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Whitley Strieber Television Appearances
This is only a partial list of the programs on which Mr. Strieber
No data available, but appearances in support of the New York Times best-seller War Day (1984) are likely.
Whitley Strieber appeared on the Oprah Winfrey
Show (24 June 1987) for Cat Magic. CNN's Larry King Live (25 March 1987). Nightwatch with Charlie Rose (1 April 1987). The Tonight Show with Johnny
Carson (6 May 1987) for Communion (discussing a childhood memory
of "blue monkeys" running over the landscape). Various local
programs too numerous to mention in support of Communion, including People are Talking (KPIX San Francisco, Feb 1987) and Sally Jesse Raphael (WCVB Boston, 7 March 1987).
The Phil Donohue Show (1988). Good Morning America (7 Sept
1988). Geraldo (27 Oct 1988) for Cat Magic. Live with Regis and Kathy Lee (1988). A special one-hour edition
of FOX television's The Late Show (16 Sept 1988) featuring Whitley
Strieber and friends. Various local
programs including People are Talking (KPIX San Francisco 21 Sept 1988).
Various New York local programs including 9 Broadcast Plaza (WWOR New York, 25 Sept 1989) and Hard Copy (WCBS New York, 11 Oct 1989).
Larry King Live (CNN, 21 September 1990) mentioned Billy,
but the majority of the conversation was about government interest in alien
encounters, as Strieber appeared with Howard Blum, author of Out There,
a book about MJ-12 which Strieber wrote the forward to.
The Home Show (11 July 1991, the day before Strieber retreated
from public life and disbanded the Communion Foundation. 11 July 1991 was
also the day of the total solar eclipse visible in Mexico).
Larry King Live (CNN, 11 March 1992) to discuss Unholy Fire.
CNN's Larry King Live (9 July 1993) featured guest host Frank Sesno
(substituting for Larry King) interviewing Strieber about his book The
Forbidden Zone, and discussing alien matters as well.
The syndicated television program Sightings (hosted by Tim White)
highlighting the publication of Breakthrough presented some of the
best videography ever made of the Strieber's second
cabin in upstate New York, interspersed with atmospheric shots of alien
models created by special effects artist Steve Neill. Strieber appeared on
CBS' The Late, Late Show with Tom Snyder (23 May 1995) late in the
program in support of Breakthrough. Good Day, LA (KTTV; Los
Angeles, 24 May 1995). In support of Breakthrough, the syndicated program Mike and Maty (WABC-TV, 26 May 1995) featured an interview with Strieber
and experiencers Steve and Raven (these names should be familiar to you if
you've seen the whole website). San Diego This Morning (KGTV, 13 June
1995) in support of Breakthrough book appearance, mentioned Parade
magazine's false claim about him having epilepsy. Larry King Live (CNN, 4 Aug 1995)
in support of Breakthrough, also with Rep Steven Schiff, C.D.B. Bryan,
David Jacobs, and Philip Klass.
America After Hours (CNBC, 3 July 1996) did an hour long show on
aliens, includes Strieber and David Jacobs.
A ten minute plus studio interview on AM Northwest (KATU-TV, 15
Jan 1997), including call-in and mention of a Tower book signing for The
Secret School. The Susan Sikora Show (KBHK-TV, 20 Jan 1997) studio
interview for The Secret School, nearly 30 minutes in length. The
Crier Report on Fox News Channel Cable Programming (22 Jan 1997) featured
a reportedly lengthy studio interview in support of The Secret School.
A six minute studio interview about The Secret School on The Morning
Exchange (WEWS-TV, 24 Jan 1997). K EYE Opener News four minute
segment in support of a book signing later that day for The Secret School (KEYE-TV, 27 Jan 1997). Good Day LA presented a three minute segment
about The Secret School that may have included some of the video footage
of the discovery of the Secret School (KTTV-TV, 21 Feb 1997). A one minute
segment on The Secret School on Good Day Dallas (KDFW-TV, 3
March 1997). An under one minute segment on FOX 4 News (KDFW-TV, 3
March 1997). Another under one minute segment about The Secret School on Morning Edition (NTNJ-TV Cable 12 New York, 3 March 1997). The Charles
Grodin Show (18 March 1997). The Today Show (1 April 1997) via
Satellite with Edgar Mitchell. Strieber appeared briefly on the Sci-Fi channel's Buzz (29 June 1997) in a three minute segment that mentioned his web
site. Strieber discussed The Secret School in a three minute segment
on News 36 Firstcast Sunday (KXAN-TV, 5 October 1997), in support of
his participation in a Whole Life Expo being held later that day.
