Filmmakers document strange events in 'Bridgewater Triangle'
The Hockomock Swamp is at the heart of the Bridgewater Triangle -- a roughly 200-square-mile section of southeastern Massachusetts bounded by Abington to the north, Freetown to the southeast and Rehoboth to the southwest.
Over hundreds of years, reportedly strange things have taken place here. Whether you believe or not, it's at the core of the experiences that are said to have happened.
"You've got cryptic animal sightings, UFO sightings, pukwudgie sightings, Native American folklore, geologic mysteries," said Aaron Cadieux, co-director of "The Bridgewater Triangle," the first full-length documentary about the place.
Thunderbirds, Bigfoot and some links made to the betrayal of trust by the English settlers.
The two local men who made the film grew up with the fascination of the stories from the forest.
"I remember hearing from a family friend about strange things happening over Lake Nippenicket and in the town that I was living in -- East Bridgewater," said co-director Manny Famolare.
In two "Freaky Friday" stories, NBC 10 documented the first-hand UFO experience by two WHDH radio reporters on Route 24 in March 1979. They recount their tale in the film.
As pointed out in the documentary, UFO sightings in West Bridgewater date back to 1908, just a couple miles here from Route 24, this time, on Main Street.
"A ball of light seen up above the sky that was making movements unlike nothing they had ever seen before," Famolare said.
"What is it that's driving this? If it's not paranormal, than what is it?" Cadieux said.
The legend of the redheaded hitchhiker of Route 44, the cult activity. It's all laid out here in "The Bridgewater Triangle" with a healthy dose of skepticism.
"We're not trying to convince anybody that any of this stuff is real. We just let the eyewitnesses tell their stories, backed up by expert testimonial, and it's up to the viewer to make their determination of whether anything is legitimate about the Bridgewater Triangle," Cadieux said.
Thoroughly entertaining, and it leaves you wondering.
The world premiere of the documentary "The Bridgewater Triangle" is at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday with an hour meet-and-greet, the showing of the film, followed by a question-and-answer period.
Tickets are $10.