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Originally posted by Cassie Clay
I think the "documentary" itself was fake, but real tidbits of Night's life were used. Night was obviously involved with the whole production. He gives several clues in the film that the documentary is fake:
1. In his first interview, he says something to the effect that the reason he likes to make movies is to "take people in" -- i.e., fool them.
2. The documentarian's name is "Kahn" as in "con" -- this is made more explicit by his chat room screen name, "Kahnman" -- conman.
3. One of his biggest film idols is Alfred Hitchcock, who also liked to blur the divide between reality and fantasy with hoaxes like this.
4. This "documentary" was made by USA cable, the same people who brought you the "Curse Of The Blair Witch" documentary.
Actually, I am a bit annoyed by the "fake" documentary aspect as I really wanted to see a good ol' slice of "Hollyweird"...the show tries to honor people with supernatural beliefs at the end of the program by interviewing real people, but the whole thing comes across as having a measure of ridicule & contempt for those who do "believe." Not worth watching for an entire two hours. I was impressed that they got Johnny Depp & Deepak Chopra to interview, tho.
Originally posted by RANT
I didn't even watch it since the ads looked so hokey. In the span of less than two years, Sci Fi has gone from actually playing a major role in paranormal/UFO research and government lobbying efforts to being AN ABSOLUTE JOKE and discrediting UFO study in general.
I used to love Sci-Fi. It was a rally point for enthusiasts, but now it's just an embarrasment. Bah. They don't even know the damage they've done to themselves or their reputation or ALL OF US on ATS.
2. The documentarian's name is "Kahn" as in "con" -- this is made more explicit by his chat room screen name, "Kahnman" -- conman
Shyamalan Talks Buried Secret
Director M. Night Shyamalan told SCI FI Wire that he admires SCI FI Channel for the controversial way it promoted the original special The Buried Secret of M. Night Shyamalan. "Those guys are awesome," Shyamalan said in an interview while promoting his upcoming film The Village. "Those guys are awesome at SCI FI Channel. They're really kind of ballsy, creative people. I really dig them."
SCI FI admitted on July 16 that it created a story that was part fact and part fiction as a way to publicize the documentary, which premiered July 18, and that it did not have a falling out with the director, as previously reported in the media and on SCI FI Wire (June 16, July 7 and July 8).
Shyamalan said SCI FI should be forgiven for the hoax. "If they erred, they did it out of enthusiasm for the project," he said. "But they're really cool people. You know how, in basketball, there are those 'hustle errors.' The coach always loves that. It's cool."