When Jack Roth brought the idea of a documentary project about this guy in Colorado who had several abduction experiences, I wasn’t exactly champing at the bit to dive in. Seems like yesterday, but it was eight years ago this spring.
It didn’t take long to see the intrigue after Jack passed along a rabbit hole of links about Stan Romanek, which led to several phone calls, a handful of Audrey experiences, visits to Loveland, Colorado, and recognition there was a worthy story to be told.
While Stan’s evidence was voluminous and jaw-dropping, I was just as fascinated by the emotional story and the struggle to overcome obstacles and constant ridicule. I kept asking myself “Who would willingly choose to be publicly chastised the way Stan is?” He’s just an ordinary guy facing extraordinary circumstances. This human element made Stan’s experiences accessible to everyone, and intensified our desire to reach the widest audience possible.
Now we can.
After the trials and tribulations associated with Stan’s arrest in 2014, we saw the distribution door slam shut, forcing us into self-distribution mode. Fast forward to January 2017 and The Orchard‘s passionate desire to exclusively represent the film for global distribution pushed the door wipe open.
The journey has been long, challenging, frustrating, disappointing and enlightening. But we never gave up on the goal to reach the widest audience possible.
Today, that goal is a possibility with the worldwide launch of extraordinary: the stan romanek story. This film is now available on an expansive list of digital distribution platforms – iTunes, Google Play, Amazon Instant Video, XBox, Hulu, VUDU, PlayStation Video, Vimeo and on-demand video from a variety of cable providers. It’s now out there for all to see, if they so choose.
We understand this is a polarizing subject, and we know we’ll see our fair share of ridicule, too. We also know the film will open eyes, stimulate conversation and have many people wondering:
I first read Behold a Pale Horse by William Cooper about 12 years ago, and I remember having to put it down several times … not because it wasn’t compelling, but because it was too compelling. It forced me to think about such unsettling scenarios that even I — an open-minded journalist who is always searching for the truth —got sick to my stomach considering Cooper’s implications. If he was telling the truth, it would turn reality on its head. History, as we were taught and thought we knew, would become a fairytale — a blatant lie perpetrated by a group of very powerful, malevolent individuals who would go to any lengths to manipulate and control the vast majority of human beings.
We’ve all heard about the Illuminati and other secret organizations that are the true power brokers of the world. Conspiracy theories rule the day, as many of us try to figure out why things are so rotten on this planet and how it got this way. And when our leaders fail to use logic and rational thinking to make things better, we start to consider that much more sinister motives might dictate certain political agendas. Yet for the most part, the answer is pretty straightforward. Politics is politics, and most politicians today are simply too beholden to special interest groups to do the right thing anymore.
But below this incompetence and general lack of leadership lies something entirely different and more sinister. It’s the idea of a reality so nightmarish that most of us would prefer to bury our heads in the sand then confront it, despite compelling evidence to its existence. After all, wouldn’t you rather watch Dancing with the Stars than think about the possibility that a New World Order actually exists, one in which an elite few rule over the huddled masses? Better to consume yourself with your uninspiring job than consider the possibility that not only are UFOs real, but that the aliens who pilot them are as self-serving as these egomaniacal power brokers. Most people would prefer Hollywood gossip to that harsh reality any day of the week. After all, ignorance is bliss.
And then there are the few who have the courage to speak the truth.
A government whistleblower, Cooper was a true insider, a former U.S. Intelligence Briefing Team member. In Behold a Pale Horse, he shares information that still remains hidden from both the general public and government officials who don’t have a top-secret clearance level high enough. From government conspiracies to massive cover-ups regarding the JFK assassination, the war on drugs, the shadow government and UFOs, Cooper leaves no stone unturned. He names names and provides specific, detailed information that only an insider would be privy to.
What really struck me was how open Cooper was about his own life being in danger. He knew that many of the people and agencies he mentioned in his book wanted him dead, and he also knew it was only a matter of time before they were successful in silencing him. He told his family and friends that he would never commit suicide and that if he was ever found dead with a suicide note next to him, not to believe the official cause of his death. How heroic, I thought, to anger people with the power to end your life so easily.
Over the years, Behold a Pale Horse became one of those books that I relegated to my subconscious, not wanting to think about it too much because of its disturbing message. When j3FILMS became involved in the Stan Romanek documentary three years ago, my interest in UFOs and extraterrestrials was rekindled. I began researching the subject in earnest and naturally came back to Cooper and his book. Specifically, I wanted to know what trouble he was stirring up lately. You can only imagine my shock when, after a brief search on the Internet, I came upon the news that Cooper had been killed by sheriff’s deputies during a raid on his home in Arizona in November 2001.
The man who predicted several times over the years that he was going to be killed by law enforcement officials was dead … killed by law enforcement officials on his own property. According to conflicting reports, a SWAT team was positioned outside his residence to serve a warrant, allegedly either for aggravated assault or a tax issue. For the sake of our basic freedoms, we can only hope it wasn’t because he was late paying his taxes.
The truth is, it was only a matter of time, and Cooper knew it. In March of 1999, he sent his family out of the United States for their security. He stated, “God bless my family. I love my wife and children more than life itself. Everything I do is for the future of all my children. They may not understand why I have sacrificed so much, why I am so dedicated to this work; but someday they will. I want them to know they are the most important people in my life, and how very, very much I love them.”
