Update: Why we’re telling the story we’re telling and why we’re seeking the largest audience possible

First and foremost, we’d like to thank everyone who has been following us on this journey for their support and, most importantly, their patience. This has been a long road for us — three and a half years — and an even longer one for Stan and his family.

I also appreciate all the comments asking for updates on the latest and greatest, for those who have shared their stories and even for those who are pissed off because we’re not further along! As I mentioned in a recent comment response, we have been working diligently in aligning all the pieces in order for the film to be received in the most positive way possible.

I’ve mentioned from time to time in posts and comment responses that we want to make sure this film extends to a larger audience vs. “preaching to the choir.” And I want to make it clear to all what I mean by that. “The choir,” as I see it, are people who are completely tuned into ufology and will watch every movie or show, read every book and visit every website in an effort to learn more. We know this audience is looking forward to this film. We also know this audience occasionally has challenges with friends and family when they share their passion for this subject simply because it’s still considered unconventional and fringe — especially in the U.S.

We also know there are millions of people in the world who are open to UFOs, abductions and alternative theories, yet they don’t go out of their way to find films or shows, read books or visit sites. These are the people we hope to reach because this audience can help raise awareness and consciousness by extending the conversation beyond “the choir.” And, like I said earlier, this is especially true in the U.S.

Believers and experiences alike shouldn’t be viewed as outcasts, whackos or non-conformists for one simple reason: What if UFOs, aliens and all the abduction stories are true? People who believe in the possibility of the unexplainable are no different than those who believed the world was round when the rest of the world believed it was flat. No different than those who believed the Earth revolved around the sun when the rest of the world believed the opposite.

Paradigm shifts require information presented in a way that increases the chance people will challenge their current belief systems. Which is why we’re not out to prove anything with this film. We want audiences to see Stan and Lisa as ordinary people — people just like them — who have been exposed to extraordinary circumstances — circumstances most people wouldn’t wish upon their worst enemies.

Having said all that, we’re planning on finishing the primary edit of the film this month and finalize the master soon after. We really are getting close. After that, we are continuing to explore film festivals and distribution options both domestically and internationally. When it comes to distribution, you only have one chance to do it right. If we were to release the film prematurely, our reach will extend only to the core believers. That is why we are being cautious and diligent in our planning.

One thing we could use, though, is support all over the world from those who do believe and would like nothing more than to have a larger segment of the global population see the UFO experience from a human POV vs. a phenomena one. We’d love to have people on every continent and every country talking about this film via social media and blogs. The best thing you can do now is share our site and Facebook page with people you know and let them know this unique film about a UFO experiencer is coming soon. Point them to the trailer. If we start creating awareness now, the film will be even more successful in reaching a larger audience.

If you’re interested in being a member of our — for lack of a better term — “street team” we’d love to hear from you. We’ll be formalizing a communication process once the film is complete and we know how it’s going to be displayed and/or distributed. If you’re interested, send an email to info@j3films.com and we’ll get you on the list.

Thanks again for your passion, patience and commitment to helping us get the word out. Peace.


26 Responses to Update: Why we’re telling the story we’re telling and why we’re seeking the largest audience possible
  1. Ben
    March 19, 2014 | 2:27 pm

    Aside from the odd one or two rude comments, I have a lot of faith in J3. Yes, it’s been frustrating for us who have been waiting for a good few years, but, i know the end result will be mindblowing! If it takes another year…then so be it. The recent situation with Stan has taken everyone by surprise, and will undoubtedly impact the documentary in one form or another, but to those out there being obnoxious and rude to the guys at J3 – chill out! I’m sure it as frustrating for them too as much as it is for us.

  2. greyman
    March 17, 2014 | 5:04 pm

    ((((((( 2014 ))))) & still no movie or docu ,you guys are are full of cr*8p

    • Jon Sumple
      March 19, 2014 | 1:00 pm

      You are aware the film had four screenings in November at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival and earned Special Jury Prize, right?

  3. Bob
    September 4, 2013 | 3:01 pm

    September now! Is the seismometer picking anything up yet? Its been a while now Jon, forgive my impatience I’m just an avid enthusiast of Stan’s Work/Case.

    • Jon Sumple
      September 19, 2013 | 10:30 am

      Sorry for the delayed response! We had some issues with our site. We just posted the latest — good — news today. The film will be premiering at FLIFF in November!

