KINGMAN - A Tempe filmmaker is close to wrapping up production on a dramatic feature film based on the so-called "chemtrail" conspiracy that has gained traction over the past few years. The film may also contain footage from a June forum in Kingman hosted by state Sen. Kelli Ward, R-Lake Havasu City.
"Poison Sky," written and directed by Steve Wargo, follows Dr. David Gibson (Tyler Gallant) as he is pulled into an investigation while spending some time with his fiancée Samantha Grey (Nicole A. Randall) in a small Arizona town.
When people start coming forward with a similar medical condition, David and his fiancée start investigating and discover a much larger conspiracy involving a secret society with ties to governments around the world.
Wargo's past films include "Roman's Road" (2013), "The Hoax" (2005), and "The Controller" (2008). These films, including "Poison Sky," were filmed under Wargo's film company, SWAT HD LLC.
Writing on the film started as early as 2000.
"Tony Kyle [a friend] called me on the phone and said I should listen to Coast to Coast talk about chemtrails," says Wargo. "It originally started as a parody, but we built it as a serious script."
After many years on the back burner, Wargo approached the script again with the help of Diane Dresback, a writer whose credits include Wish Inc.
"We based the story in Prescott and spent three weekends shooting," he said. "I wanted to make it much more real. Kevin Sorbo [actor, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys] approached me as well and we shot a few hours with him in San Diego."
Wargo describes the film as a "docu-drama based on a true theory."
"Poison Sky" will feature Screen Actor's Guild talent and uses a Writer's Guild of America writer, Julianna Feher. Wargo has a handful of scenes to complete and the film is slated for release in October. Distribution rights are still currently in negotiation. Wargo also plans on having showings in Mohave County once the film is complete.
Wargo's film team was at Ward's forum in June to gather footage for his film.
"It wasn't planned, but we acquired it. Now that we have it, we may refer to it," he said. "I don't need her permission, but we plan on showing her the clip and the context it's in. We also may approach her for an interview if the film calls for it."
As for "chemtrails" - actually condensations trails, or con-trails, which are a common byproduct of airplane engine exhaust - Wargo said he believes the idea that the trials are spreading substances that make people ill.
"I want people to look up and see what's going on," he said. "I've looked at them all my life. They're different now. It's startling. I didn't believe it either. I had to be convinced, and it took a long time to convince me that it was true."
Ward said she hasn't received a written request about the footage from the hearing.
"As a public figure, a release from me may not be necessary," she said. "I do not know if others attending the meeting have been asked to sign a release."
Those who promote the "chemtrail" theory say the cloud-like trials consist of biological or chemical agents deliberately sprayed by governments or other organizations to harm the public for their own self-serving purposes.
The scientific community has widely and frequently dismissed these arguments, stating that these trails are strictly condensation trails created when hot humid air mixes with the colder air at higher altitudes.
A 2000 report by several government agencies - including the Environmental Protection Agency, the Federal Aviation Administration, NASA, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - declared that "contrails are composed primarily of water (in the form of ice crystals) and do not post health risks to humans."
The U.S. Air Force issued its own 2005 report, which flatly states: "There is no such thing as a 'chemtrail.' "