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A Journey to Planet Sanity


News about an absolutely hysterical, enlightening, and touching documentary called “A Journey to Planet Sanity.” As you may be aware, there is a massive interest in paranormal and extraterrestrial movies among the American public. However, while interest in the supernatural and aliens is a fun hobby for most us, there exists a segment of America whose interest in these subjects has become an unhealthy obsession.  

“A Journey to Planet Sanity” is about one of those individuals. The protagonist is Leroy, a kind hearted, grandfatherly gentleman struggling to get by on his  minimum wage earnings. We first meet him when he is teetering on homelessness because of his compulsion to pay alien psychics and other “experts” for information that can protect him from the “unexplained.” Fortuitously  for Leroy, while making a home pizza delivery, he encounters Wunderkind’s director, Blake Freeman.They become friends and with a sincere desire to help, Blake and Leroy embark on a 3 year quest to debunk the pseudo-science flimflammers who prey on vulnerable people.  “A journey to Planet Sanity” chronicles their cross country journey and ultimately helps Leroy overcome his obsession saving him from financial ruin.  “A Journey to Planet Sanity” is the true story of Leroy and Blake’s epic and hilarious odyssey through America interviewing “so-called” psychics, ghost hunters and a variety of UFO experts. This story truly has to be seen to be believed.

Wunderkind would be honored to have your publication consider our film for a story. Attached to this email is our electronic press kit that includes important detailed information about our project.  Please call us at the number provided below and we can provide you with a standard Q&A with the director, as well as provide you with a website where you can download more in-depth assets of the film. This film sparks debate, as its content is widely discussed everywhere and everyone can relate to the humanity of Leroy’s journey.  “A Journey to Planet Sanity” will be released on December 6th 2013, and will be available everywhere in theaters and on Video On Demand.

A Journey to Planet Sanity is a reality based (Documentary) comedy debunking aliens, psychics & all things paranormal. The film follows Blake Freeman (noobz, Mucho Dinero) who takes a 69 year old man named LeRoy, on a hilarious cross-country journey in search of the truth. LeRoy has spent his life savings on trying to protect himself from aliens and paranormal ghosts by buying gimmicks and entrusting psychics. Upon discovering LeRoy’s plight, Blake Freeman with LeRoy in tow, decides to put these beliefs and “so called” experts to the test.

 

Q&A WITH DIRECTOR / WRITER BLAKE FREEMAN


HOW DID THE IDEA FOR THE FILM ORIGINATE?


The producers Danielle Crane, Tim O’Mara and myself wanted to do a film in this genre, debunking myths etc. One night while in a preproduction meeting on a show we were doing, we ordered takeout and Leroy was our deliveryman. The bill came to $88.88 cents and he was mentioning something about how that was good luck in numerology. As I continued to speak to him he asked me if I saw the UFO’s in the sky over LA that allegedly happened the week prior. He informed me that several people had seen these UFO’s and he wished he had witnessed them as well. Digging deeper, I found out that Leroy has serious beliefs in a lot of things that I felt could potentially be hindering his life in many ways. We knew the minute I closed the door, there was a story there. I asked for his number and actually called him later on that evening and asked him if he wanted to be in a film. His response was “if I can get paid and I don’t have to do anything illegal, I’m in”. The rest is history!


WHY DID YOU WANT TO MAKE THIS FILM?


Since I had an urge to debunk some of these beliefs on film, Leroy was the catalyst to put this in motion. Leroy basically represents a lot of Americans who I feel are just like him and being taken advantage of in many of these scams. As far as Aliens go, it would be very ignorant for me to think we are the only beings in this universe. The real question I have is are they really visiting earth and do we really have proof of that. Psychics on the other hand are a different story. Some figures estimate that more than 300,000 Americans spend more than $10,000 a year on psychics. That’s insane! The JREF Foundation has tried for years to find anyone with psychic abilities in order to receive a large grant. Every single “so-called” psychic fails the test. For these poor people out there, these psychics start off by using vague readings and start to pinpoint things that may be applicable to them by reading facial expressions. For the follow up sessions these psychics google you, see your Facebook, Twitter, pictures and other social media. They know you better than you know yourself by the time you enter your second reading. It’s a scam and it should be illegal. Psychics are only one part of the film. The real story of the film is Leroy and how all of these things affected him. It is a great heartfelt story and really hilarious at times. I feel blessed we were able to have this opportunity.