  4. Isaiah
    August 20, 2013 | 8:09 am

    Hows the film coming? Know its going to be great, Just like the documentery!

    • Jon Sumple
      September 19, 2013 | 10:35 am

      Just found out today that we weren’t getting notifications for comments! Sorry for the delayed response. See today’s post for the latest and greatest — film premiering at a festival!

  5. Jimmy Kowalski
    August 7, 2013 | 11:23 pm

    OK OK OK, we are past mid year 2013….

    And you still haven’t released this doco………..

    So how big of an audience are you looking for?

    A complete waste of hype…..

    • Jon Sumple
      September 19, 2013 | 10:40 am

      Sorry for the delayed response, Jimmy. Just learned this morning that our site was having issues. I’m sure you realize some films take years to make. This one has taken four years. There are lot of reasons for it, too. The biggest one, as we’ve explained before, is this is a passion project that we want to do the right way. We’ve had many obstacles to overcome based on people getting in the way of the film be done the way we wanted it done. That’s all behind us, and we’re moving forward. As for audience, we’re looking for a much bigger audience than the typical film in this genre. The typical film is self distributed and only reaches fans of ufology. We want a much broader audience. And we’ll get it, too, because we’re doing it in a way to protect the story.

  6. Dawn
    August 6, 2013 | 7:56 pm

    Very excited for the release of this film. I believe and support this amazing story and wish you tremendous success. It is time.

    • Jon Sumple
      September 19, 2013 | 10:41 am

      Thanks Dawn! Sorry for the delayed response. We’ve had issues with the site. Please see our post released today for some good news!

  7. Tim
    July 31, 2013 | 12:26 am

    Hey just checking in to see how much longer the release is going to take?

    • Jon Sumple
      September 19, 2013 | 11:12 am

      See today’s blog post for the festival release. Sorry for the delay. Just found out we were having issues with the site!

  8. Jay
    July 12, 2013 | 11:58 am

    Is this dead project?

    • Jon Sumple
      September 19, 2013 | 11:20 am

      No! Sorry for the delay, Jay. We had a bunch of comments that got lost in the system. See today’s post for some good news!

  9. Ben
    June 26, 2013 | 7:49 am

    When will this film come out? It’s been soooooooo long! Any updates? Is there a chance of the film being released on iTunes?

    • Jon Sumple
      September 19, 2013 | 11:24 am

      Ben, we had issues with lost comments, so sorry for the delayed resoonse! See today’s blog post for good news!

  10. Adam
    June 24, 2013 | 3:49 am

    dear jon sumple
    it has been 5 months since your last statement…the longer you leave this movie the hype and momentum will be lost, i think you need to have more faith in Audrey and the others they will also like to see a mass change in consciousness, they will help..please update us on your progress so i and the others can set our hearts at rest, keeping your fans quest for knowledge at bay may grant you more respect and help than expected.

    • Jon Sumple
      September 19, 2013 | 11:28 am

      Adam, apologies for the length of time to get this posted. We had some issues with lost comments that suddenly appeared. See today’s post for some good news!

  11. Dom
    June 1, 2013 | 11:11 am

    Anybody? I thought this would be finalized at the end of april?

  12. Dom
    March 10, 2013 | 4:06 am

    Hey Jon, any updates on the process?

  13. David Hill
    January 25, 2013 | 5:45 pm

    Sitting tight!! We’ve got our fingers crossed in anticipation of a great release. I am sure you’ll give it due diligence when you pick a good release date that doesn’t coincide with another event that could steal the thunder. Best of wishes and warm thoughts on your efforts to convey your hard work and awareness to the rest of the world!

    Might think of a Netflix or a Red Box distribution channel on the side.

  14. chris
    January 10, 2013 | 5:23 pm

    hey guys iam from the uk ive been iching to see this flim on stan romanek is it going to dvd and have you got a release date yet really appreciat it thanks. cant wait!!!!!!!!!

  15. Joe Lopez
    January 8, 2013 | 12:37 pm



  16. Jon Sumple
    January 8, 2013 | 12:15 pm

    Now that the holidays are over, we are back on track. Had additional delays due to the fact I’m from Newtown, CT, and went to Sandy Hook Elementary. It was a shocking and sent me reeling for several days. Made for a rather somber holiday. But, it’s a new year, and time to get this film finished!

  17. Joe Lopez
    January 8, 2013 | 10:38 am

    Hey guys, I was wondering if there are any good news you can tell?!? I would really appreciated!! :)

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