My Summer Lair Chapter #232: Why Do You Believe What You Believe?
Welcome writer and director Jefferson Moneo to My Summer Lair; his latest feature is Cosmic Dawn. A trippy UFO cult saga starring Camille Rowe and Emmanuelle Chriqui.
I’ll give you the basic description but know there is lots more going on than this:
“After witnessing the alien abduction of her mother as a child, Aurora joins the UFO cult The Cosmic Dawn.”
As you’re about to hear in this far-out My Summer Lair conversation, this movie…visually yes it’s an arresting kaleidoscope.
Yet it’s also inspired by Jefferson’s unexplained experience he had in his youth…what he says are “crazy lights.” He openly shared his unique experience and I dunno what to make of it. Part of me is Mulder, part of me is Scully.
Like being prompted by the movie…you have to question your assumptions. Between the UFO cult and the experience of Aurora who witnessed the alien abduction of her mother as a child…it’s all off-kilter. What’s going on here?
The only certainty is uncertainty. Which is what you’d expect from a nonlinear movie.
This close encounter suggests an equally difficult question: Why do you believe what you believe?
Some contemplation music is provided by MGMT who contributed a number of songs to the Cosmic Dawn soundtrack; that wonderful synth and the style of the movie smoothly combine to offer up a warm 80s sci-fi movie feeling.
Currently Cosmic Dawn is available on On Demand Platforms.
But oh yes let’s start with Jefferson’s personal experience with the crazy lights.
The Cosmic Dawn trailer:
Cosmic Dawn @ W • T • F
Host Sammy Younan
Recorded: Wednesday January 26, 2022 at 11:30am
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