"Live Free or Die" is the official state motto of New Hampshire, but the phrase also could have served as the mantra for the 1960s, an era well-documented as one of monumental cultural shifts and indelible social change. Two less-celebrated events, which occurred in New Hampshire in the early and middle parts of the decade, were both earth-shaking in their own right. They did not entail demonstrations. Or happenings. Or rock concerts. They involved UFOs. Extraterrestrials. And human beings. The down-to-earth details behind these two horrific otherworldly events are explored in the new documentary film, Strange Septembers: The Hill Abduction & The Exeter Encounter.
Based on interviews with the likes of legendary actor, James Earl Jones (who played Barney Hill in the 1975 film, The UFO Incident), groundbreaking ufologist, Stanton Friedman (civilian researcher who helped define the Roswell Incident), author/lecturer Kathleen Marden (niece of Betty and Barney Hill), and Thomas Muscarello (brother of Norman Muscarello), this creepy, compelling, and informative film attempts to decipher the mysteries surrounding the twin peaks of New Hampshire UFO cases: the September 19, 1961 disturbing abduction of Betty and Barney Hill, and the September 3, 1965 close encounter of Norman Muscarello, Eugene Bertrand, and David Hunt.