The year is 1961 - Jackie and Terry Bumbry, a mixed race couple, have a paranormal encounter with a bright light in the sky while driving near Mount Shasta. They report their experience to local law enforcement that then brings in a psychologist to assess the situation. But as Jackie tells her story to the doctor she comes to realize that there may be ulterior motives at play.
Producer/Director: Roth Rind, Jay K Raja
Cast: Lauren McFall, Skipper Elekwachi and Ross Turner with Joseph Camilleri, Michael Gwynn, Christopher Pieri and Gabriel Rios
Runtime: 16:57 minutes
Jay K. Raja
Jay K. Raja is a filmmaker born, raised, and based in the San Francisco Bay Area. After graduating from Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film & Television in 2011, his LGBT sci-fi short ‘The Drop’ was nominated by the ASC for their Student Heritage Award and continued onto a successful festival run. Since then, he’s been producing, directing, and writing films, commercials, and music videos as a freelancer and as a team with producing partner Roth Rind. For his own films, Raja has focused on science fiction, using it as a platform to question social norms and dive into interpersonal conflicts. For most of his life, he was staunchly a dog person, although recently has met cats that have changed his views.
‘The Bumbry Encounter’ is inspired by true events that occurred in 1961 America as well as Raja’s interest in the classic pulp science fiction format and how it can explore the challenges that mixed race couples face, both in the past and today. Like ‘The Twilight Zone’ and ‘The Outer Limits’ that preceded it, ‘The Bumbry Encounter’ is a tightly woven and suspenseful tale that asks us to question our personal biases towards others and how shock and trauma can influence them.
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