It is a bold claim, but filmmaker Chad Calek says he has footage that proves that ghosts exist.
The Sir Noface Lives U.S. tour stops at Rialto Square Theatre in Joliet on Aug. 29.
“With the footage in the film being as compelling as it is, I believe that it definitively proves the existence of ghosts,” said Calek via phone from his office in Santa Monica, California.
“We wanted to raise awareness on this film in the most unique way possible. The best way is to garner support in the court of public opinion. The best way to drive home that this film does prove the existence of ghosts was for people to weigh in on it and ultimately become the voice of the film.”
Attendees will be among the first to see Calek’s documentary “Sir Noface,” which chronicles the Australian government-sanctioned paranormal investigation that led to filming a full-body apparition.
“This is not a paranormal investigation that was started by civilians,” said Calek about the footage captured by Craig Powell and the West Sydney Paranormal Research Team on a former naval base turned public park on Cockatoo Island.
“What started happening was hundreds of reports of paranormal happenings on the island. The government wanted to find a way to put this to bed. They wanted to get someone out there, thinking they would debunk it.”
Calek praised Powell’s two-year investigation of the site.
“It’s the most incredible evidence I have ever seen in my 25 years of investigation,” Calek said. “Not only did Craig and his team encounter ghosts and spirits, but they became — it’s weird to say — friends with them where they could ask the ghosts to do things and call on the spirits.
“They would ask to see his light and this light flash would go off. It was so bright that the light seemed to emanate from everywhere. Not only did they experience this themselves but they found skeptics off the street to experience it and they went and got government officials.”
Calek is no stranger to investigating the unusual. He was the on-screen focus and director, producer and editor of the “American Ghost Hunter” documentary, which chronicled his family’s 20-year battle with the paranormal.
He was also a guest star and director on A&E’s TV series “Paranormal State,” which led to the A&E documentary “The Ghost Prophecies” featuring Calek and his “American Ghost Hunter” investigative team including Justin Holstein, Joe Ansley and Mary Beth Wylie.
“I never knew how much it hurt to be called ‘crazy’ until I started sharing some of the experiences and had somebody just completely dismiss everything I said just because they didn’t believe that was possible,” Calek said.
“Through my work, events like this and my films I’ve definitely been one of the architects of taking the paranormal mainstream and I’m proud of that.”
People who want to delve deeper into “Sir Noface” may purchase gold tickets, which include paranormal evidence captured on film by Calek and Holstein and Calek’s Past Projects presentation, which includes information on his “A Blood Red Sky” documentary.
A VIP ticket option also is available and includes a two-hour private meet and greet with a catered dinner, seating in the front three rows, a professional photo session with Calek and Holstein, and a private post-screening question-and-answer session.
“Come out. It’s going to blow your mind,” he said. “Skeptics are absolutely welcome.”
Jessi Virtusio is a freelance reporter for the Daily Southtown.
Sir Noface Lives
When: 7:30 p.m. Aug. 29
Where: Rialto Square Theatre, 102 N. Chicago St., Joliet
Tickets: $24.50 silver; $99.50 gold; $199.50 VIP