August Moon Entertainment and rightafterthis.com are currently in development on Reality, a DocuReality series investigating mysterious phenomena.
Hard-core materialist and professional skeptic Jim Underdown and Leanne Whitney, a more-than-material-minded radical revisionist, join forces to cohost the series. Through their contrasting perspectives they explore fascinating topics from out-of-body experiences to exorcisms and psychic abilities. This is a no-holds-barred documentary series combining cutting-edge science with current philosophical and religious discourse; ultimately leaving it up to the viewer to decide where the truth lies.
Reality’s hosts bring a unique set of skills to this project. James Underdown and Leanne Whitney are the creators and co-executive producers of Reality, where both combine considerable on-camera performer experience with personal knowledge and understanding of production from their own films.
On the science and atheism side is James Underdown, Executive Director of the Center for Inquiry – Los Angeles, and founder of the Independent Investigations Group, the world’s largest paranormal investigations team. He has written for both Skeptical Inquirer and Free Inquiry magazines. Underdown’s 15-year history as a professional secularist and skeptic has positioned him as a national authority on extraordinary claims and beliefs. As such, he has appeared on numerous TV shows including Dr. Phil, Oprah, Freak Show, History’s Mysteries, Miracle Detective, Hannity and Colmes, Penn and Teller’s Bullshit, and Battle of the Psychics in Kiev, Ukraine. He also has experience as a producer and director with his short films, A Day in the Life of Frank Sinatra, The Test, and Dear Father.
On the spiritual side is Leanne Whitney, MA, PhD (abd), RYT, a more-than-material radical revisionist with scholarship in yoga and depth psychology. She has hosted seven pilots for reality TV for various clients including Showtime, MTV, Animal Planet, and the Travel Channel. In 2002 she directed, shot and produced the documentary feature, The Fire Within, which concluded its run on The Documentary Channel in 2012. For over a decade Leanne has been in production on her second documentary feature, Thirsting for God, about the evolution and transformation of human consciousness. She is currently completing her dissertation "Consciousness in Jung and Patañjali."
Although this investigation team is at very different spots on the worldview spectrum, they have a great time exploring ideas together. With humor, intrigue, and insight, Jim and Leanne journey through our mystery-filled world to discover what is real. Come along!