A human search for acceptance, faith, and meaning as told through an event witnessed by over sixty schoolchildren in Zimbabwe in 1994. Ariel Phenomenon is a character-driven travelogue that journeys back to the scene of the incident in Africa over twenty years later. On the 25th anniversary of the event, the film asks the question many witnesses have struggled with for over two decades: “What happens when you experience something so extraordinary that nobody believes you?” The film gives voice to anyone who grapples with a secret and finally finds the courage to speak out.
This story caught the eyes and ears of a Pulitzer Prize-winning professor Dr. John Mack at Harvard University, Alan Dershowitz, attorney Daniel Sheehan, leading to a first-of-its-kind battle of worldviews in the ivory towers of academia. Unlike any film made on this subject matter, Ariel Phenomenon takes on the most profound question of our time.
Spring 2019: The film is complete and seeking distribution; we will announce when we have more news!
DIRECTOR/PRODUCER, Randall Nickerson
Randall Nickerson has been working in the film industry since 1987, first as a stage and film actor and then transitioning into cinematography and ultimately into directing. Nickerson has shot for many news agencies and for several documentary films. Ariel Phenomenon is his first feature length documentary after much practice in short form documentaries. Nickerson is also a professional commercial and nature photographer who has had highly reviewed galleries in Manhattan and Massachusetts. His photos have also appeared in several books including NY Times Best Seller UFOs: Generals, Pilots and Government Officials Go on the Record. His photography can be viewed here: www.randallnickersonphotography.com. Nickerson's film, video and photographic production company, String Theory Films, LLC, can be found at www.stringtheoryfilmsllc.com
CO-WRITER/SUPERVISING EDITOR, Christopher Seward
Christopher Seward is a documentary filmmaker and consultant with over twenty years of experience. He edited Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11, winner of the Palme d'Or at Cannes and the top grossing documentary in history, as well as Moore's Oscar nominated Sicko - both earning him nods from the American Cinema Editors Guild as Best Documentary Editor of the year. He story-consulted on the 2018 SXSW Grand Jury winning People’s Republic of Desire, and the 2019 Sundance Grand Jury winning One Child Nation. While he continues to do some finish editing he has expanded into Directing as well as Producing, Writing and Supervising for a dozen other directors, applying his talents on films like Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead, Wake Up and Fire in the Blood.
EDITOR, Rikk Degres
Rikk Degres is a veteran editor and has handled post-production duties for over twenty-five Florentine Films productions including Ken Burns' Emmy-winning Baseball and the Academy Award nominated Wild by Law. Rikk is the founder of Pinehurst Pictures & Sound, where he has continued to do post-production work on award-winning films such as the Emmy-winning documentary Divided Highways. His work can be seen and heard on PBS, ESPN, HBO, Cinemax, and several museums across the U.S. including the F.D.R Library & Museum and the National D-Day Museum.
COMPOSER, Nathaniel Walcott
Nathaniel Walcott is an accomplished musician, composer, and arranger. He has composed the scores for several films including “The Fault in Our Stars”, “Stuck in Love” and “Midnight Sun”. His work has been called thoughtful, emotive and intuitive. Walcott is a member of the band Bright Eyes and the touring pianist and keyboard player for the Red Hot Chili Peppers. He has also contributed to the recordings of and performed live with a wide range of artists including U2, Jenny Lewis, First Aid Kit, She and Him, Jason Mraz, The Faint, and Ryan Adams. You can learn more about his work at nathanielwalcott.com.
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER / ASSISTANT EDITOR, Rebecca Rideout
Rebecca Rideout has worked on award-winning PBS-broadcast productions with Florentine Films / Hott Productions, including the American Masters’ programs John James Audubon: Drawn From Nature, and Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America. She co-produced Feeding Frenzy, a feature-length documentary for the Media Education Foundation, and worked on dozens of films for museums and learning centers with Monadnock Media, such as the F.D.R. Presidential Library and GulfQuest: The National Museum of the Gulf of Mexico. Since founding Told Video in 2014 she has produced, shot and edited original storytelling for universities, non-profits, schools and businesses in Western New England.
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER / PUBLIC RELATIONS COORDINATOR, Anne Krzanowski
Anne Krzanowski has been in the healthcare administrative/management and project management fields for more than twenty years. She has also successfully managed several photographic art exhibits in Massachusetts. For Ariel Phenomenon Krzanowski has served as the main social media liaison, business manager, web developer and crowd funding campaign manager. She has also assisted with editing.
Leslie Kean is the author of the New York Times bestseller "UFOs: Generals, Pilots and Government Officials Go on the Record (Crown/Random House, 2010) and field producer for the 2011 History Channel feature documentary "Secret Access: UFOs on the Record" based on her book. Kean was also a producer for the James Fox documentary "I Know What I Saw."
Will Bueche, John E. Mack Archives LLC
Will Bueche´ serves as archivist of Dr. John Mack's writings for the Mack family. He previously worked for Dr. Mack at the Program for Extraordinary Experience Research (PEER). He has also designed book covers for several self-published authors.
Dominique Callimanopulos, John E. Mack Institute
Dominique Callimanopulos has a background in Anthropology (BA) and Psychology (M.Ed). She is currently the Founder and President of Elevate Destinations, a sustainable travel company located in Cambridge, MA; www.elevatedestinations.com . Dominique worked with Dr. John Mack in the 1990s, exploring the alien abduction phenomenon internationally. Their travels took them to Australia, Brazil, Europe and Africa where they interviewed and filmed the Ariel School students.
Dino Bruce, Marketing Consultant:
Dino Bruce is a marketing consultant with over ten years of experience in the entertainment, sports and consumer product fields. He is currently the Director of Creative Marketing at Aviron Pictures in Los Angeles, CA. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sheela Ramtuhol, Graphic and Web Design Consultant:
Sheela Ramtuhol is a Montreal based Professional Graphic, Web, and App Designer with 10 years of experience in corporate branding. She is passionate about helping clients develop a successful visual voice. She can be reached at www.sheela.ca
Logo Design by Mark Brabant
Sukriti Singh, Editing
Abbie Duquette, Editing
Habibatoh Bah, Production
Liz Whitaker, Production
Lauren Finzi, Production