Documentary films can create awareness and clarity about misunderstood subjects, especially if they tell a common story in an uncommon way. Telling stories that have been told numerous times before rarely gets more than the choir’s attention, especially when the subject matter is unconventional. And even though Stan Romanek‘s alien abduction story is unique for numerous reasons, to many, it is “just another alien abduction story” lumped with thousands of others. And given the way Stan’s story has been portrayed in the media and on the web, they’d be right. Just Google “alien abduction” and you’ll get 2.74 million results! What if you Google “Stan Romanek”? More than 90,000 results. Just a tad overwhelming, huh?
As I learned many years ago in journalism school, “dog bites man” is not a news story, but “man bites dog” is.
Stan’s story, when lumped in with all the other alien abduction stories — and without context — is a “dog bites man” story. You could spend weeks falling down the Internet rabbit hole when researching alien abduction cases. There are thousands of them.
But how many of them spend time talking about how the abduction experience has impacted the individual? How it has changed his or her life, both positively and negatively? How it has affected them mentally, spiritually, politically? How it has affected his or her ability to interact with others? How it has challenged friendships and family relationships? Not much of this kind of info is readily available about Stan or any other experiencer.
We want to change that.
We want to tell a human story where man survives by overcoming all odds and is transformed in the process. People who have alien abduction experiences are no different from me or you — before their experiences. That’s the journey we want to take people on; the one that takes you into the lives of those most affected by experiences they had no choice in or control over.
The story we’re going to tell is unlike any other UFO abduction story because the emphasis will be on the people experiencing the events rather than just the events themselves. We’re coming from the POV that the events happened as Stan relates them, and we’ll spend time exploring what they have done to the individuals experiencing the phenomena.
The transformation of a humanity is just as much a part of the story as the evidence is. There is no doubt in our minds that this documentary film will be one of the very, very few “man bites dog” stories in the UFO and alien abduction film genre.