Mirage Men

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Mirage Men
Photo of retired Air Force Office Of Special Investigations Special Agent Richard Doty and credits underneath,
Theatrical release poster
Mirage Men
Directed by John Lundberg
Roland Denning
Kypros Kyprianou
Produced by Roland Dennnig
Kypros Kyprianou
John Lundberg
Mark Pilkington
Written by Mark Pilkington
Starring Rick Doty
Music by Cyclobe
Cinematography Grant Wakefield
Zillah Bowes
Edited by Roland Denning
Kypros Kyprianou
Perception Management Productions
Distributed by Random Media
Release date
  • 13 June 2013 (2013-06-13) (Sheffield Doc/Fest)
  • 27 March 2014 (2014-03-27) (United States)
Running time
85 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Mirage Men is a 2013 documentary film directed by John Lundberg, written by Mark Pilkington and co-directed by Roland Denning and Kypros Kyprianou.[1] The film had its world premiere at the 2013 Sheffield Doc/Fest[2] in the UK on 13 June 2013, its North American premiere at the 2013 Fantastic Fest[3] in Austin, Texas on 22 September 2013, its Australian premiere at the Canberra International Film Festival[4] on 31 October 2013 and its Nordic premiere at the Stockholm Film Festival[5] in Sweden on 10 November 2013.

Mirage Men is about how the US government used mythology to cover up their advanced technology. It prominently features Richard Doty, a retired Special Agent who worked for AFOSI, the United States Air Force Office of Special Investigation.[6] Mark Pilkington's book about the project, also called Mirage Men, was published in 2010 by Constable & Robinson.[7]


Critical reception for the documentary has been positive. Twitch Film[3] said the film was "Scary, unsettling" and "offered profound food for thought". Electric Sheep magazine[8] called it "one of the must see documentaries of the year". Ain't it Cool News[6] called the film "a real head trip" and said they were "glued to [their] seat".


Mirage Men has been excerpted in the Adam Curtis documentary HyperNormalisation on BBC iPlayer.[9]

American novelist Ernest Cline credits the Mirage Men movie as an influence on his novel and screenplay Armada in which the government has known for decades of an alien invasion and has been funding sci-fi movies and videogames in order to prepare us for war.[10]


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