Monday, September 21, 2009

Nightmare airs on Space tomorrow!

For any Canadians - The Nightmare (our documentary about Sleep Paralysis) airs on Space : The Imagination Station Tomorrow night!

Tuesday, September 22

9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT – THE NIGHTMARE

Documentary filmmaker, Adam Gray investigates hallucinations experienced during sleep paralysis. Are the they a brush with something beyond our physical world, or a psychological enigma that taps our most primal fears?

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Brothers investigate paranormal occurrences in documentaries

JULY 24, 2008

Coming Soon to a TV near You…

Brothers investigate paranormal occurrences in documentaries

If it’s spooky, psychic, or comes from another planet, Belleville’s Gray brothers are interested.
Adam and Andrew Gray run Graymatters Video Productions. They’ve just received the green light to create four documentaries for Vision TV.
All delve into the unexplained: psychic spying, a famous alien abduction and the legend surrounding Mayan crystal skulls.
“It’s pretty exciting,” said Adam Gray. “The coolest thing is making your living coming up with ideas to do weird things.”
“Plus we get to go to Vegas,” Drew added.
Last March, their first original broadcast program, a documentary called The Nightmare, aired on Vision TV. It’s to air again on Space: The Imagination Station, which also funded its production.
The one-hour program investigated a phenomenon called sleep paralysis, a controversial condition experienced by Adam and one which has many mythological and spiritual interpretations worldwide.
Joan Jenkinson, Vision TV’s director of independent production, soon expressed interest in a half-hour version of The Nightmare. It and the three new films must be completed by Dec. 1.
Jenkinson said the new pitches were a “perfect fit” for her 13- episode series, which has a working title of “Do You Believe?”
“It was a no-brainer,” said Jenkinson, praising the brothers’ approach.
“They’re a delight. They’re very professional in their attitude, but more than that, they have very creative minds,” she said. “They know how to tell a story. It’s a great relationship.”
The globe-trotting shows will have an element of adventure and, while it sounds like fun, the brothers are preparing for some very intense work.
“It’s incredibly stressful putting these pitches together,” said Drew, noting they’ll be interviewing at least 25 people in several countries in August and September. Most of the work will be done by the brothers alone.
“In order to make a go of it we pretty much have to do everything,” Drew said.
But they will have some help, all of it with a local connection.
Adam’s brother-in-law, Rob Spence of Belleville, created the film Let’s All Hate Toronto and worked on The Nightmare. He rejoins the brothers as director of photography. Cousin Sean Fritz produced The Nightmare’s sound-track and is also returning.
Film producer Paul Stephens is based in the Greater Toronto Area but owns property north of Belleville. Another Nightmare crew member, he said he’s glad to be involved in another Graymatters project.
“They remind me of myself when I was younger,” Stephens said with a chuckle. “They’ve got real talent.
“I do mostly feature films, so to do a documentary is really refreshing,” he said. “I’m hoping these new three will lead to new frontiers for us.”
Each of the programs deals with vastly different — and unusual — material.
Despite its timing, the Grays’ show 13 skulls wasn’t inspired by the current hit film Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
“We can’t get Harrison Ford. We’ll use the Gray brothers,” joked Jenkinson.
Adam said he’s long been interested in the story of the life-size quartz skulls which during the 19th Century were found in Central American ruins.
Legends say Mayan priests — who it’s believed did not even have the tools to craft such perfect objects — used the skulls to heal, talk to spirits and kill. At least one culture continues to worship them.
“It’s a crazy story, one that’s very hard to believe,” said Drew. “But it’s a mystery that can’t really be solved. There are other theories they were created by a higher intelligence.”
“And the most popular theory is that they’re all faked — which is still an interesting story,” added Adam.
The film will follow archaeologist Joel Palka as he treks to ruined Mayan cities, trying to uncover if the skulls are indeed Mayan or an elaborate hoax.
Psychic Spies, meanwhile, features science writer Jeff Warren and his exploration of clairvoyance, the ability to see things at a distance. Remote viewing was even studied by the United States government in a secret project known as Stargate, an attempt to match Cold War Soviet efforts to use psychics as spies.
Warren will watch psychics at work and try to learn the skill himself through a course in Las Vegas. Skeptic James “Amazing” Randi will try to debunk the practice by using trickery to duplicate remote viewing.
In Alien Memory Syndrome, the brothers take on the 1961 case of Betty and Barney Hill. Drew said it is has all the elements of a classic alien abduction.
“They’re in a car; a white light’s following them; it stops them on the road — all the imagery we’ve seen a thousand times.”
The Hills’ niece, Kathleen Marden, will serve as investigator. She’s spent 15 years researching it. Drew said it’s “one of the more authentic accounts” because there is physical evidence that something strange happened to the couple.
The series will air in January, though airdates for specific episodes are not yet known.