WHAT WAS THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE THAT YOU FACED?


This film took a couple of years just to complete. We faced two major challenges. First, we didn’t know what this story exactly was or how it was going to end. A traditional documentary normally allows the filmmaker to shoot everything first and make a story later. We were filming more reminiscent of “Reality Based” film, it was a follow along and we didn’t know what each day would possibly entail. Unlike traditional scripted films and documentaries, we had no story arc, it was all on the fly. It all just kind of played out. The second challenge was in trying to debunk individuals that claimed to have powers of some sort, have been abducted, or actually are Aliens etc. When we would travel to places outside of LA, no one knew the camera crew was coming, so we found people who really had these beliefs. When back in LA we would put out ads, searching for individuals and we received hundreds of responses in a short period of time. Because it was in LA, most of these people we’re fakes, actors and actresses who were trying to just get camera time. We have over 200 hours of footage and we would have to watch and re-watch scenes over and over just to try and determine who really believed they were “special or chosen” as they would call it. Most of the people in the final cut of the film are ones that we could trace back several years of their beliefs. You never want to “cheapen” your movie, but we aren’t talking about concrete evidence here, were talking about Alien hybrids and such. We just got lucky that the movie turned out extremely entertaining in the end.


WHAT DO YOU HOPE AUDIENCES WILL TAKE AWAY FROM THIS FILM?


I want everyone to be able to watch the film, both believers and nonbelievers. I feel that watching LeRoy’s situation unfold is an eye opening experience on just how these “harmless” beliefs can affect people long term. It’s an emotional and financial hit on people, and their vulnerability is another man/woman’s gain. I want this film to spark discussion or debate and look at actual facts about these beliefs. The problem is the internet is full of ridiculous and unfounded statistics and stories. They do nothing but strike fear and spread ignorance faster than we could ever imagine. We found a site that people were sharing across social media sites called “Truth something” (not sure exactly the name). The sad and only “Truth” about the site was that none of the statistics in the first ten stories were legitimate. They had stories that could not be traced to any real event and used quotes from politicians or corporate CEO’s that could not be found anywhere but on their site. All of this takes its toll on people and I want the awareness out there.

 

THOUGHTS FROM THE PRODUCER DANIELLE CRANE


When I first met Blake and he told me about an idea debunk a number of things in a movie I felt he was on to something. I knew from the moment we first discussed and developed a Journey to Planet Sanity, that I believed in Blake and I wanted to be a part of it. I told him I could easily raise first round of money so we could get started. At this point, we still had not met Leroy and we had no idea what the story would be or where we were even gong to start. I just knew it was going to be something big that would change the lives of everyone involved and I was excited to see where the journey would take us. When I met Leroy for the first time and heard his story, I could not help but think that he represents so many Americans. Here is a man who was 68 years old that is still delivering food at night after serving his country. How is it this possible? Should he not be retired somewhere relaxing and drinking a fruity drink with an umbrella in it? We knew that we had to do something to help this man and possibly help someone else that might be going through similar hardships. The movie ended up being a once in a lifetime project and ended up being something I was extremely proud and thankful to be a part of.


THOUGHTS FROM THE DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY RYAN PURVIS


First off, it was an amazing experience and the film went against the standard industry rules of filmmaking, haha. We shot with 2 cameras all the time. We just kept shooting and ended up with over 200 hours of footage. When Blake and I started shooting we didn’t know where this story would take us, we just knew that we didn’t want it to look like your typical doc with standard interviews in front of a black backdrop. He asked me how could we make a different and more compelling documentary and we decided that a follow along with non-traditional story line and more expensive camera’s were the way to go. Nothing was typical in a documentary sense and it turned out beautiful, even though we didn’t have time nor a budget to perfectly light scenes.


ABOUT THE PERSONALITIES


BLAKE FREEMAN

Blake Freeman is an actor, director, writer and producer of film. In just eight years in the entertainment business Blake has successfully created and produced television programs, written, directed and starred in feature films and created media related businesses that will set precedence in the industry. He wrote, directed and stars in the 2013 feature “noobz”, as well as the 2014 feature release “Mucho Dinero” starring along side Eddie Griffin and Danny Trejo. Freeman’s next film releasing in December 2013, is the highly anticipated social experiment documentary “A Journey to Planet Sanity”. Freeman is managed by Richard Konigsberg and represented by David Sherman of WME Entertainment.


