Extraordinary: The Seeding … Deeper Down the Rabbit Hole

j3FILMSWhen so many people reached out to us after watching our first film, Extraordinary: The Stan Romanek Story, we realized it was mission accomplished. We knew it would be a polarizing film simply because of the subject matter, but as filmmakers, our goal from the beginning was to present the story (and evidence) in an objective manner so viewers could make up their own minds as to whether or not they believed the story to be true. We also wanted to provide the nudge that would compel people to at least consider the possibilities. Do extraterrestrial beings exist? And if they do, are they abducting humans for some kind of experimental purpose?

We didn’t make the film for true believers or hard-core skeptics; it was made for those who live somewhere in the middle, in the space where most of us reside – a place where healthy skepticism and childlike curiosity constantly co-mingle. We made it for those who aren’t afraid to ask the questions: Who are we? Why are we here? What don’t we know about the universe that surrounds us?

Most importantly, we wanted to tell a story about what it is to be human. Regardless of whether or not you believe in UFOs and/or alien contact, there are tens of thousands of people across the planet who have had UFO-related encounters and been profoundly affected by them. By telling their stories, our hope is that others can be empathetic to their experiences.

With the success of the first film, we were asked by The Orchard, our distributor partner in L.A., to create more content. We told them there was more to this story and that we would like to go deeper down the rabbit hole to tell it. Our second film, Extraordinary: The Seeding, is the result of these efforts. The film is a logical progression from where the first one took us, akin to continuing to put the pieces of a complex puzzle together. If aliens do exist and they are abducting humans for experimental reasons, what exactly do these experiments entail and why are they conducting them?

Over the years, as we’ve researched these strange phenomena, we’ve come across many individuals who claim to have been abducted by extraterrestrials. In particular, women have come forward and shared what they describe as abductions followed by pregnancies that can’t be explained and that end in strange miscarriages where the fetus simply disappears. In many of these cases, they describe another abduction a few years later during which they are shown their “hybrid” children on board alien craft.

Without exception, these women are sincere and credible; they hesitate to come forward with their stories out of fear of being ridiculed and having to relive the nightmare. In all cases, their lives are changed forever. Sometimes relationships are destroyed, as are careers, but many of these courageous individuals manage to come out on the other side stronger and with a keen sense of purpose. And some even become voices for those who are still struggling in silence with the fear and trauma.

We, the filmmakers, have become more open-minded and understanding as a result of making this second installment in the Extraordinary series. We originally set out to find as much tangible “evidence” as we could, and while this is most certainly critical when it comes to validating the reality of these strange phenomena, our main goal as filmmakers is to share human experiences. Our true gift in sharing this story is introducing you to the experiencers themselves – the individuals who go to work every day, love their families and otherwise live like the rest of us, but who have been touched by something so extraordinary as to have been profoundly touched by it forever.

As Extraordinary: The Seeding gets set to premiere at the Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLIFF) on November 17, 2018, our hope is that it resonates with viewers like our first film did, and that it also compels them to feel a little more compassion and empathy for the individuals who are trying to cope with their extraordinary experiences.

Paranormal investigators must be driven to seek the truth

We live in a nation of habitual skeptics and cynics. With more and more people becoming disillusioned with our financial markets, government policies and overall leadership, it’s no wonder people don’t have much faith in the institutions that have defined our society for centuries. With so much disharmony in the physical world, people have turned inward to find answers, searching for more soulful, less conventional solutions to correct the ills of humanity. The truth is, as hardened and skeptical as people have become, the need for spiritual enlightenment has never been greater.

But what does this mean for paranormal investigators, who find themselves on the front lines of this quest for the ultimate truth? Over the years, I’ve been fortunate enough to have worked with some of the most dedicated researchers in the fields associated with “high strangeness.”

“Tenacity” is the best way to describe how they go about their business, turning over every stone to find answers that never come easily. They are rarely, if ever, satisfied and constantly questioning the often ignorant explanations of others. They are driven, perhaps because they were touched by something out of the ordinary, or simply because they feel the primal desire to explore and search for answers that are often beyond human understanding.

They also do their own research and take nothing at face value because they understand most people are motivated to do and say things based on fear, ego and insecurity. We’ve learned while working on the Stan Romanek documentary that almost every person who is witness to UFO phenomena is deemed either crazy or an outright liar, out to somehow secure fame and fortune. But when you actually take the time to do your own investigative work, you find that this is almost never the case. Most witnesses are down-to-earth individuals who would have preferred not to have had the frightening and life-altering experiences in the first place.

Ghost Soldiers of GettysburgIn a book I co-authored with Patrick Burke, “Ghost Soldiers of Gettysburg,” we document our paranormal experiences on the famous — and very haunted — Civil War battlefield. Our goal: Present every piece of evidence in an objective manner. We include relevant details of the battle and explore theories that might explain what happened. We provide depth of information, all presented clearly and logically. Most importantly, we leave it up to the readers to draw their own conclusions.

This should be the goal of every paranormal investigator, writer or producer who documents his or her research and shares it with others. After all, we can best serve our audience by providing a spark and encouraging them to search for their own answers.

Unfortunately, with the explosion of paranormal “investigative” programming on television, many people now look at “ghost hunting” as an opportunity for fame, fortune and celebrity, which, in turn, further tarnishes what could and should be a viable and serious form of scientific exploration. When you weed through the wannabes, who are more concerned with melodramatic television moments, and get to the core scientific experts and conscientious investigators, you’ll find people who truly understand the value of investigating the unexplainable in an effort to seek truth.

It’s why we do what we do. And you can rest assured that we will be looking for answers not spotlights.