In June 2001, he stated on his worldwide shortwave radio show (Hour of the Time) that the United States Government was going to commit a massive terrorist attack on its own people and blame it on Osama Bin Laden. Three months later, he became the Amazing Kreskin, so dead-on accurate with his prediction. It’s no wonder a 1995 White House memo labeled him “the most dangerous radio host in America.”
Two weeks before his death, on a nighttime broadcast simulcast through a number of national radio stations, Cooper put together a press conference where he laid out the structure of this country’s shadow government, tracing its roots to the UFO/alien cover-ups that began in the 1940s and 1950s. He was very concise and explicit, naming names and documentation, offices and meetings from the Eisenhower through the Carter administrations. He literally ripped the lid off the world’s largest cover-up and told his audience that he would probably be killed for doing so. He was.
Was Cooper a difficult man to get along with? Apparently so. Was he the victim of character assassination perpetrated by those who either refused to consider his allegations or simply debunked him? Most definitely. Did he exacerbate his situation by repeatedly saying that he would kill any law enforcement officers who tried to take him? Probably. But what are we left with? A whistleblower who said he was going to be killed for telling the truth about this country’s dark secrets and who was in fact killed in a way that can only be described as dubious. If that’s not a red flag, I don’t know what is.
I didn’t know William Cooper. I’ve yet to meet anybody who knew him. But I know this: He was a brave individual with a strong conviction in his beliefs and the background to make his accusations credible, and he knew he was going to eventually pay for his whistleblowing with his life. He died “for the future of all [his] children,” and the least we can do for ours is listen to what he had to say, regardless of how unsettling that might be.
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.
In 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.
After wrapping up filming on the Stan Romanek , I realized that this story isn’t all about UFOs or alien abductions — although they are definitely a big part of it — but is more about humanity’s unmet potential. It also occurred to me that our goal at j3FILMS isn’t simply to make compelling films, because in order to do so, we have also committed to going down the path of most resistance.
You see, there are two types of people in the world — those who bury their heads in the sand and accept the crummy jobs, bad relationships and inept leadership in their lives because it’s the “easier” thing to do, and those who choose to question our current reality and reach out to others to work for the betterment of the human condition. Sometimes, doing the latter can bring about great frustration and rejection, yet we must remain steadfast because human beings have lost their way.
Unfortunately, we’ve been indoctrinated — by our religious, social and political institutions — into making choices based on ego, fear, selfishness and ignorance. As a race, we have forgotten how connected we are, not only to each other, but to everything in the cosmos. Only when we reach a critical mass of understanding and empowerment will we be able to take the next step in our evolution, thus creating a more utopian society based on love and compassion.
Stan Romanek’s story reveals that humanity has reached a crossroads and that we alone can determine the fate of our planet. All of us at j3FILMS have chosen to go down the road less traveled in order to share this critical message with the world … and we are honored to be doing so.
On Sunday (Sept. 11), I was a guest on ARIRA Radio UFO Live FM. ARIRA — the Aerospace Research Investigation Reporting Agency — is dedicated to research focused on Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP) and other anomalous activity related to UFOs. The topic of Sunday’s two-hour show: the Stan Romanek alien abduction case.
The show’s hosts, Richard Lang and Denise Stoner, were particularly interested in hearing me talk about some of the strange things that the principles of j3FILMS have experienced since becoming involved in this project. Specifically, they wanted to know about Stan Romanek’s abductions, strange phone calls and alien hybrid children. Suffice to say, I gave them everything they wanted and more.
After a brief introduction by Lang, I proceeded to talk — basically uninterrupted — for the entire two-hour block. What’s amazing about this is that the hosts didn’t want me to stop talking. At one point, I actually stopped and asked if they wanted to say anything, but they told me to please continue. They were riveted by what I had to say, which has become typical whenever we talk to people about the Romanek case and our plans for the documentary. According to Lang, it was the “fastest” show they have ever done. I guess that should be expected when UFOs, alien hybrid children, abductions and high strangeness are commonplace within a single case, and believe me, they are the norm with Stan Romanek.
One of the most interesting aspects of working on the Stan Romanek project is that — as we research our subject matter — we begin to gain a better understanding of a truly profound mystery. As we dig deeper into Stan’s case and the alien abduction phenomenon as a whole, we’re collecting an abundance of credible testimony and authoritative research that clarifies and validates the bizarre and life-changing experiences affecting thousands of people across the globe.
The similarities in the encounters described by abductees can’t be ignored. Budd Hopkins, a well-respected researcher and New York Times bestselling author of three seminal books on the UFO abduction phenomenon, has personally investigated hundreds of cases and found that not only are the same things reported again and again, but they’re reported in the same sequence, which makes them very different from a fantasy or hallucination. Most compelling, he cites, is the fact that many of these cases are emerging from remote regions in Zimbabwe, Saudi Arabia, Argentina and New Guinea — places where people are essentially illiterate, isolated and unexposed to other cultural images of UFOs and aliens.
Stan isn’t from a remote village in Siberia, but his experiences fit the abduction pattern and include missing time, strange marks on his body, and blocked memories of being taken aboard a spacecraft and examined by alien-looking creatures. Other aspects of his case go well beyond the “textbook” abduction scenario. The implications of his experiences are staggering and will be explored in detail in the documentary.