Vail Symposium film series: ‘Third Eye Spies’ details psychic spies used in Cold War |

Vail Symposium film series: ‘Third Eye Spies’ details psychic spies used in Cold War

Katie Coakley
Special to the Daily
"Third Eye Spies" is a documentary feature film telling the story of physicist Russel Targ and his Cold War psychic spies. Director Lance Mungia will be attending the Vail Symposium screening and will answer questions after the show.
Special to the Weekly |


What: Vail Symposium Summer Film Series: “Third Eye Spies.”

Where: Little Beach Park, Minturn.

When: Wednesday, Aug. 30. Park opens at 7 p.m..; Movie begins at dark.

Cost: Free.

More information: Visit or call 970-476-0954.

MINTURN — It may sound like the plot to a sci-fi movie, but this is definitely reality.

Today, the Vail Symposium is screening a first look at “Third Eye Spies,” a documentary feature film that tells the story of physicist Russel Targ and his Cold War psychic spies.

Little Beach Park in Minturn opens at 7 p.m. and the film will start when it gets dark.


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Here’s what happened: For more than 20 years, the CIA used psychic abilities operationally in a top secret spy program. You paid for it, and now award-winning director Lance Mungia thinks you deserve to know about it.

After an experiment in psychic abilities at Stanford Research Institute accidentally reveals classified intelligence at a top secret NSA site, the two physicists behind it all are co-opted by the CIA and the amazing work of their psychic spies is silenced by the demands of “national security.”

When America’s greatest psychic spy dies mysteriously and is accused of treason, it spurs program co-founder Russell Targ to fight to get their work declassified — even if it means going directly to his former enemies in the Soviet Union, to Wall Street and beyond to prove the reality of ESP.


“Third Eye Spies” is the true story of physicist Russell Targ, his Cold War psychic spies and his fight to bring this information public with evidence presented by a Nobel Laureate, an Apollo astronaut and many formerly undercover military “remote viewers” and scientists that worked extensively for the U.S. Intelligence community.

This is the first time that they’ve been able to speak and it’s all on film.

Consisting of compellingly cinematic re-enactments of actual remote viewings done at Stanford Research Institute for intelligence agencies, amazing new data retrieved from recently declassified documents via Freedom of Information Act and more than 30 interviews with every top player involved and how those discoveries are being used today, “Third Eye Spies” not only demonstrates the evidence for extrasensory perception, but also reveals a unique and unsung chapter of American history.


In true Vail Symposium fashion, director Lance Mungia will be attending the screening and will answer questions after the show.

As he’s still in the process of completing the film, the audience will be part of a “final screening test.”

Arrive early, and bring your blanket and chairs. There will be a food vendor and $3 beer for sale from Crazy Mountain Brewing Co.

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