Paranormal Brothers And The Crystal Skulls

The Intelligencer 06/15/2009 by Luke Hendry

They say some of the skulls aren’t the Mayan artifacts they’re claimed to be, but others aren’t so easily explained.

Belleville,Ontario,Canada – Combine Indiana Jones with The X-Files and you have Belleville’s Gray brothers. Adam, 36, and Andrew Gray, 33, are Belleville natives and filmmakers who have begun to specialize in television programs exploring the unexplained.

Their newest, Supernatural Investigators: Crystal Skulls, is set to air on VisionTV.

It’s one of four documentaries created by the Belleville brothers who last year had their television debut with The Nightmare, also on VisionTV. The hour-long program on the mysterious condition of sleep paralysis was picked up by VisionTV.

The four shows are among 17 to be aired on the channel’s new Supernatural Investigators program. Award-winning science-fiction author Robert J. Sawyer serves as host.

Building on The Nightmare’s success, the brothers pitched three new documentaries to the channel, all of which were approved. Crystal Skulls is the first to air.

“It was a pretty cool adventure,” said Adam Gray who, late last year, traveled with his brother-in-law, cameraman Rob Spence, to film in Mexico and Belize.

Life-size crystal skulls began appearing in Mayan archeological sites in Central America during the 1800s. Mayan legends say they were used by priests to heal, kill and communicate with the spirit world.

But some of the skulls are crafted so perfectly that experts say it would’ve take the Mayans centuries to make them.

The documentary features interviews with experts and tracks archeologist Joel Palka in his search to uncover the truth about the skulls.

One skull, discovered by Anna Mitchell-Hedges during an expedition with her father Mitchell Hedges, remains among the most mysterious of the 10 skulls found to date.

“I actually started off quite skeptical. I liked the story of Mitchell Hedges but thought it was probably a fake,” Adam said, but noted he was forced to reconsider based on information revealed during filming.

Crystal Skulls and the Grays’ other three programs for the series were created under a tight deadline of just a few months.

For the skull shoot, Drew remained in Belleville to continue editing shows while Adam and Spence headed south for a hectic 10-day shoot. “It was an insanely tense and fast-moving trip,” Adam said.

The trip from Mexico to Belize was a 16-hour drive “deeper and deeper into the jungle in a country that doesn’t seem to have any police force,” Adam said.

“I was a little frightened in Belize,” he said.

He recalled arriving at a hotel of sorts deep in the jungle and being chased by a Rottweiler dog. His guide wasn’t of any comfort.

“He said, ‘You know, they could kill us out here and no one would ever know,’” said Adam in a Latin-American accent, chuckling.

That night, he said, “There was about an eight-inch tarantula crawling along the floor beside my bed. Sleeping became very difficult after that.”

He joked that for future films, “We’re not going past Trenton from now on.”

Drew said editing the films was tough because of the deadline and the limit to how much footage could be used.

“You can’t go more than a minute and a half, two minutes with anything,” Drew said. “It doesn’t matter how much you spent to get the footage or how important you thought it was going to be.”

Advance research was key, but the final script can’t be written until the field interviews are complete, he said.

“You try to become an expert before you start shooting, but if you get too cocky you end up writing a bad essay trying to prove your own points,” said Drew.

The Grays’ program on remote viewing airs March 17 and is nearly complete. Editing is underway for White Mountain Abduction, an investigation into the classic alien encounter of Betty and Barney Hill. It airs April 7.

A retooled version of The Nightmare has been delivered to VisionTV and will be broadcast April 14.

Each has music by Belleville’s Sean Fritz, the Grays’ cousin.

The brothers said they’re now discussing unexplained topics for future films, and have created ParaDocs, a production company and joint venture with producer Paul Stephens.

