Google Hangouts On Air Live Wednesday October 18th at 8:00PM to 10:00PM EST (GMT-4)
Alejandro Rojas with UFO Updates, and guests, Salma Seddick (Ariel School Incident Witness) and filmmaker, Randall Nickerson join us to talk about the incident, and the film, Ariel Phenomenon.
What happens when you see something so extraordinary that no one believes you? Filmmaker Randall Nickerson is exploring this question through his upcoming feature-length documentary, Ariel Phenomenon. The film explores an event in 1994 when sixty school children claim to have seen an unusual space craft land near their primary school in Ruwa, Zimbabwe and witnessed an incredible event that, to this day, they can hardly comprehend themselves.
Nickerson has become the foremost investigator into this unusual event. After eight years of investigative journalism, filming, and editing, the project has momentum to reach completion by the spring of 2018. The film seeks to change the conversation about a topic that is often taboo by highlighting the struggle with the stigma that the witnesses still struggle with from this event.
YouTube Live Streamed Wednesday August 16th NOTE TIME CHANGE: 9:00PM to 11:00PM EST (GMT -4)
News with Alejandro Rojas, check out the stories at OpenMinds.tv
MJ Banias is a writer, blogger, and theorist with a background in Critical Theory, History, and Cultural Studies who critically and philosophically examines the weird, the strange and the anomalous. He was a former field investigator with MUFON, has been featured on multiple podcasts, and contributes to Mysterious Universe and RoguePlanet. His work is also featured in a new book entitled UFOs: Reframing the Debate.
YouTube Live Stream Wednesday, April 19th at 8:00PM to 9:00PM EST
News with Alejandro Rojas, check out the stories at OpenMinds.tv
Film director Justin Barber discussing behind the scenes of the new film, Phoenix Forgotten, based on the Phoenix Lights, March 13, 1997. Then, Open Lines.
Justin Barber is a commercial director and VFX artist in Los Angeles. Phoenix Forgotten is his first feature. He previously produced Medicine for Melancholy, directed by Barry Jenkins, and is a partner in the commercial production company, Strike Anywhere. He is a graduate of the Florida State University School of Motion Picture Arts.
YouTube Live Stream Wednesday, April 5th at 8:00PM to 10:00PM EST
News, with Jordan Boneparte, check out the stories at (Alejandro out sick) OpenMinds.tv
Ryan Sprague is a professional playwright & screenwriter in New York City. He is also an investigative journalist specializing in the topic of UFOs. He has written for numerous publications, including Omni, Open Minds Magazine, Phenomena Magazine, and UFO Truth Magazine. Speaking on the UFO topic, he has been featured on ABC News, Fox News, and The Science Channel, and is a regular on The Travel Channel’s Mysteries at the Museum. He is also the co-host for both the Into the Fray & UFOmodPOD podcasts. His first book, ‘Somewhere in the Skies: A Human Approach to an Alien Phenomenon’, is now available via Richard Dolan Press. More info can be found at: www.somewhereintheskies.com
RON WESTRUM is emeritus professor of Sociology at Eastern Michigan University, holding an honors B.A. from Harvard in Social Relations and a Ph.D from the University of Chicago in Sociology. Dr. Westrum is a specialist on the sociology of science and technology, and has written books such as Technologies and Society: The Shaping of People and Things (1991), as well as Sidewinder: Creative Missile Design at China Lake (1999). He has written numerous articles on the sociology of hidden events, and is currently working on a book on anomalies and society, showing that events contradicting prevailing scientific doctrines can face significant hurdles even when evidence for them is strong. He has been a consultant for NASA, for the National Research Council, and also for the Mutual UFO Network.
In 1994, Dr John Mack and research associate Dominique Callimanopulos traveled to Zimbabwe to research one of the most extraordinary group sightings of a UFO in recent times. At the Ariel School in Ruwa, Zimbabwe, 60 children reported seeing a landed UFO during recess. In 2007, Dominique Callimanopulos and Randall Nickerson began production of an edited video program presenting John Mack’s interviews with the schoolchildren and faculty. The film became a consuming passion of Nickerson’s, and he spent 9 months in Africa to broaden the scope of the film far beyond our initial expectations, discovering new witnesses that corroborate the students’ accounts. He is now editing, after returning from a follow-up visit to Africa in 2009, and visits with the now-adult children in 2010.
Peter has had an active interest in the UFO phenomenon from his early boyhood. He experienced his first UFO sighting over the St. Louis municipal airport in the summer of 1954, and he investigated his first UFO case during the summer of 1965 in Exeter, New Hampshire. Peter has also served as the director of investigations for the Washington Chapter of the Mutual UFO Network.
Noe Torres – author, publisher, UFO investigator, and MUFON member in Texas. Noe is the author of Ultimate Guide to the Roswell UFO Crash, and a number of other books related to the UFO phenomenon. Noe holds a Bachelor’s in English and a Master’s in Library Science from the University of Texas at Austin. With California UFO researcher Ruben Uriarte, he has written three books: Mexico’s Roswell: The Chihuahua UFO Crash, The Other Roswell: UFO Crash on the Texas-Mexico Border, and Aliens in the Forest: The Cisco Grove UFO Encounter. His 2011 book Fallen Angel: UFO Crash Near Laredo, Texas was unveiled at the first-annual Laredo UFO Conference.
With Roswell historian John LeMay, Noe wrote The Real Cowboys & Aliens: UFO Encounters of the Old West. He also served as editor and publisher of the books Roswell USA by John LeMay, Roswell Alien Autopsy by Philip Mantle, and Russia’s Roswell Incident by Paul Stonehill and Philip Mantle.
I’ve been working as a city reporter since 1997, covering every facet of city life—particularly crime, cops, courts, politics and education—for alt. weeklies in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, culminating in an ongoing relationship with Philadelphia Magazine, one of the last city magazines in America focused on doing real journalism. I am happy to say I start back there, full time, in July. To learn just a little bit more about me (I promise, just a little bit), and why I chose to call this blog The Generalist.