Strieber's May 11, 1998 book tour presentation at the Pentagon Bookstore
in Washington DC was recorded by C-SPAN II's About Books (shown July
1998). About ten minutes on Positively Texas (KTVT-TV, 4 May 1998)
in support of Confirmation, took callers questions and mentioned Corrado
Balducci. News 4 Texas Morning Edition (KDFW-TV, 4 May 1998) brief
studio interview discussing implants. WGN Morning News (14 May 1998)
brief studio interview in support of Confirmation book. Good Morning
Arizona (KTVK-TV, 23 May 1998) in support of Confirmation book. Fox Morning News (WTTG-TV, 25 May 1998) in studio interview, with rebuttal
by Philip Klass. KTLA Morning News (KTLA-TV, 26 May 1998) brief in-studio
appearance in support of a Confirmation book signing in Los Angeles
at the Bodhi Tree Book Store. An extremely brief in-studio interview on San
Francisco's cable show Bay TV Mornings (BAY-TV35, 27 May 1998) in support
of a book signing later that day for Confirmation. The Rosie ODonnell
Show in support of Confirmation (recorded 6 May 1998, aired 20
Strieber appeared with Budd Hopkins, John E. Mack, M.D, and Joe Nickell
(via satellite) on MS-NBC's interview program Hockenberry, in support
of the Confirmation television special (16 Feb 1999). The British documentary The Uninvited (title borrowed from Nick Pope's book), presented on The
Learning Channel (1 March 1999), also featuring Budd Hopkins and Linda Cortile,
Nick Pope, John Mack, Derrel Sims, Travis Walton, skeptics. Partly to help
promote a rare speaking engagement (November 1st in San Antonio at the at
McAllister Auditorium), Strieber appeared in a nearly ten-minute segment on
on 4 San Antonio Living, a morning show in Strieber's hometown (KMOL-TV,
28 October 1999), in which he discussed his Communion experiences,
and took live callers' questions on a variety of topics. Strieber discussed
his Communion experiences on News 4 Texas Saturday (KDFW-TV,
20 Nov 1999) in a five minute segment titled "The TEX-Files" that
included footage of Strieber's appearance (likely the November 1st appearance
mentioned above or a Sept 25/26th appearance at the 36th National UFO Conference
in San Antonio, an event presented by The Anomalist ), also Roger Lier's book
The Today Show (NBC, 11 Jan 2000) featured host Matt Lauer interviewing
Strieber and Art Bell, in support of The Coming Global Superstorm.
A five minute segment on Fox News Live (Fox News Channel Cable Programming,
11 Jan 2000) featured Strieber and Art Bell, and callers. Fox television's
program The Edge with Paula Zahn: We Are The Aliens 2000 (28 Dec 1999,
or 2 Jan 2000, or 17 Jan 2000, details unknown, reportedly featured interview
material as well as footage of Strieber from a recent convention appearance). Good Day Alabama (WBRC-TV, 17 Jan 2000) with Art Bell in support of Superstorm. A four minute interview on Sunday Today In New York (6 Feb 2000) in support of Superstorm. A brief interview on 4 San Antonio
Living (KMOL-TV, 22 March 2000) in support of Superstorm. News 4
Texas Saturday (KDFW-TV) reportedly accidentally ran about a minute of
a clip about Whitley Strieber on 28 October 2000.
Fox 4 News (KDFW-TV, 6 May 2001, 9PM) and Good Day Dallas (KDFW-TV
, 7 May 2001) featured Whitley as part of a seven minute segment titled "The
Tex-Files." Unknown if this was new footage of Whitley or was from KDFW's
archives. Also on the segment, Derrel Sims, and a psychiatrist who suggested
that mental problems and drug use are why people believe such things. The
Last Vampire book tour included an interview with Kirk Montgomery on Denver's
KUSA 4 O'clock 9News (9 Aug 2001), and a national appearance on the
roundtable multi-topic program Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher (ABC, 16 Aug 2001).
Whitley Strieber made no television media appearances from 2002 to 2005
according to LexisNexis, although he was interviewed on radio programs.