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Synopsis : The White Mountain Abduction

In 1961 Barney and Betty Hill were driving at night through the White Mountains of New Hampshire when they noticed that a bright light in the sky was following them. The light came closer and closer until it blocked the road in front of them. Barney stopped the car, retrieved his pistol and his binoculars from the glove box and got out. The next thing the couple remembered was driving away at top speed, filled with intense fear. When they arrived home they became aware that the “four-hour trip” had inexplicably taken them six hours. Gradually they realized that something had happened during those two hours of missing time. Forty-seven years after the world’s first and most famous abduction case, the Hills’ niece Kathleen Marden continues their investigation into the unknown. With startling physical evidence, hypnosis tapes, and a mysterious interstellar map, Kathleen retraces the journey her aunt and uncle took that night in an attempt to decipher if the Hills were in fact abducted by aliens.

Barney and Betty Hills nephew & niece on the abduction

Clip from The White Mountain Abduction

Who were Betty and Barney Hill?

Another little clip from The White Mountain Abduction

Barney Hill Radio Interview

Here is a clip from The White Mountain Abduction.

This is a radio interview with Barney Hill about his UFO sighting before he recovered the abduction memories.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Video - UFO caught on film in Canadian brothers’ documentary

Here is a clip of the UFO sighting. Just the first few seconds. You have to see the documentary Supernatural Investigator : The White Mountain Abduction for the full deal. Vision TV June 2nd 10:30 here in Ontario, check you local listings where you are. Sorry Canada only folks.

Vision TV link.

Trailer to follow shortly.

Gray brothers.

Friday, May 29, 2009

UFO caught on film in Canadian brothers’ documentary

It may be the first time that a UFO has been captured on video during the making of a UFO documentary. Airing next week on VisionTV’s documentary anthology series “Supernatural Investigator” is the Gray brothers’ latest film, “The White Mountain Abduction”. The subject of the film is Betty & Barney Hill, the first couple to publicly disclose that they were abducted by aliens. While filming at the abduction site in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, on the 47th anniversary of the event, the Gray Brothers caught a real UFO on tape.

The documentary follows Kathleen Marden (the niece of the Hills) and Stanton T. Friedman (Ufologist) as they retrace the route the Hills took that fateful night in 1961. While Marden and Friedman, authors of “Captured: The Betty and Barney Hill UFO Experience” were being interviewed in the woods a series of strange moving lights appeared in the sky behind them. Cameraman and documentary filmmaker Rob Spence (Eyeborg) was on his game that night and managed to perfectly capture the bizarre event on high definition video.

Experts who have analyzed the video have ruled out any known conventional aircraft or natural astrological phenomena. To the Gray brothers what was really amazing was not the UFO itself but the timing “I have never seen anything that I would have called a UFO before, and the first time I do - we are at an abduction site filming our first UFO documentary, and we have Betty Hill’s niece and the world’s most famous Ufologist in the frame watching it! I mean it is just so perfect! We couldn’t believe it. But it happened”, laughed co-director Adam Gray. “I remember the next morning when Stanton showed up for filming and he noticed that his watch had stopped, and for a moment I thought, that’s what happened to the Hills after their encounter!” What the lights were remains a mystery.

“The White Mountain Abduction” is the 4th documentary by filmmakers Adam and Andrew Gray on the paranormal. Their company ParaDocs Productions is the joint effort of the Gray brothers and award-winning producers Paul Stephens and Eric Jordan (Beowulf & Grendel). The team takes an adventurous approach to documentary, traveling the globe exploring mysteries and unexplained phenomena.

Scheduled to air June 2nd at 10:30PM on Vision TV.

The Nightmare Trailer

Nightmare's Happy Ending by Luke Hendry

Here is nice article by Luke Hendry at The Intelligencer about or first Doc last year. What swell guy.

Intelligencer Article March 15 2008
For the Gray brothers, terror has turned out to be a good thing.

Two years ago in the middle of the night, Adam Gray saw a figure in a white shroud at the foot of his bed. "I was quite terrified and I was trying to scream or move," said the Belleville resident, now 35. "I was completely paralyzed, except for my eyes."

The figure raised a hand, and Gray said he felt as though his soul was being pulled out of his body. Gray's wife, Jacqui, was alerted by muffled noise coming from her husband. She saw nothing unusual in the room, and shook him.

"As she shook me, it vanished," said Gray, who added the experience was so frightening he could not believe it had been a nightmare, as Jacqui had suggested.