LEROY T.

LeRoy has lived in the Los Angeles area for the past 45 years. Over the course of his life Leroy has held many different jobs ranging from being a window cleaner in Miami, FL to serving in the United States Navy. He has always been known as a hard worker and was the first one in his family to own his own home. Always holding an interest in aliens and the unknown LeRoy allowed himself to become financially complacent spending most of his income with the hope that psychics could help guide him through his worries and fear of aliens.


Directed and Produced by
Blake Freeman


Executive Producers

Michael Fancher

William D. Johnson


Co-Executive Producers

David Pregerson

Jason ZumBerge


Produced by

Danielle Crane

Alwyn Hight Kushner

Timothy C. O'Mara


Director of Photography

Ryan Purvis


Editor

Paul Cain


Featuring

Blake Freeman

LeRoy Tessina

Don Ray Walton

Prophet Yahweh

Ashley Thomas

Timothy C. O'Mara

Richard Konigsberg

Danielle R. Crane

Arnold Velazquez

Stephen Davis Todd


Executive Producer

Lazo Freeman


Art Direction

Ashley Thomas


Unit Production Manager

Arnold Velazquez


First Assistant Director

Joshua Chavez


Second Assistant Director

David Pregerson


Construction Coordinator

David Meredith


Assistant Producer

Kaity Nielson


Contributing Writer

Josh H. Etting


Gaffer

Chad Sullivan


Appearances by

Adronis Miguel Aliff Michelle Allaire

Shana D. Allen William M. Alnar Luis Anguiano

Lisa Araquistain Linda Aranda Emma Arzola Nir Assayag Richard Avilz Kenton Bailey

Simon Balteaux Dennis Balthaser Shelly Ball

Besfort Bajrami Michael Barrett Robert Baskin

Jeff Beadles Jason Becker CA Bellencourt

Kathleen Bentley Alessya Berres Mayank Bhatter

Corey Black Antonio Blint Susanne Bonner

Bonito Steven Bordelin Raymond Branch

Laura Bratton Todd Bridges Jennifer Bushnell

Paul Cain Luigi Cani Jeanette Caldera

Larry Carden Hymnson Chan Patsy Chambers

Aimee Chan Ryan Clary Rosemary Corapi

Helen Cords Tina Davis Yale Davison

Robert DeCrevel Norman Deesing Daniel De Grass

Karen Delancey Ted Delgaldo Chris Dempsey

Joanne Derchi Heather Detwiler Susan Dishell

Christopher Dong Tony D. Duran Eric W. Edwards

Daxton“Talon”Edwards Dale Emery Normalyn Farrell

Dawn Ferguson Dawn Ferris Michael Fima

Lasko Finta Robbie Fitzsimmons Andronique Frank

Brad Freel Daniel Garcia Rose Garcia

Neil Gaur Rozan Gazasan Leonard Geeter Jr.