He was invited to be on the 24 Feb 2005 ABC News special Peter Jennings
Reports: UFOs: Seeing is Believing: I was contacted for this show,
but when I wrote back saying that I would not appear unless I could be guaranteed
that I would not be disparaged, treated as a figure of fun or called a liar,
they never responded.
Whitley appeared on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on Thursday
September 14, 2006 in support of his novel The
Out There TV (syndicated, 13 Sept 2007), an interview program by Richard and Kate Mucci, in support of the novel 2012: The War for Souls.
A History Channel documentary, Apocalypse Island (produced in 2009 and aired January 3, 2010) featued Whitley discussing the popular 2012 theme.
Television Programs based upon Whitley Strieber's work
SyFy television series
Premiered April 2016
From executive producers Gale Anne Hurd (The Walking Dead, The Terminator trilogy) and Natalie Chaidez (12 Monkeys, Heroes), Hunters is inspired by Whitley Strieber's best-selling novel, Alien Hunter, in which the disappearance of a decorated FBI agent's wife leads him to a secret government unit assembled to hunt a group of ruthless terrorists — shadowy figures that may or may not be from this world.
The series stars Nathan Phillips (Wolf Creek) as Flynn, a headstrong Baltimore FBI agent with a dark past trying to piece together the disappearance of his wife. Britne Oldford (American Horror Story) will play Regan, who is one of the government's most valuable operatives and may be keeping secrets of her own. Julian McMahon (Nip/Tuck) portrays McCarthy, an unhinged junkie and Hunter cell leader.
Hunters will push boundaries by redefining what makes a terrorist and offer a unique crossover twist between gritty crime drama and sci-fi thriller. The series will premiere in April 2016.
The Communion Letters
SyFy television series
In October 2011, ScreenRant reported, Syfy is looking to expand their preternatural programming with The Communion Letters, a drama revolving around those who have experienced an alien abduction.
Developed for television by Jonathan Gruger, the co-creator of ABC Family's cult series Kyle Xy, and writer Dave Matalon, The Communion Letters will follow the lead character, Tome, as he examines claims of those who believe they have encountered, or been abducted by, aliens.
The Communion Letters is inspired by the 1997 book of the same name, from Whitley Strieber and Anne Strieber. ...Serving as executive producers on the show, Gruger and Matalon will be joined by Red Dawn, A Man Apart, and Poolhall Junkies producer Vincent Newman.
CBS Paramount Network Television announced a new series titled Jerico in Fall 2006, which denied the development of War Day.
In this drama, a nuclear mushroom cloud suddenly appears on the
horizon, plunging the residents of a small, peaceful Kansas town into
chaos, leaving them completely isolated and wondering if they're the
only Americans left alive. The town turns chaotic as the residents cave
in to their fears.
The creators of Jerico are Jonathan A. Steinberg, Josh Schaer and Stephen
Jerico photo: © 2006
From Variety, 14 August 2005: Spyglass
Television and Benderspink are said to be preparing a pitch for a show
dealing with life in the U.S. after a major national disaster. Idea
is based on the Whitley Strieber novel War
This is the second time War Day has drawn
interest; way back in 1983, WarDay nearly became a major motion
picture by Constantin Costa-Gavras, director of Missing (Academy
Award nominee for best picture in 1982). An 800+ word article detailing
the plans for the film was published in the New York Times 14
November 1983. Although the reasons why the film was not made are unknown,
it appears that the producer, Edward Lewis (who also produced Missing)
may have retired in 1984 due to health reasons.
Synopsis of the original novel:
Warday. It lasted only thirty-six minutes and when it was over, much
of the earth remained untouched. But in those thirty-six minutes, a
world had been destroyed. Seven million Americans died in the immediate
blast. Millions more would die of radiation, famine, and disease during
the next five years. Millions also lived, strung out across a country
that knew it had been hit but not why. Or where. Or how.
In the days and months that followed,
an America blacked out by the breakdown of its communications systems
and wrestling with the demands of an unprecedented emergency struggled
first for survival. Later it would seek answers seek to find
out how it happened, who had survived, what was left.
Five years after Warday, the answers have
yet to be found. America is still a strange place, filled with haunting
relics of the past, constant reminders of what was lost. But survival
is no longer in question. It is time to take stock.
And so, five years after the missiles
detonated, two survivors set forth on a trek across America. Determined
to find out what has happened to the rest of the country, their will
be a journey of discovery filled with pain and hope. From Texas to California,
across the vast distances of the Great Plains, into the once-bold centers
of commerce and power along the eastern coast, and through the small
cities and rural hamlets of the South amid pockets of resurgence
and remnants of destruction, they will hear America speaking: remembering
the past, willing the present, longing for a future.
