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Light Industry: George Kuchar’s Secrets Of The Shadow World

By Mike Everleth ⋅ August 15, 2014

Light Industry

August 19
7:30 p.m.
Light Industry
155 Freeman Street
Brooklyn, NY 11222

Hosted by: Light Industry

Legendary underground filmmaker George Kuchar held an intense fascination with the paranormal that informed many of his films. Secrets of the Shadow World is his magnum opus, a two-plus hour ride into the world of all things paranormal, much of it presented through the presence of noted UFOlogist John A. Keel.

This screening is being presented in preparation for the publication of the highly anticipated George Kuchar Reader, which is edited by film preservationist and expert in all things Kuchar, Andrew Lampert; and published by Primary Information. The George Kuchar Reader will be available on September 30, 2014; but can be pre-ordered now on Amazon.

Official description of Secrets of the Shadow World written by George Kuchar for the Electronic Arts Intermix catalog:

With a new millennium almost upon us, images of space aliens invading the marketplace and sleeping habits of consumers worldwide, this miniseries abducts the viewers into the universe of John A. Keel (via a video time-warp supplied by me with Rockefeller Foundation funding). It’s a leisurely expedition through a maze of kitchens and cerebral convolutions in search of the mysteries behind the mundane (or vice versa!). Mr. Keel, an author and stage magician, has made a profound impact on the pop-culture we swim in. His research and books on the UFO enigma have ignited an explosive wild-fire of imaginative invocations such as the X-Files TV show and the Men in Black blockbuster movie. Yet you never hear about him and he never hears from the movie and television companies. In this video you see and hear him. You also see and hear a whole lot of other people and some animals. The whole show runs almost 2 hours and 20 minutes, but be sure to stay for part 3 as the UFO/Horror author, Whitley Strieber, teams up with my old star Donna Kerness to reveal exclusive revelations on the ‘visitor’ experience. See this video… then read their books — and pray it’s not true!

Skull with eyeballs packed into a cardboard box

Film still courtesy of Light Industry.