Santilli's 'Tent Footage' Takes a Tumble
by Philip Mantle
To many people I am one of Ray Santilli's biggest supporters, and therefore a supporter of the authenticity of his 'alien autopsy' film. I have been accused at times of being on Santilli's payroll at best, and at worst even involved in helping him 'hoax' the whole alien autopsy film, and probably just about anything in-between.
It is fair to say, that in the media and in my book (co-authored with Michael Hesemann) BEYOND ROSWELL, I have given Santilli's films every opportunity to be proven authentic by either himself or other researchers in different parts of the world. I think it is fair to say that the alien autopsy film has become the most controversial piece of film in the entire history of UFO research, a controversy that still continues today.
Despite my apparent support for the possibility of the film being authentic my research into it has not stopped. However, having few leads to follow, no film with image to analyses, and no cameraman to question, there seemed little either myself or other researchers could do. This all changed in l998.
BLOWING THE WHISTLE.
On March 30, l998, I received and e-mail message from a gentleman by the name of Keith Goodyer. This was not someone with whom I had communicated before and his e-mail message heading quickly drew my attention. "Blowing The Whistle - Roswell." The message went on to say "OK, I know something about the Santilli footage, I can identify without a shadow of a doubt, one of the people in it. Call me." It was as simple as that. Were we about to discover information about one of the 'surgeons' in the film which could help authenticate the film, or was it something else ? A phone call to Keith Goodyer soon provided me with the answers.
In that first telephone conversation with Keith Goodyer I was quickly learn that he had information that did not support the authenticity of the film, in fact, quite the opposite. Keith was very busy setting up a new company at the time so I arranged to phone him again and record and interview with him over the phone. This took place on June 11th, l998. This, in part, is what he had to say: Keith Goodyer (KG), Philip Mantle (PM):
KG: OK. Basically, erm, I had er, an association, I had a colleague erm, that had an audio/visual company, erm making, at the time they were making a lot of Karaoke videos for third party publishers, erm, and soundtracks for children's films and that sort of thing. I actually first came across this company, erm, in the capacity as a games programmer, erm, and in fact contracted them to provide music for some video games that I was working on........I spent a lot of time in their studios with them....So I would say, most of the staff in there I was well acquainted with and had a very good relationship with erm, owners of the company......About a year and a half ago I went to actually visit this company, I hadn't seen them for a while, it was all, it was just a social visit, just pop-in to see how everybody was, and, while I was there the phone wrang, and, it, erm, the secretary put the phone call to the colleague I was with, the owner of the company, erm, who had a phone conversation with Ray Santilli. Erm, when the phone, the conversation had finished, I said to my colleague ' the Ray Santilli'. He said, well, what do you mean 'the Ray Santilli', I said the guy with the Roswell film. With that my colleague actually fell about almost in hysterics, I mean he would have fallen of his chair think, given a chance, and he said didn't you realise we made that. ...He said, no, we made that, didn't you recognise Elliot. And I said well, no, quite frankly I didn't recognise anybody. Erm, and then, he said, er, well, you know, we made that, that was Elliot.......Eventually he took me into the studio, erm, he showed me a video tape of what, I didn't recognise as being the Roswell footage, and he showed me some film, but it was quite clearly I could see the main character in this footage was Elliot, who once was one of the sound engineers there, erm, but it wasn't what I recognised as the Roswell footage. Erm, and then I sort of, I wasn't, at that time, that [particularly impressed, erm, I just thought well maybe he thought he'd made something, but that wasn't the Santilli, certainly wasn't the Santilli footage. ....He gave me a copy of the video cassette...and I went off quite happy. Erm, one night I'm sat here, whenever it was I first contacted you Phil"
PM: Erm, it was March the 30th.
