Alternative media is constantly under scrutiny, investigative journalists along with conservative and libertarian commentators are always put under a microscope, and to delve into the world of strange conspiracies and oddities doesn’t put you into a safe place either.
I’ve always gone for the truth, and I wanted to show people you don’t need giant budgets or large teams or crews in order to go investigate something. With my program the Remso Republic, we continually try to combine pop culture and politics in order to promote the message of individual action. Sometimes, it means going to extremes in order to remind people that the world has opportunities for you to continue to question everything around you.
For me, that meant conducting a ghost hunt. Why did I chose that as my first film? Because why not? Other journalists simply stick to the same road as everyone else, what I wanted to do was put everything on the line to prove a point- you should go out and investigate everything you question.
For Haunted Republic: St. Albans Sanatorium, I went in intentionally to disprove the paranormal legends of the facility. As a Christian I have a specific worldview, but when it came to ghosts, phantoms, and the paranormal I was always a skeptic. Too much can be staged and faked and some people see a ghost around every corner which can easily be debunked if you just attempt to look into things a little longer.
We went with a large group of skeptics and believers, and used only equipment you can buy at any big box store. What we captured on film was terrifying, and because of certain situations where equipment couldn’t work or something odd, we couldn’t even provide to you the other three hours of footage and audio and experiences we encountered.
I’m not asking you to believe in ghosts, but what I am asking is that there is something you question or doubt, go out and do it, you might even change your mind. As for St. Albans Sanatorium in Radford, Va, I am absolutely convinced there is something extraordinary and terrifying occurring when the sun goes down.
I’d like to thank our film’s associates the Halsey News Network and Preuss Media, LLC for helping finance our film, along with our Patreon pledgers and donors. Investigative journalism is alive and well and is accessible to anyone, go and question everything.