But it became a recurring scare, and Gray was so shaken that he began researching its symptoms. He learned about sleep paralysis, a condition experienced by an estimated 20 percent of the world's population. One scientific theory says the mind and eyes wake up before the sleeping body, leaving the limbs still immobilized from sleep. In some cases, scientists say, the victim's mind may produce some sort of ghost or creature as a way of explaining the paralysis. Some people feel as though they're being suffocated; others have many more symptoms. Gray wanted to learn more, and since he was already in partnership with his brother Andrew in Graymatters Video Productions, a documentary seemed the best route.

When Andrew Gray first heard his brother's story, he had a typical brotherly reaction: "that he was nuts. "It took some convincing," Andrew, 32, said this week.

But in time, the pair developed a solid proposal for The Nightmare, a film exploring the subject. They recruited Canadian producer Paul Stephens, whose work includes Beowulf & Grendel, Ordinary Magic, and TV's Torso: The Evelyn Dick Story. They'd met earlier when Stephens, a frequent visitor to the Quinte region, wandered into their former Pinnacle Street office out of curiosity.

The Grays made their pitch to VisionTV at Toronto's Hot Docs film festival. "From the first few words of their pitch, it was exactly what we were looking for," said Joan Jenkinson, VisionTV's director of independent productions and The Nightmare's executive producer. "It was a fresh perspective," she said. "Their vision was also big. "I took a chance with them because I didn't really know anything about them," she told The Intelligencer.

Jenkinson said once work was underway, however, "They blew me away." Together, VisionTV and Space: The

Imagination Station gave The Nightmare the green light.

"In order to pull off such an ambitious project on the budget we had, we really had to get our hands dirty," Adam said. For the next two years, the Grays travelled from Japan to the African island of Zanzibar, filming interviews with

people who'd had sleep paralysis and scientists who have studied it.

"I'd never left the continent before, so it was all new and strange," said Andrew. Every culture they visited had a different name for the nightmarish experience. But in each, a strange creature visited victims in the night, terrorizing the person and sometimes creating the sensations of being choked or, in Zanzibar, physical signs of rape.

Newfoundlanders spoke of "the hag," a witch who attacked sleepers. In Japan, one woman said the face of her father on the figure choking her. And in Zanzibar, a witch doctor told Gray he had been possessed by evil spirits, then performed an exorcism on him. In California, a Hmong shaman from southeast Asia performed another ceremony on him, ending his recurring experiences.

Scientists, meanwhile, offered theories on whether or not the experience was a hallucination or something else entirely. Some of the evidence seen in The Nightmare seems to indicate it may be much more than a bad dream, at least in some instances.

So far, Adam said, "They can't really explain something as bizarre as this."

The brothers' roughly 43-minute film aired on VisionTV's Enigma March 5. It's expected to repeat and air on Space as well, though no dates have been set. The brothers are hoping it could lead to much more, and that may be happening. The Nightmare was the first broadcast project written and directed by the Grays. VisionTV's Jenkinson liked what she saw.

"They are my best find of the year," Jenkinson said without hesitation. "Throughout the whole process they were very, very professional and very creative, and the product we got at the end was fantastic. The writing was also very dramatic; they told a very good story."

Jenkinson has already agreed to use a new half-hour cut of The Nightmare in her new series, "Supernatural Investigator" It's a rebranding of Enigma, and aims to explain paranormal and supernatural phenomena. The brothers from Belleville have a place in the new brand, she said.

"We have full intention on moving forward with them on at least a couple of projects."

The Grays have pitched her ideas for four new documentaries covering everything from clairvoyance to black magic. If they're accepted, Andrew said dryly, "We're going to be quite busy this year talking to a lot of strange people in foreign countries," Andrew said dryly.

"It feels great," he said of the prospect of more work. "It feels like everything I've been working for is starting to take off and I'll be able to explore the kinds of topics I want to in film."

They said they're mindful of the possibility of being labelled as makers of only spooky projects, but aren't yet

concerned by it. "I don't think that's our lifelong goal - to make supernatural films - but it's a fun place to start," Adam said.

He added regardless of whether the strange phenomena are real or imagined doesn't matter: people are

experiencing them, and whatever the cause, it's worth investigating.

"We'd like to make films that open people's minds to the possibility that it's a genuine experience - this is

something that's real and happening, and people should think about it."

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