Warday: It takes you into a world you
|The Last Vampire / Lilith's Dream
Television miniseries for
On 11 January 2004, Whitley Strieber reported The Sci-Fi project
is a mini-series based on The Last Vampire and Lilith's Dream.
Whether they will do it or not remains to be seen. I've written a treatment
for a six-hour mini-series based on the books. But one never knows where
these things will go. This plan for a television
miniseries comes after Whitley reported in an
interview with LesbiaNation that Colmbia pictures decided to let
their option expire on the feature film rights to The Last Vampire.
Synopsis of original book (excerpt):
Lilith, the ages-old mother of the dying race of vampires, has been
forced to come out of her cave deep in the Egyptian desert in search
of food human blood. But she knows nothing about the modern world...
|The Coming Global Superstorm
Television miniseries for Turner Broadcasting
Before Whitley Strieber's novel The Coming Global Superstorm became the basis of the feature film The Day After Tomorrow, there had been the possibility of a television movie or television miniseries.
On 10 August 2001, the Paraview literary
agency announced that the feature film effort was in addition to a television movie that was being develped by Turner Broadcasting.
This possibility of a television movie
or television miniseries was first noted by the New York Post on March
9, 2000; the report stated that Turner Broadcasting was interested in
turning The Coming Global Superstorm into a mini-series. Later
in March, Strieber himself mentioned Turner's interest during an appearance
on a morning program in Strieber's hometown, 4 San Antonio Living (KMOL-TV, 22 March 2000).
However in July 2000 Strieber announced
on his website that TBS, which bought Superstorm to make into a two-hour TV movie, is now dragging
its heels....Once the script outline was sent to [Ted Turner's] main
story editor with a recommendation from those below that the
script be written there was only silence in reply.
In late September 2000, Whitley reported
that he was about to start work on a new treatment (a summary-like telling
of the entire story, complete with characters and some dialogue and
key scenes) a sign that TBS remained interested in the project,
though was not yet ready to move into the script writing phase. Writing
of the script at last got underway by February of 2001, though evidently
without Whitley's participation: on February 7, Whitley reported
on the Art Bell radio show that TBS was working on the script.
By 2002 it appeared that Turner Broadcasting's
plans had gone astray.
Television movie for
|Variety (30 April 1999) confirmed that the Sci-Fi
channel has made the following announcement: BEYOND COMMUNION: The long-awaited sequel to
the 1989 theatrical release is based on New York Times best-selling author
Whitley Strieber's real-life experiences with alien abduction. First they
took him. This time they've come for his son. SCI-FI brings Strieber's
astounding tale to television in this exclusive original production. No writer, director, or cast has been confirmed thus far, but Whitley
Strieber is believed to be writing the script.
Since April 1999, there have been no press
releases mentioning this project.
Update: A year after this announcement
(in May 2000), Whitley conveyed to me that he did not believe they were
still pursuing this project, and he suspected his script may have been insufficiently sensationalistic.
Incidentally, the April 1999 announcement
by the Sci-Fi Channel that they committed to this telefilm meant development
of the potential series NightWork (detailed below) was suspended,
prompting NightWork's Steve Neill to decide to move on to non-alien
related projects, and causing some love lost between Neill and Strieber.
NBC Television Special;
Broadcast February 17, 1999
An edited version is believed to have been broadcast in Japan in late 2000
Executive Producers: Mark Wolper and Whitley Strieber
Writer/Director/CoExecutive Producer: Starling Price
Brief Chronology of UFO and Alien Encounters by Whitley Strieber,
from Confirmation press kit
from interview with Whitley Strieber, from Confirmation press
from Mike Jarmus interview with Whitley Strieber, February 1999
Strieber Offers 'Confirmation' of UFOs, by Kate O'Hare, Tribune
Media Services (Chicago Tribune) 2/99
- Where We Stand,
A Statement By Whitley Strieber written the eve of the Confirmation
television special, 10 Feb 1999
- Transcript of
MS-NBC television's Hockenberry interview with Strieber, Hopkins,
Mack, and Nickell, 16 Feb 1999
- A DVD edition was released in Hong Kong, 2004.
93 minutes, removable subtitles in English and Chinese. Region
free, NTSC. Judging from the typographical errors on the front (click) and back (click) covers, this is not an official release.
