A Kamloops-based podcast will soon see a video series spinoff focusing on the paranormal thanks to an unexpected opportunity to receive grant money through the Telus Storyhive program.
Todd Sullivan and Carlo Sia have put out 20 episodes of their podcast series Half-Cut Conspiracies, in which the two examine popular conspiracy theories while imbibing liberally.
The two met in the theatre world, with Sullivan as director and Sia as actor. After conspiracies came up as a topic of conversation after a few drinks one evening, the idea was born.
"Maybe we should record ourselves talking about it and turn it into a podcast?" Sullivan remembers thinking.
When Telus' Storyhive program issued an open call for projects, Sia and Sullivan pitched a video version of their project and were given $5,000 to make it happen.
The two will submit their work by Sept. 15, but prior to that, they want to add a little more, asking Kamloops residents to reach out with their paranormal experiences.
So far, the video series, called Half Cut: Myths and Mysteries, includes chats with local ghost hunters and other purveyors of the paranormal.
Sullivan himself isn't entirely convinced by the idea of paranormal experiences, but he's not ruling it out, either. There was an incident that happened in a supposedly haunted hotel room in Barkerville.
He recalled one night, while sleeping in bed with his girlfriend, feeling a pressure on the edge of the bed, as if she was getting up or had just returned. But when he rolled over to look, she was fast asleep.
"I could say it was maybe a ghost. I don't think it was, but it was an experience I can't explain," he said.
Sia and Sullivan are hoping to chat with Kamloops locals who have had mysterious experiences, like seeing a ghost, strange objects in the sky or mysterious creatures in the woods.
"It's been very focused on the ghosty side of things so far, but it'd also be fun to include other experiences, as well," Sullivan said.
Anyone interested in sharing their own paranormal experience can reach out to Sullivan by email at firstname.lastname@example.org before Friday, Aug. 20.