Shephen M. Giglio Gigi Glynn Brandon Godsey

Brandon Gondeck Todd Goodman Pam Gorman

Linda Gorthe Jillian Grubbs Manini Gupta

Dean Halfaine Richard Halstead Lauren Harper

Tahni Hartso Allyson Hauser John O. Hein

Abigail Herman Paul Herman Rex Hoss

John Van Houten Joey Hudson Ryan Hyman

Jeremy Hysen Diane Ibaria Michael Iinuma

Hunter Ives Justin Jabinski Derek Jackson

Mac Jay Matthew Jochim Joseph Jordan

Timothy O. Johnson Edward Joyce Ayse Juarez

Brooke Jurvis Kimberly Kato Taj Kazai

Kent Kellogh James Kim Sarah King

Margio Knea Leonard Knight Stephany Kovacs

Kevin Kriegoff Jennifer Kydd Bill Lariviere

Sam Lasime Antonia Lau Jennifer Leal

Raymond Lee Marcela Lendvaiova JB Letuli

Dallas Lowe Jennifer Lowe James Lowery

Joanna Mahaffy Joan Maherbach Cory Maloms

Kristen Hodapp-Manning Michelle Marcell Abigail Margulis

Chung-Ae Marino David Gary Martell Desira Martinez

Gilbert Martinez Lee Marshall Jr. James Martinez

Stephanie Mason Heather Massie Frank Mavros

Eugenie Maven Lori May Robert May

Linda Mayotte Guy McCarnell James E. McDonald

Daren McGrath Nick McGrath Brian McGuire

Dia McKee David Meredith Adrian Miller

Jessica Miller Jessica Miller Mychal Miller

Kelly Leigh Moriah Milka Munoz Kelly Moran

Dee Morris Kevin Morris Robert Myers

Trevor Nelson Sarah Newton Parrish Nixon

Deez Nuhtz Kyoko Okazaki Craig Olsen

Harry Ooi Liam Dunaway O'Neil Kevin Osment

Doug Oui Twyla Dawn Pae Kimberly Pal

Kathy Paradise Mike Patel David Philips

David Phillips Drew Phillips Jenna Phillips

Jerry Pippin Michelle Pobar Rue Porelra

Michael J. Poremba Dorin Puma Ryan Purvis

Sheila Rabizadeh Rose Rahal Christopher Ramos

Michael Ramos Phyllis Rawley Ron Regino

Jillian Reeves Nikki Rhodes Kristyn Riggs

Miguel Riza James Romero Samantha Romero

Bryan Ross Jacquie Rossman Marvin Rouillard

Kim Russell Ryan Sani Raul Sarin

Stephanie Sautter Megan Schumacher Monte Scott

Zachary Selig Renee Shields Adrienne Showker

Freddy Silva Siri Shiva Singh Dan Soliz

Raymond Spears Ronda Spears Eagle Spirit

Shelley Starrett Sean Steenburgh Andrew Steinway

Kevin Strom Zhiragr Sultagan Shaun Summers

Kevin Sumethasorn Steven Tang Covalisina Tatiana

Edward Telm Jerry Temple Le Thanh Thao

Bron Theron Charalamos Timiadis Steven Davis Todd

Skyelar Velazquez Ryan A. Vezcon Javier Village

Sarah Virkus James M. Warner Chris Ward

Cristi Williams Steven Winn Kelly Winters

Kelly Withers Herb Williams Tim Witman

Jeremy White Roselene White Clint Wunderly

James Yantis Ferzan Yerkeran Louis Yuen

William Young Martin Zaidman Aly Zaydel

Jeanie Ziga Christopher “Yon” Sebastian Gautsch



Camera Operators

Ryan Purvis

Paul Cain

Dee Nichols

Oliver Standfast Lynch

Christopher “Yon” Sebastian Gautsch

Matt Bellamy


Assistant Cameramen

Oliver Standfast Lynch

Dan DeGrasse

Alex Shapiro

Skyelar Velazquez


Aerial Photographer

Craig O'Brien


Time Lapse Photographer

Oliver Standfast Lynch

 

Production Sound Recordists

Brian Curley

Giovanni Di Simone

Eric W. Edwards

Mike Burko

Joshua Chavez

Tyrone Moore


Travel Location Coordinator

Brian Deming


Stunt Coordinator

Luigi Cani


Stunt Pilot

Dave Riggs


Aerial Coordinator

Dave Riggs


Aerial Consultant

James de Gallegos


Additional Editing

Ryan Purvis

Chris Keefe


Assistant Editor

Andrew Oleck


Sound Post Production

Sonic Magic


Sound Mixed by

Jason “Frenchie” Gaya

Richard “Tricky” Kitting


Supervising Dialogue Editor

Angela Hemingway


Supervising Sound Editor

Chris Diebold

Brent Findley


ADR Mixer

Steve Iba

Spencer Schweiterman


Foley Mixer

Zach Michaelis


Foley Artist

Vicki O’Reilly Vandegrift


Foley Editor

Jeffery Roy

Nash Cubero


Assistant Sound Editor

Chris Terhune


Studio Sound Manager

Robert Dehn


Music Supervision by

Blake Freeman

Michael Fancher

Timothy C. O'Mara

Jeffery Yoo


Music for a Found Harmonium”

Written By Simon Jeffes (PRS)

Performed By Penguin Café Orchestra

From the Album "Concert Program" ©1995 Zopf, Ltd.