A two-hour network special exploring questions raised in Whitley Strieber's
book of the same name, Confirmation: The Hard Evidence of Aliens
Among Us? presents a general review of major UFO and alien encounter
events from the last fifty years. The program is hosted by Robert Davi
of the NBC cop show Profilers, who appears to be on the verge
of laughter as he ominously intones the possibility of aliens among
us while walking around a dark forest.
The hard evidence alluded to in the title is presented in a segment about so-called alien implants found within the bodies of some experiencers. These implants are
discussed by podiatrist Dr. Roger Leir and the surgical removal of one
such object from the hand of a 45 year old male subject is shown (filmed
August 17, 1998 in Texas). Confirmation also includes recreations
of a series of abductions experienced by Jesse Long (featuring stylized
alien models created by artist Steve Neill). NASA footage of unidentified
objects recorded during space shuttle missions is shown, and an alleged
home video from Mexico of a metallic saucer flying behing an apartment
tower is examined by special effects artists who reveal technical flaws
that suggest it was only a digitally composed special effect (a conclusion
that Strieber has subsequently said he disagrees with [on Dreamland,
Confirmation features snippets
of perspectives from Budd Hopkins, Dr. David Jacobs of Temple University,
Michael Lindemann, Dr. John Mack, and many others who have studied the
question of alien encounters, including those who believe these experiences
are misperceptions and lies; these so-called skeptics include
Joe Nickell and Philip Klass of the CSICOP organization. Whitley Strieber
himself appears only briefly during the Jesse Long segment.
The program was originally conceived
with Charlton Heston as the host, playing on the strength of Heston's
narration of The Mysterious Origins of Man, an acclaimed and
controversial NBC documentary about forbidden archeology. Efforts were
also made to get noted scientists such as Stephen Hawking involved.
But these plans, as well as hopes for involvement from celebrities who
are said to believe in alien contact such as David Bowie
were not realized, and what emerged was at best poorly received.
Writing to the New York Times in response to criticism of the special, Whitley Strieber said, Unidentified-flying-object
and close-encounter episodes are the most extensive and readily available
phenomena for research that science has refused to address since the
Roman Catholic Church forbade its experts to look through Galileo's
Alien figures by Steve
Neill (pictured behind the scenes)
Promotional photographs courtesy of NBC Television.
Television Series Pitch;
Preview reel completed 1999;
demo reel credits
Whitley Strieber ... Host
Jack Larson ... Whitley Strieber
Dr. Roger Leir ... Himself
Billy Scudder ... Richard Hoagland
Jeff Rense ... Radio Host
Christian Port ... Young Whitley
Alexa Rense ... Little Girl
Krista Vernoff ... Young Mother
Melanie Winter ... Anne Strieber
Licia Davidson ... Alien Voice
Whitley Strieber ... Executive Producer
Bob Verne ... Producer
Steve Neill ... Director, Co-Producer
Gillian Neill ... Writer, Assoc. Prod.
Saba Moor ... Casting Dir., Assoc. Prod.
Andrea Matzke ... Line Producer
Barry Conrad ... Director of Photography
Billy Scudder ... Unit Production Mgr
Jesse Ericson-Onuf ... Script Supervisor
Kai Wagner ... Sound
Jeff Perkins ... Asst. Camera
Peggy Portanova ... Make-up
John Shea ... Special FX Make-up
Gene Barsamian ... Prod Coordinator, Still Photographer
Randi Besse ... 2nd Unit Prod. Mgr.
Aaron Steffans ... Best Boy, Electric
Mike Hardy ... Key Grip
Tony King ... Grip
Steve Neill ... CGI Effects
Scott Coulter ... CGI Consultant
Jason Martell ... Documentarian, Webmaster
Taryn Scudder ... Kid Wrangler
A potential new series based on Whitley
Strieber's life and travels has been proposed by Steve Neill. Principle
photography for a ten minute preview reel was completed the last week
of January, 1999. It will cover all
aspects of Whitley's experiences, ranging from the Secret School to
his official studies into the cases he's studied, including the implants.
With over one hundred and fifty thousand letters and numerous classic
cases we ought to get a few seasons out of it, to be sure, says Mr. Neill.
The preview reel will be pitched to the
studios to secure funding for the development of a one hour pilot. It
was written by my wife, Gilly Neill, and directed by myself, says Mr. Neill. It
will have effects that could have never been done in the Communion movie days; digital animation and effects has been my new career these
days and the sky is not the limit.
