Werzowa, Jimmie Wood, J.J. Holiday, Billy Sullivan; sound, Paul Ratajczak. Reviewed at AFI screening room, L.A., Oct. 14, 1999. (In AFI Film Festival --- Documentary Series.) Running time: 80 MIN.
With: Richard Kronfeld, Dennis Balthaser, Bob Barnes, Deon Crosby, Stanton T. Friedman, Peter Gersten, Budd Hopkins, Debra L. Lindemann, Donald R. Schmitt, Yvonne Smith, Whitley Streiber.
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