UPDATE, 30 MARCH 2011
The IndieGoGo campaign will go Live this Saturday, April 2.Sometime next week, Redstar Films will be launching the IndieGoGo community fundraising campaign for the sequel to Best Evidence: Top 10 UFO Sightings. I'll post the notice and links here, and I hope everyone who has enjoyed either Best Evidence or my work elsewhere will join the "team" and support this new venture, that is being co-produced by myself and Tim Binnall.
For the moment, here is the write-up that will appear at IndieGoGo.
In 2007, we made Best Evidence: Top 10 UFO sightings, a 48 minute documentary for television in Canada and New Zealand that provided a look at 10 of the “best evidence” UFO cases in history, as chosen by some of the world’s leading UFO researchers, including Stanton Friedman, Kevin Randle, Brad Sparks, Don Ledger, Nick Pope, Nick Redfern, Dr. Bruce Maccabee, Chris Styles, Chris Rutkowski, Joel Carpenter, the late Richard Hall, the late Mac Tonnies, the late Karl Pflock, and many others. Each researcher had submitted their top ten list, which were then averaged together to come up with the top 10 cases.
On-line community-based fundraising is all the rage these days in my industry. It will be interesting to see if it works for a film about the UFO phenomenon.This was just the tip of the iceberg, however – there were over 50 other top cases that received votes. Taking all of these cases together, one is left with an irrefutable case for the objective reality of the UFO phenomenon, and that was the purpose of Best Evidence – not to provide answers, but to show, once and for all and beyond any reasonable doubt, that something still unexplained has been happening in the skies above us for a very long time.
Best Evidence, however, was just the first part of a two part series. It was meant to establish the foundation from which one could ask the most important question. As my old friend, the late Mac Tonnies, stated at the end of Best Evidence: "what does it all mean?"
Beyond Best Evidence: The UFO Enigma is a one hour documentary that will take the cases shown in Best Evidence, as well as a couple of new ones that highlight what appear to be some of the more "high strangeness" aspects of the phenomenon, and explore with the three key possible explanations with world's leading experts on the subject, as follows:
1. Extraterrestrial Hypothesis - This explanation maintains that UFO sightings represent proof of visitation to Earth by advanced extraterrestrials from another world, most likely within what proponents term of "local galactic neighbourhood."
2. Interdimensional Hypothesis - This explanation maintains that UFO sightings involve visitations from other "realities" or "dimensions" that co-exist alongside our own. It also holds that UFOs are a modern manifestation of a phenomenon that has occurred throughout recorded human history, which in prior ages were ascribed to mythological or supernatural forces and creatures.
3. Psychosocial hypothesis - This explanation maintains that UFO Sightings can be explained by psychological or social means, examples of which include wishful thinking, hallucinations, hoaxes, and misidentification of prosaic objects, such as satellites, aircraft, or natural phenomena.
What We Need &What You Get
Beyond Best Evidence is a one hour long documentary that is being made independent of the mainstream broadcast system, so that we'll have the editorial freedom to explore any and possibilities about the UFO phenomenon without having to conform to network requirements to create "reality-based TV", which never has anything to do with actual reality.
The film is being financed using a combination of funding sources - community fundraising, Redstar Film's own production and post-production resources, federal and provincial film tax credits here in Canada, and private investment. Every dollar raised will be going directly into the production of the film.
Once the film is completed, it will be submitted to film festivals around the world, and will be immediately available on DVD and through various on-line distribution outlets. Television sales will follow.
There are two ways to become involved in the making of Beyond Best Evidence.
The first way is to join the team by making a donation, at one of the levels we've created, each of which includes various perks that we're making available. The perks start with discounts on the purchase of the DVD, and go from there to include all sorts of other cool stuff.
The second way to join the team is to invest in the film. For more information on investing, contact Paul Kimball directly at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other Ways You Can Help
If you can't donate to the financing of Beyond Best Evidence but believe the project is important, we would really appreciate it if you could spread the word to your friends through Twitter, Facebook, message forums you may participate in, and any other social media that you might use and think appropriate.
The more people to share Beyond Best Evidence: The UFO Enigma with the better. We've taken the first step in this journey of discovery about the UFO phenomenon, and what it might mean for all of us, with Best Evidence, and now we're eager to build upon that foundation with an entire community of supporters who share our vision, and our commitment to making a truly independent and thought-provoking documentary about what the UFO phenomenon might actually represent.