Asked if this program would be similar
in format to SIGHTINGS, Tim White's magazine-format investigative television
series that Mr. Neill provided impressive special effects for during
it's run, Mr. Neill replied, It was created as a dramatic week
to week series like the X-Files, based on the real thing. This project
is totally dramatic, no Sightings format at all.
Jack Larson portrayed Whitley Strieber
in the demo reel, with the real Whitley Strieber serving as host during
the show's introduction. The demo reel included a recreation of Whitley's
experience of accompanying the visitors to a home in the middle of the
night (described in Breakthrough) to witnesses a young girl's
interaction with the beings.
The development of NightWork came
into conflict with another project. In April 1999, the Sci-Fi Channel
announced plans to develop a television movie called Beyond Communion,
the production of which would have limited the development of NightWork. A none-too-pleased Steve Neill announced in late November
1999 that NightWork would be reconceived radio show host Jeff
Rense becoming the series' focal point. However, neither NightWork concept was ultimately developed, and the Sci-Fi Channel's television
movie similarly did not enter into production either.
Whitley Strieber, portrayed here by Jack Larson,
enters into meditation in the woods to confront his fears
Television Series Pitch,
early to mid-1990s;
Project: Communion was proposed by Jim O'Connell sometime before 1996 as a documentary
series that would have followed Whitley Strieber and the producer
on the road, visiting areas of visitor activity and meeting other
experiencers for the purpose of hearing their stories and trying to
make progress with our knowledge of alien encounters.
Some interest in this series was expressed
by Dreamworks SKG, but the project was ultimately never sold. To the best
of our knowledge no footage was filmed, but promotional items, including Project: Communion military dog-tags, were created to pitch to
Jim O'Connell passed away on 9 September 2015.
Commercially Released Videos featuring Whitley Strieber
Our Exploding Future
Mail Order Video, VHS
Presentation given at the Project Awareness Gulf
Breeze UFO Conference,
19 March 1999
On June 6, 1998, after 20 months of no encounters, Whitley
Strieber had what he describes as the best, the most incredible, the most
enlightening encounter of his life. He describes the face to face meeting
with his visitor as a marvel and one that left him in a kind
of spiritual whirlwind.
Since that fateful
meeting, the pace and intensity of Whitley's life has increased. His current
involvement in the visitor experience hasescalated his creativity to an all-time
high. He is working on a new book, entitled The Coming Superstorm, about
his incredible encounter; he is actively involved in an ongoing battle in what
he terms as the war for the human soul. His June 6, 1998 encounter
was the most profound of all. Every word the visitor uttered contained whole,
vast oceans of other words and meanings.
As we journey toward
the millennium, enjoy a special conference treat as we get an overview of what
the visitor experience has meant to our world and what it may mean in the new
millennium, told by one of the greatest scribes of our time as only Whitley
Strieber can say it.
Our Exploding Future
Cost as of 1999 was $15.95 for the
tape, plus $2.00 shipping and handling.
Check the Project Awareness website for current information on availability.
Mail Order Video, VHS, 1997
The first videocassette produced by Whitley Strieber. Originally sold via mail
order from the Communion Homepage (and now available from Amazon.Com), this
brief video demonstrates meditative techniques, and also shows snippets of some
of the best video footage of unidentified aerial phenomena (including a particularly
convincing foo fighter playing peek-a-boo with some clouds, seemingly
aware it was being observed).
The following synopsis (written by Whitley Strieber
and presented on his website) was created when the working title was the First
Contact Management Video, in early June 1996. The actual tape was produced a
The First Contact Management Video
We Have A Problem
Close encounter is among the most challenging of all human
experiences, and in general we don't handle it well. Some of us love it and
can't get enough of it, others hate it and can't make it stop. Most of us
have very mixed feelings.
We have trouble remembering
what happened to us, and when we are in the contact environment, most of us
feel as helpless as animals on a veterinarian's examination table.
This can all change.
Over the past ten years, I have evolved powerful meditation techniques that
make my encounters more fruitful.
Now There's A Solution
The video I have made reveals my techniques in action. It
includes the multi-tone chanting process that I have evolved as a powerful
focusing tool. You will not have heard anything like this before, not even
if you are familiar with overtone chanting.
