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 / STORY 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 Desgres
Rikk Desgres 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 & POST-PRODUCTION SUPERVISOR,
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 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.
CONSULTANTS & ADVISORS
Leslie Kean, Consultant
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.
Dominique Callimanopulos, Executive Producer
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.
THE MAKING OF ARIEL PHENOMENON
When filmmaker Randall Nickerson first watched the Ariel School student interviews conducted by Dr. John Mack, he was struck by the sincerity and sense of truth demonstrated by the children.
Nickerson traveled to the school, where he began to locate the now-adult students, teachers and other witnesses, scattered around the globe. He has now been to Zimbabwe three times, as well as around the US and UK collecting footage for the film.
As Nickerson began to interview the adult students, it became clear that this story was not over for them. The event continues to have a deep impact on many of their lives. Their courage, conviction and consistency, both then and now, makes it difficult to dismiss this account as a child’s imagination.
Check out the gallery below to find out more about the process of bringing this film into the world.