Phoenix Forgotten Twenty Years Later, Based on the Shocking True Events

Phoenix Forgotten, three teenagers disappeared during the Phoenix Lights events on March 13, 1997, and twenty years later, a movie comes to tell the story.

The fictional story is based on that year’s events when several mysterious lights appeared over Phoenix, Arizona.

What was The Phoenix Lights?

First of all, at about 6:55 pm, Thursday, March 13, 1997, a man reported seeing a V-shaped object, several football fields sized, above Henderson, Nevada.

This was just the beginning of the incident known as The Phoenix Lights.

In addition, thousands of people reported a triangular formation of lights seen to pass over the state and a series of stationary lights moving across the city in about a southeast direction.

Another account and evidence point to nine lights appearing to “hover” over Phoenix at around 10 pm, while thousands of people witnessed it.

Failed to Answer

Because of the numerous video images of these lights, they received much coverage from the media.

Consequently, this coverage gains immediate response from the government and military.

The U.S. Air Force explained it as slow-falling, long-burning LUU-2B/B illumination flares dropped by a flight of four A-10 Warthog aircraft on a training exercise at the Barry Goldwater Range at Luke Air Force Base.

Also, Arizona Governor, Fife Symington III, held a press conference, mocking that “they found who was responsible” for bringing a dressed man in an alien costume onto the stage.

Arizona Governor, Fife Symington III

But on the first Phoenix Lights’ tenth anniversary, March 2007, Symington confirmed he witnessed one of the “crafts of unknown origin” during that night of March 1997.

Symington reported, “I’m a pilot, and I know almost every machine that flies. It was bigger than anything that I’ve ever seen.”

“As a pilot and a former Air Force Officer, I can definitively say that this craft did not resemble any man-made object I’d ever seen. And it was certainly not high-altitude flares because flares don’t fly in formation.”

Phoenix city’s councilwoman, Frances Barwood, launched an investigation into the Phoenix Lights; according to her, she interviewed over 700 witnesses, “The government never interviewed even one.”

The producers of Phoenix Forgotten interviewed people who witnessed, book writers and documentary filmmakers from the Phoenix Lights.

Phoenix Forgotten

Phoenix Forgotten tells the story of three teens who went into the desert shortly after the incident, hoping to document the strange events in their town.

They disappeared that night and, consequently, were never seen again.

On the twentieth anniversary of their disappearance, unseen footage has finally been discovered, chronicling the final hours of their fateful expedition.

For the first time, the truth will be revealed…


  • Genres: Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi
  • Time: 80 min.
  • Release: April 21, 2017
  • Production Companies: Cinelou Films, Scott Free Productions
  • Director: Justin Barber
  • Writer: T.S. Nowlin
  • Produced: Wes Ball, Mark Canton, David Hopwood, Ridley Scott, T.S. Nowlin, Courtney Solomon
  • Music: Mondo Boys
  • Cinematography: Jay Keitel
  • Film Editing: Joshua Rosenfield
  • Production Design: Todd Fjelsted
  • Art Direction: Drew Bender, Caity Birmingham
  • Set Decoration: Vanessa Lin
  • Costume Design: Aggie Guerard Rodgers
  • Special Effects: Territory Studio (VFX)


  • Matt Biedel (Dan)
  • Hector Luis Bustamante (Air Force Guard)
  • Ana Dela Cruz (Luisa)
  • Mackenzie Firgens (Newscaster)
  • Florence Hartigan (Sophie)
  • Jeanine Jackson (Melissa)
  • Clint Jordan (Steve)
  • Chelsea Lopez (Ashley)
  • Justin Matthews (Mark)
  • Cynthia Quiles (News Reporter)
  • Luke Spencer Roberts (Josh)
  • Cyd Strittmatter (Caroline)

Watch Trailer – Phoenix Forgotten

Images from Phoenix Forgotten

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The Director – Justin Barber

Justin Barber is a commercial director and VFX artist in Los Angeles. Phoenix Forgotten is his first movie in theaters.

He previously produced “Medicine for Melanc,” ly,” directed by Barry Jenkins. Also, Justin Barber is a partner in the commercial production company Strike Anywhere.

He is also a Florida State University School of Motion Picture Arts graduate.

The Producers

The film has sci-fi movie moguls among their producers, most noteworthy Sir Ridley Scott (“Alien,” “The Martian”), Wes Ball (“The Mazer Runner,” “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials,” “Maze Runner: The Death Cure”), and Mark Canton (“300”, “300: Rise of an Empire”).

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