Use of the techniques
in the tape, I feel, can really help the close encounter witness to become
an active participant in his or her relationship. Armed with the video and
lots of determination, you can make your relationship into what I promise
is the most incredible of all adventures, and I mean that from the bottom
of my heart.
You can also use it
to end your relationship if you prefer, or at least change it to be less rough
and more enriching.
You can even use it
to start a relationship if you are willing to work hard and be patient.
How You Can Do It
It took me ten years of close encounter to get to the point
that I could create a system that would be genuinely effective, and twenty
years of meditation before that. But it won't take you that much time, because
you can leapfrog on my work.
As more and more of
us do this, our relationship with the visitors will come into better focus.
They will see that we are trying, for the first time, to communicate, and
what is now a confused, often dysfunctional relationship, is going to start
to work better — maybe a lot better.
© 1997 Whitley Strieber
Six Days In Roswell
filmed July 1997
released on DVD and VHS 1999
Six Days in Roswell is a mockumentary from the team
that created the more-or-less officially sanctioned Star Trek
documentary Trekkies. In dead-pan style a la Spinal
Tap, the film purports to document Minnesotan Richard Kronfeld's
experiences at the 50th anniversary of the Roswell event in Roswell,
New Mexico, in July 1997. In fact he is an actor, but not everyone
he interviews, including Whitley Strieber (seen briefly), seem
to have been aware of this.
Six Days in Roswell
© 1999 Benevolent Authority Productions
Produced by Roger Nygard, Directed by Timothy B. Johnson, Starring Richard Kronfeld
Tour of Cabin (Unreleased Videotape)
(not the actual title)
Whitley showed the people who attended a 1996 workshop a special
video tour of the cabin. It was done by a friend of his who was
a video producer/artist of some type. The video was excellent
and very informative. It also showed a funny side to Whitley.
The artist did a lot of Twilight Zone type of references
complete with psychedelic special effects. Whitley often was self
deprecating and laughed at the many wacky references to Communion (at the same time, he also spoke very eloquently and frankly about
it). One thing that came across from that workshop is that Whitley
Strieber is a very fun loving person. He can be a bit too earnest,
serious, whatever you want to call it. But it is much more accurate
to say that he has a very good sense of humor, maybe it's one
of the things he uses to deal with all of this. Whitley said that
he does not show this video in public, it's a limited
release type of thing. [Thanks to L. for this description] [Drew Cummings
may have been the videographer; Whitley Strieber has mentioned
Cummings as one of two videographers who have stayed at the cabin].
Discovery of the Secret School
(not the actual title), DVD, 1996
A professionally recorded videotape of Whitley's discovery of the ruins of
the secret school in San Antonio's Olmos basin (a wooded area of about 8 square
miles that subsided about 40 feet during an earthquake four centuries ago).
This was shown to the public during the book tour for the Secret School.
The video was originally intended to be a segment on a SIGHTINGS type of television
series that was to have been called Contact. Unfortunately the program
was never developed so these public showings were the only chance people had
to see this segment. Perhaps this videotape, and the one filmed at the cabin
described above, will turn up on an authorized biography program sometime in
Update: The video footage of the discovery of the secret
school is believed to have turned up on a DVD titled Exploring
the Supernatural Vol. 3: Miracles, Mysteries. The DVD, which Amazon.com
described in it's official review as crappy, can be found
with a little searching for less than six dollars.
Exploring the Supernatural Vol.
© 1998 Madacy Entertainment Group
Aliens: The Complete Truth
5 DVD set featuring one DVD with Whitley Strieber
interviewed in 1996:
Vol. 1: Aliens Among Us
Direct-to-Video, DVD, 2000 (also available on VHS)
Aliens Among Us, the first disc
in the box set Aliens: The Complete Truth, could easily have been subtitled An Interview With Whitley Strieber. But for some reason, Whitley's name is nowhere on the
outside of the packaging, so the fact that this disc presents a nearly full
length interview with Whitley is something of a secret.
The program begins with snippets of comments
from David Jacobs and other researchers of alien encounters, and then the focus
quickly shifts and stays with a highly charged interview with Whitley. The 40-minute
interview appears to have been recorded in England behind the scenes of BUFORA's A Day of Abductions event in 1996, or possibly at the 1996 UFO Expo West held in southern California
at which Whitley presented not one but four separate lectures and workshops.
This was clearly a time in Whitley's life in which he had much to say; he had
been in a self-imposed exile from the subject of alien encounters for nearly
The interview is disturbing and provocative.
