Posted by: Loren Coleman on December 10th, 2008
Barry Conrad is shown here with the child actors for his Flatwoods Monster production.
Conrad of Barcon Productions stopped by during my time at the Queen MaryDarkness Radio conference in Long Beach, California, on Tuesday, December 9, 2008. We talked about his indie movies in production in his “Monsters” documentary series. I’ve written here of his Mothman film’s pre-production tradegies in the past.
It turns out Conrad is in the final wrap of the post-production editing for his new film about the 1952 Flatwoods Monster incident. It is scheduled for release during the Spring of 2009.
Conrad was even able to track down the still-living primary eyewitness Kathleen May (shown above in 1952). She gave him a good interview for the new film, he told me.
This Flatwoods Monster sketch (above) is well known. Conrad was able to link this one directly to its first televised appearance on the “We The People” program of September 19th 1952. During that broadcast, Kathleen May and A. Lee Stewart (then the editor of the Braxton County Democrat) talked about the UFO incident that made headlines around the world.
Conrad said he was very happy to have found a good cast to match the original witnesses. Here are four of the original boys who saw the monster (Tommy Hyer, Freddie May, Edison May and Neil Nunley).
Above are Conrad’s Flatwoods Monster re-creation actors: Houston McCrillis, Drew Osborne, Stephen Loner, Andrew Michaelson, Lisa McIntosh, Buster the dog & Brandon Osborne.
Shown are actors Chad Nadolski, Jay Richardson and Stephen Loner who reenact an examination of the ground near where the Flatwoods monster was sighted.
It looks to be an intriguing film.
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.