Courtesy of Zopf, Ltd.


A-Yo”

Written by Timothy C.  Smith, Ray Stephenson & Eric Landes

Performed By Chance

Courtesy of Beats U. Music & Nashvillechance.com


Clowning Around”

Performed By Shaun Fearson

Courtesy Of Premiumbeat.com


Easy Math”

Performed By Olive Musique

Courtesy Of Premiumbeat.com


Josie’s Dream (50’s)”

Performed By La Cigale

Courtesy Of Premiumbeat.com


Wunderkind Song”

Written By Blake Freeman

Performed By Blake Freeman


It Goes Down”

Written by Nate Walka and Clinton Sparks

Performed by Nate Walka and Clinton Sparks

Produced by The Thrillers


Alone”

Written by John Bosch

Performed By Eyeshine


God is an Alien”

Written By Blake Freeman

Performed by Blake Freeman


4DaNuYear”

Written by Ben Parris

Produced by Ben Parris

for MASKARAID Productions, LLC


Rapture”

Performed By Peter Mcisaac

Courtesy Of Premiumbeat.com


Waterfall”

Written by John Bosch

Performed By Eyeshine


New House Song”

Written By Ashley Thomas

Performed By Ashley Thomas


Crop Circle”

Written By Ashley Thomas

Performed By Ashley Thomas


Young At Heart”

Performed By Olive Musique

Courtesy Of Premiumbeat.com


High Step”

Performed By Charlie Mas

Courtesy Of Premiumbeat.com


The Holy Grail”

Performed By Olive Musique

Courtesy Of Premiumbeat.com


Mr. Cool”

Performed By Robin Nathan

Courtesy Of Musicloops.com


My Life is Amazing”

Performed By Right Side of the Tree


She’s Sexy”

Performed By Lynemusic

Courtesy Of Neosounds.com


Mission Tricky”

Performed By Richard Heacock

Courtesy Of Premiumbeat.com


Harmony”

Written by John Bosch

Performed By Eyeshine


Production Accountant

Michael J. Barrett


Legal Services Provided by

Michael E. Morales


Insurance Provided by

The Truman Van Dyke Company


Cameras provided by

Bexel Broadcast Services

VER

Sim Digital


Tape Stock by

SONY


Electrical Equipment Provided by

Cinelease Inc.


Sound Equipment Provided by

Hollywood Production Sound


Wardrode Provided by

Etnies

Page Denim


Thank You

Lazo Freeman

David Sherman

George Noory

Chad Presley

Jack Dagger

Los Angeles Van Rentals

Java Detour

Julian Sylvester

Page Denim

Roosevelt Hotel

Christopher Grimes Gallery

The BLVD Hotel and Spa

Antonia Lau

St. Ephraim Church

Salvation Mountain

ChicksThatCauseNoDrama

Roswell, New Mexico

Long Beach, California

City of California City

Death Valley, California

Thompson Hotel

Allure Pharmacy

The Navajo Nation

Fly Scooters

Coffee Beanery

Life Gear

Nextar

BAWLS Energy Drink

Eladio Correa

Paige Adams-Geller

Adam Savage

David Meredith

Marc Bachrack

Castex Rentals

Air Design

Mexico Restaurant

Etnies

Pico Barber Shop

Westwood Congregational Church

Steven’s Grinding Co.

Best Western Avita Suites

Indie100.com

Honor Fraser Gallery

Hollywood Methodist Church

Los Angeles, California

Monument Valley, Utah

Las Vegas, Nevada

e-RealityHomes.com

Angelus Rosedale Cemetery

Jennifer Jeanne Salon

Feature This!

Peanut Butter & Co

Plantronics

Snyder's of Hanover

ONE Flavored Water

Studio Depot


Special Thanks

Ryan White

Stephen Stanton

Doug Hodges

Kevin Connolly

Craig O'Brien

Dave Riggs

Chad Pressely

Debi Merry

Spencer Hight Kushner

Luigi Cani

John Siedem

Richard Speight Jr.

Kathy Niewoehner

Dutch Delaney

James De Gallegos

Shane Duffy

Ernie Clevenger

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