Coming about a year after the release of Breakthrough, Whitley is quite
vocal about his motivation for taking his life story to the public, the repercussions
from doing so, and his thoughts on how the alien encounter experience may require
mankind to take the next step in our evolution towards a consciousness free
of hierarchy. People, Whitley says, are powerful and creative creatures, and
the potential that people may become aware of this as they enter into relationship
with the visitors threatens the status quo; Whitley condemns the shadow government
elements funded by but not answerable to the elected government, who
in the past allowed such criminal and unethical experiments as MK Ultra to victimize
innocent people who may now be engaged a sinister effort to prevent an
evolution in consciousness from occurring. During this part of the discussion,
Whitley's left ear turns red and Whitley suggests that a small object that he
says was placed within his ear by the shadow government (an episode described
in Breakthrough) has turned on during their conversation, leading to speculation that the subject may have
upset whoever was listening. (Whitley has subsequently mentioned this incident
in other interviews).
The interview is presented largely without edits,
which is to the program's credit and is most welcome, though the program is
visually uninteresting (amateur quality). They seemed to know they had a good
interview on their hands and they let it run. At the very end of the program,
there is an additional couple minutes of comments recorded in a pipe-filled
service area of the convention building, presumably a few moments before Whitley
went on stage. I had seen a part of this pipe footage before (a few seconds of it appears on
the BUFORA lecture tape) and it was nice to see it gathered here. In short,
this is a nearly complete interview in a generally unobtrusive program, and
for that reason is highly recommended.
Aliens: The Complete Truth
© 2000 Madacy Entertainment Group
Breakthrough: Beyond Transformation
also known as
An Evening With
Whitley Strieber at the Writers Guild
A presentation by Whitley Strieber on stage at the Writers Guild Theatre in
Beverly Hills, CA. Amateur video quality. (The front of the video box reads Breakthrough Beyond Transformation by the
Author of Communion could they possibly
have fit in more book titles?).
Breakthrough: Beyond Transformation
© 1996 MUFON Los Angeles
Abduction 2: Into the Unknown: Whitley Streiber [sic]
Whitley Strieber's first talk in the UK in several years, a presentation in
Sheffield, England on April 20, 1996, titled The Secret School (part
of the BUFORA: A Day of Abductions event). He relates a couple stories
from The Communion Letters, and plays selections from Tim Edwards' videos
of unidentified flotsam jetting through the air, but this second-hand material
seems to be presented without an overall theme. Despite the title of the talk,
nothing from the then-upcoming Secret School is spoken of.
UK title: The Secret School (1997)
US title: Abduction 2: Into the Unknown (1999)
Warning to UK readers: In the UK there is another video called Abduction
2: Into the Unknown, featuring almost exactly the same cover art, but having
nothing to do with Whitley Strieber. It appears that the box art was produced
by a freelance graphic artist who sold the cover art to two different companies
on two different continents, each of which used it for entirely different videos.
Encounters of the Fourth Kind:
A Report on Communion
Direct-to-Video, VHS, 1991, 50 min.
A superior effort for a direct-to-video release, Encounters of the 4th Kind interviews with Whitley Strieber, his friends and family at the New York countryside
cabin made famous by the book Communion. In addition, the video presents
a behind the scenes look at the making of the film Communion. A panel
of experts including Report on Communion author Ed Conroy are also interviewed in mock-Larry King style. Hosted by actor
Roddy MacDowell, who also voiced the audiobook edition of Communion.
Encounters of the Fourth Kind: A Report on Communion
© 1991 MPI Home Video
Out of Print
Communion: The Discovery of an Unknown
Video, VHS, 1987
Video recording from the 1987 Angels, Aliens and Archetypes Symposium,
an event put together by U. Conn professor Ken Ring and Alice Agar of the Omega
Foundation. Angels, Aliens and Archetypes was a two-day symposium featuring
some of this country's foremost visionary thinkers considering the premise that
human encounters with the Other are real on many levels. They are perhaps most
real at the seat of the soul, where, as Novalis wrote, the outer and inner
worlds meet. Whitley Strieber's presentation,
previewing the release of Transformation, is still available from Sound Photosynthesis as a Video #V69-87, or Audio #A251C-87 (main presentation)
& #A251cc-87 (question and answer)
Many such videos of live presenations exist,
usually in poor quality. We list this one because it is one of
the few videos from the era.