On a beastly and cinematic episode of After Hours AM/America’s Most Haunted Radio — scintillating paranormal talk Thursdays 9-11pE with hosts Joel Sturgis and Eric Olsen — we welcome filmmakers Seth Breedlove and Aleksandar Petakov of Small Town Monsters to talk about their latest project On the Trail of… Champ, and their other filmic explorations into the unknown. We welcome Seth and Aleksandar at 10pE; at 9pE Joel and Eric sift through the hottest paranormal news from the America’s Most Haunted Twitter feed.
On the Trail of… Champ
For centuries, tales have been told of a massive aquatic creature living in the waters of Lake Champlain in northern New York State. The “beast” is said to be anywhere from ten to thirty feet long with an abnormally long neck, flippers and a dinosaur-like appearance. Sightings of the animal known as Champ reached their peak during the 1970s but history tells of a bizarre “water horse” said to reside in the lake long before the area became inhabited by European settlers. Today, Champ is celebrated in local towns and villages along the lake and has even become a mascot for the local minor league baseball team.
This June, Small Town Monsters and filmmaker Aleksandar Petakov will release On the Trail of… Champ; an examination of the legend and the ongoing search for the creature. On the Trail of… Champ is a six-to-eight episode mini-series filmed during the summer and early Fall of 2017. Petakov was on and around Lake Champlain for one of the largest, most well-funded searches for Champ in history and when the project is released on June 15th you’ll get to experience this massive search for yourself. What they found might just change your mind about the existence of such a creature. A crowd-funding campaign to finance post-production of the series launches January 25th which includes the opportunity to have your name listed in the series credits.
Champ marks the beginning of the new, ongoing series from Small Town Monsters titled On the trail of… and will be followed up in 2019 with a massive search across the Eastern United States for the legendary being called Bigfoot. On the Trail of… Champ will premiere on DVD and the VIDI Space streaming platform on June 15th before heading to Amazon in July.VIDI Space is a new online network founded by Nick Groff, Elizabeth Saint, and Justin Narragon featuring paranormal and supernatural content.
Small Town Monsters made waves recently when they released Beast of Whitehall, a documentary which examined Whitehall, New York’s Bigfoot history. That documentary went on to garner film festival awards and played on New York television during the summer of 2016. Since then, Beast of Whitehall has become one of the most-viewed documentaries on bizarre subjects on Amazon Prime. The production company plans to hold a public premiere of On the Trail of… Champ at the annual Minerva Monster Day festival in Minerva, OH. The Festival will also feature Portland, Maine native, Loren Coleman; curator of the world’s only Cryptozoology Museum.
Small Town Monsters
Small Town Monsters began as an independent film series exploring lost and bizarre history around the United States. Focusing on small town folklore, our team tells stories through the words and experiences of those who were most affected by them – residents and witnesses.
Released in Spring of 2015, Minerva Monster was the first film in the series, and explored strange occurrences in 1970’s Minerva, OH. Several years later, STM has released five films, with it’s sixth in post-production, a web series, and planning additional projects for upcoming years. In 2018. Small Town Monsters will release a new project, a mini-series, the first season directed by Alekander Petakov.
Seth Breedlove is a filmmaker best known for his production company and the films they’ve produced under the Small Town Monsters banner. Before film, Seth wrote for a number of websites, newspapers and magazines and learned some of the skills he employs as a director while working as a reporter. Seth has also appeared on numerous television and radio programs.
In 2013 Seth began working on the concept for a series titled Small Town Monsters. The first chapter in this series is the film Minerva Monster. Seth wrote and directed the film. He has since begun working on more projects which will fall under the Small Town Monsters umbrella including, Beast of Whitehall, for which he also acted as cinematographer.
Aleksandar Petakov is a young, striving multimedia professional. Born in South Africa to parents from the former Yugoslavia, Aleksandar grew up in the United States. From a young age he became very passionate about filmmaking, history, global occurrences, traveling and cryptozoology. Aleksandar is 2015 cum laude graduate of Quinnipiac University with a BA in Film, Video & Interactive Media with double minors in Political Science and History.