KG: March the 30th.....I was sat in, sat in my office at home, surfing the internet, and, I had no real contrived or planned reason, just typed in Roswell into Yahoo to do a search, erm just to see, you know, see what the latest is, ...and I found a page, erm, that was, erm, where they were doing analysis of the tent footage. Now I'd never realised that there were, I'd never followed the story close enough to know that there was different segments of footage and different pieces of this so-called Roswell film, and erm, ....and I clearly identified the tent sequence with the video that I'd seen. Well within 10 minutes I was downstairs searching through my video library trying to find this video cassette that I'd been given, and basically matched up frame for frame with the copy that I had which clearly showed Elliot the sound engineer with the pages on the internet and sure enough the tent footage was the same footage that claimed to be made, by er, by my colleagues, and was indisputable that, that was Elliot. I watched the film through and through again without a shadow of a doubt it was definitely Elliot, and it definitely matched up with the pages on the internet reporting to be the tent footage.
KG: At which point, I thought mmm, I should inform somebody about this, and just found a few key figures, there were er, there were erm, involved in investigating Roswell from the UK end, and erm, sent you an e-mail".
Keith Goodyer went on to tell me that the company in question was called AK MUSIC based in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire. A check by my colleague Tim Matthews, at Companies House, discovered that the companies correct name was A.R.K. Music Limited and it had subsequently gone into liquidation. Documents obtained at Companies House revealed the names and addresses of the directors of A.R.K. and there names were confirmed by Keith Goodyer as those claiming to have made the 'tent footage' film. A full copy of the interview with Keith Goodyer was released by me on the internet and it caused quite a lot of interest, quite naturally. Even Ray Santilli himself responded:
June 17 l998. TENT FOOTAGE. "The Tent Footage.
Philip Mantle has informed me that he has secured an interview from someone claiming to have information regarding the 'Tent Footage'.
As a great deal has been made of the so-called 'Tent Footage' I would like to clarify the situation and place the following on record:
The Tent Footage was the first film material I collected from the cameraman, it was in the form of 16mm film and in very poor condition. I brought it back to England and asked a studio facility in Buckinghamshire to retrieve whatever image they could from it. A few weeks after delivery the studio presented me with the film which has become known as the 'Tent Footage' I was told that this was all that could be retrieved from the film.
I had informed the cameraman by telephone that we were able to retrieve some images and indeed showed the film to Philip Mantle and other interested parties.
I returned to the States later to collect the main film and showed the 'Tent Footage' on VHS to the cameraman. At this point he stated that he DID NOT remember either the image being portrayed or the style in which it had been filmed. I was concerned but collected the remaining film (which was in far better condition) and returned to the UK.
Upon my return I contacted the studio to find out more about the images from the 'Tent Footage'. I got the impression that as a joke the film had been interfered with, but nobody was owning up. This meant that with regard to the 'Tent Footage' I was uncertain as to what was real and what was not, and if the film had been interfered with, I could not use it. THIS IS WHY I COMPLETELY PULLED BACK FROM USING THE FILM.
As a result, I INFORMED ALL PARTIES that had come into contact with the 'Tent Footage (and I am sure they will confirm this) that I was NOT CONFIDENT with regard to the 'Tent Footage' and further that it should NOT be used in broadcasters including Fox (Kiviat).
Indeed when Kiviat wanted to use the 'Tent Footage' for a subsequent program I was totally against it. However he still wished to use it and to that end he provided me with a written disclaimer dated November l995 which was to be used during the broadcast. In the end I won the point and the film was not used. The situation regarding the 'Tent Footage' was known to all, it was not appropriate to use as it may have been interfered with.
It was the only thing I could do, as I did not want it to compromise the main autopsy film. I believe I did the responsible thing in removing the 'Tent Footage' from circulation at the very beginning.
My position regarding the autopsy film and the reels recovered remains unchanged. Any discussion regarding the 'Tent Footage' is completely irrelevant. I DID NOT USE THAT STUDIO AGAIN, AND NEITHER THE STUDIO OR ANYONE ASSOCIATED WITH THE STUDIO HAD ANYTHING WHATSOEVER TO DO WITH THE AUTOPSY FILM. THE AUTOPSY FILM IS WHAT IT IS, AND NOTHING WILL CHANGE THAT.
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