My pics of “extraordinary: the stan romanek story” Q&A 2013 Fort Lauderdale Film Festival + Trailer

On Saturday, November 2, 2013 I attended the highly anticipated World Premiere of extraordinary: the stan romanek story at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival. The screening took place at the historic Cinema Paradiso in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The film was a selection in the American Indie Features section.

This "extraordinary" documentary is a stellar (or interstellar) achievement from writer/director/producer/cinematographer/editor Jon Sumple, co-directed by Jack Roth and Executive Producer/Collaborating Director Jamie Sernoff.

Stan Romanek is at the center of the world's most documented extraterrestrial contact story, and the over 180 pieces of evidence accumulated over the past decade has convinced thousands around the world that his tale is true. It's not just about what Romanek revealed in his 2009 book, "Messages: The World's Most Documented Extraterrestrial Contact Story." This documentary film takes audiences on a journey through Stan and his family's past, present, and future with one goal in mind -- help the world understand that no one knowingly chooses the challenges the Romaneks have endured.

The movie's intention is not to prove the existence of UFOs and extraterrestrials, but it does pose the question, "What if this is all true?" The filmmakers ask, "What if Stan's experiences are real? What if the messages he's received are intended for all humanity? What if Stan's just a messenger -- one chosen to deliver information he never volunteered to receive?" The film follows one man's evolution through a life he did not choose and the messages he is driven to deliver to mankind. For anyone who believes (or not) in UFOs and aliens, or wonders if they're real, this is a must-see.

Writer/director/producer/cinematographer/editor Jon Sumple was brought onstage by FLIFF Membership Director Irwin Levenstein to introduce the film, along with stars/film subjects Stan and Lisa Romanek. After the screening, the Romaneks returned with Sumple along with other cast and crew for an informative and intriguing discussion.

Here are some pictures I shot during the intro and Q&A:

GALLERY (48 photos)


NOTE: I selected extraordinary: the stan romanek story as one of my Top 7 Documentary Features from the 2013 Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival. FLIFF awarded the film a Special Jury Prize.

The official extended trailer is below.

New Extraordinary 2013 Alien-UFO Docu Trailer Stan Romanek Story

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  • Video Release: June 03, 2012
  • Length: 3.03 min
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Larry Richman

Larry Richman

For 20 years I was a professional in the entertainment industry, from commercial broadcast radio in America's fourth largest market to band management to record production. But my passion is independent film, and I spend much of the year traveling to film festivals to see indies and meet the actors, directors, and others responsible for creating them. I'm a writer, photographer, and videographer, currently serving as Senior Vice President for Media & Technology and Public Relations at PROnetworks as well as Editor at

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