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#Hellier

About the project

Hellier is an independently-funded documentary series, spanning five hour-long episodes that make up a single first season story arc.

In 2012, Greg Newkirk received an email from a man calling himself David Christie, who claimed that he and his family were being terrorized by unearthly creatures by night. After exchanging emails, David disappeared. For the next five years, the case only got stranger, as more connections and mysterious emails came in. 

In 2016, Following three weeks of synchronicities spawned by a podcast episode about Greg's Kentucky Goblins story, Karl Pfeiffer went into pre-production on Hellier, hoping to follow up on the cliffhanger of the initial story. After pulling together a team and all the "pro-sumer" camera equipment he had available, the team traveled to rural Kentucky, not knowing what they would uncover, or how deep they would discover the case might go.

Here we are, a year after the initial expedition. Hundreds of hours went into the post-production process, and we're finally ready to unveil the months of hard work and dedication to you, at no charge: 

Here, we have the formal first expedition to Hellier, Kentucky, and the full story of the strangeness that changed our lives.

About donating

Hellier Season One was completely self-funded, and we wanted to get these episodes out to you, the viewer, without anything in the way. No paywalls. No subscriptions. No pay-per-download. But this project took hundreds of hours to complete, and though it was completely passion-driven and the first season is complete, a bit of help goes a long way toward easing up the season one production deficit. And even more so given that we have already begun production on season two. We want to make the best possible product as the story continues, and we'd love your help to do that. Cameras, lenses, mics, travel costs, rentals, insurance, licenses, software, hardware, web-hosting, domain names, and digital storage all add up quickly, especially while trying to stay competitive in a creative world that's getting higher quality every year. 

Our goals are to 1) get this to as many people as possible who might enjoy it, and 2) to do our best to continue to get to the heart of this ongoing, mind-bending, globe-spanning mystery no matter where it takes us. And the best way to do that is to continue to make a project as professional and television-quality as possible, which unfortunately isn't always cheap.

Which is to say, If you would like to donate, it would mean the world to us.

cast and crew

GREG NEWKIRK (Executive Producer, Cast) is one of the world’s only full-time paranormal researchers, and has spent the last two decades tracking down and investigating cases of the strange and the supernatural, and conducting groundbreaking research on everything from alien abduction phenomena to poltergeist hauntings. Greg is also the co-founder of the Traveling Museum of the Paranormal & Occult, the world’s only mobile museum of the unexplained, and his work in the fields of cryptozoology, parapsychology, and paranormal research has seen him featured on hit shows like Travel Channel’s Mysteries at the Museum and Animal Planet’s Finding Bigfoot.

DANA NEWKIRK (Executive Producer, Cast) is a practicing hedgewitch with well over two decades of experience in seeking out the strangest cases of the unexplained. Dana began her career by forming the first-ever all-female paranormal investigation team in the late 90s, the subject of SPACE’s Girly Ghosthunters series. In 2013, she co-founded the Traveling Museum of the Paranormal & Occult, for which she serves as head curator. When she’s not conjuring up conversations with phantoms on hit television shows like TLC’s Kindred Spirits or Destination America’s Paranormal Lockdown, Dana can be found giving tarot readings, interactive lectures, and hands-on workshops to packed houses across the country, sharing her expertise on everything from divination, to conjure & rootwork, to practical magic.

KARL PFEIFFER (Director, Editor, Cast), has always been passionate about the mysterious, uncanny, and supernatural in the world around him. Riding the public interest in the late Aughts, he dove into ghost hunting while in college and appeared on Syfy's Ghost Hunters Academy and Ghost Hunters International. From there, he acted as the Resident Paranormal Investigator at the Stanley Hotel for five years. There, he directed and edited the webseries Spirits of the Stanley for the Dark Zone web network and conducted 250 investigations on the property. Of late, between his studies into mysticism in college and with his research into the stranger corners of the ghostly. he's expanded his focus into all aspects of the paranormal. He is also a portrait and conceptual photographer based out of Northern Colorado, and he's written two books.

CONNOR JAMES RANDALL (Co-Producer, Cast, Score) is a musician and paranormal researcher. When he's not working his seasonal job at the Colorado State Capitol, he's often found touring the country and banging his drums in the downtown Denver scene with his punk-rock band, The Ghoulies. After harboring his own fascinations with all things mysterious and supernatural growing up, he applied to be a seasonal tour guide at the Stanley Hotel, a job which led him to both befriend Karl, and led to a permanent role as a Resident Investigator on the property. He was also featured in Spirits of the Stanley and, alongside Karl, became iconic for his work seemingly channeling spirits through their original viral experimental Spirit Box technique they dubbed The Estes Method

RASHAD SISEMORE (Camera Operator, Producer) is a photojournalist who also works in the Denver film and entertainment industry. Climbing through the ranks on set, he's worked as a Production Assistant, 2nd Assistant Camera, and sometimes as Director of Photography. He's done film and photojournalism work across the world, with his primary concentration and passion being the Middle East. Acting as a jack of all trades on the Hellier project, he brought his wealth of knowledge about the variety of demands and needs on location in order to consider and cover all bases of the project, quickly becoming an invaluable resource as the strangeness unfolded on the trip. 

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