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‘Blair Witch’ Director Dan Myrick Launches Indiegogo Campaign for Docu‐Drama ‘Skyman’

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The Blair Witch Project” director Dan Myrick is launching an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign for his upcoming docu‐drama “Skyman.”

“Skyman” will follow Carl Merryweather, a man who had an alien encounter as a 10-year-old boy and now believes he has an opportunity to reconnect with this same alien at the same location.

The Indiegogo campaign has set a goal of $50,000, which will primarily fund the pre‐production of the project. Donation incentives include an invitation to the cast and crew’s weekly “UFO soirees” in the desert during production, dinner with Myrick, and original 1999 posters from the Sundance Film Festival premiere of the “The Blair Witch Project.”

Producers are also planning to offer online auditions for particular roles and for “recreations” of what happened to Merryweather as a child. Myrick used a similar process in 2008 on the movie “The Objective.”

Merryweather claims that he came into contact with an “alien lifeform” in 1987 on the eve of his 10th birthday while camping with his father in the high desert near Apple Valley, Calif. Merryweather remains convinced that he’s destined to reunite with an alien being called “Skyman” at the same location and is determined to document that event.

“‘Skyman’ is a sci‐fi, docudrama that has been a labor of love for quite some time,” Myrick said. “It’s a project about UFO subculture that gets back to my ‘Blair’ roots and allows me more creative freedom while, at the same time, engages the audience from start to finish,” Myrick said.

Myrick is producing with Joe Restaino from Character Brigade and Thomas B. Fore and Christopher J. Scott of Domicile Pictures. Production is scheduled to begin in the spring.

Myrick is president of Gang of Robots (formerly Gearhead Pictures), which has teamed with Radar Pictures and Appian Way for the TV movie “Under the Bed” along with “The Objective” and the “Raw Feed” films. Lifetime has bought worldwide rights to “Under the Bed,” starring Hannah New.

Myrick is best known for teaming with Eduardo Sanchez for “The Blair Witch Project,” a found footage psychological horror film about three student filmmakers who hike into the Maryland woods to  film a documentary about a local legend known as the Blair Witch. The film, made for $35,000, grossed nearly $248.6 million worldwide.

Myrick is repped by APA, Media Talent Group, and attorney Wayne Alexander.

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