Written by Danni Remaili
Danni speaks with Attila Kaldy of ‘Moonlark Media’ and ‘Validate’ and VIP presenter of the Oz Paranormal and Spiritual Expo Sydney about life as a filmmaker, paranormal investigator and researcher.
So for those who are new to the paranormal investigative world, (and I say “new” because if you’re already involved you’d most definitely know of this phenomenal man), but Attila Kaldy is possibly one of the most influential filmmakers of the Australian paranormal platform and paranormal investigator of our time. He and his family have infiltrated almost all aspects of the paranormal and are not afraid of pushing the boundaries.
With the Oz Paranormal and Spiritual Expo coming up at the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre in Sydney hosted by our favourite para-peep Peet Banks, I just had to pick the brain of a Ghosts of Oz favourite. Attila Kaldy chats about his role in the upcoming expo and what we can expect from his VIP presentation.
Danni: Attila Kaldy, co-founder of Validate and Moonlark Media, and very dear friend of Ghosts of Oz for many, many years, how are you this evening?
Attila: Great, thank you!
D: So Attila, you’ve done so much in your very short time on Earth (and possibly more in other universes knowing your crazy work ethic), but just to name a few recent projects: in 2007 you launched the series Paranormal Investigators and has been continued over the years. Then in 2012 with your daughter Michelle, My Project UFO took off and asked so many heavy and controversial questions that audiences needed to hear. 2013 saw Phasmophobia (GOO may have made a cameo appearance in that one) and 2014 was In Tenebris (Into the Darkness) as part of the Paranormal Investigators series, this time hosted by Andrea your wife, and Beth Luscombe from Access Paranormal. But tell us, there has been the completion of, in your words, Moonlark Media’s “most ambitious” documentary project to date, Desolate: Urban Exploration in Hungary. Why Hungary? What sparked this journey?
A: Danni, this made perfect sense. My heritage is Hungarian and it just seemed like the perfect fit – a father, daughter and a good friend who has never been exposed to a European culture embark on a road trip to discover abandoned historical locations, but also tap into the paranormal in a country that does not entertain the idea of ‘messing’ with the supernatural. It is quite a mouth full, but the ingredients were so damn attractive, that as a freelance producer and enquirer of the unexplained it was without question – I just had to do it! The story of the journey seems to have surfaced a unique genre that combines travel, urban exploration and the search for paranormal phenomena. I have been searching for the right content that offers a unique taste and I think I’ve found what I‘ve been looking for.
D: You’ve merged 3 of my favourite things together: travel, culture and the paranormal! And just watching the trailer of ‘Desolate’, your cinematography is just exquisite. You and your family are very blessed to have such talent take you around the country, showcasing and launching documentaries true to the Australian paranormal world. What do you hope to do on an international scale now that you’re well and truly paving the way for a paranormal Australia on a global level? If I were to ask you, your reason behind why you do what you do?
A: Thank you, Danni. I am extremely proud of my family and I owe them everything.
We’ve just launched our own VOD channel on Vimeo and I’m happy with the way things are. You have more control over your content (also being global), how and when it’s released without the stress of pitching it to the right network and being concerned about deadlines and how they dissect your work. I’ve been down that road before and it’s not a very pleasant trip.
The reason why I do what I do is because it’s not enough just to exist – I want to live and express life through what I’m passionate about.
D: What did you find most challenging about the production and pre-production of Desolate?
A: You’d probably get the same answer from all producers about their production – raising the funds.
D: With that in mind, Australia is getting psyched for the Oz Paranormal and Spiritual Expo in Sydney, happening at the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre on September 24 and you will be on the VIP Program hosting “Urban Exploration and Fusion with Paranormal”. What can expo go-ers expect from your presentation?
A: Certainly a variety of information but importantly how we can expand our ideas and not limiting ourselves to what we see on major networks or even regard as norm.
D: What do you hope for expo go-ers to walk away with after your VIP presentation?
A: I hope that the audience recognises that there are so many countries in the world that beg to be explored, but also to have the confidence, with the right preparation, to visit and investigate these places.
D: Finally, with your experience as a filmmaker, paranormal investigator and father, what advice can you give young budding paranormal filmmakers wanting to create their own projects? Things to look out for? Things to avoid?
A: Don’t hesitate to contact the right people for advice, pursue your dreams and keep hammering away until you are satisfied with what you have achieved.
D: Perfect advice! Thank you so much Attila for taking time out to speak with me it has been a pleasure hearing from you once again
A: Thank you for the opportunity, Danni.