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An Interview with Paul Dadrian, Director of Hoia-Baciu Forest: Beyond the Legend

by Mike Haberfelner

July 2015

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Hoia-Baciu Forest: Beyond the Legend is a documentary about the world’s most haunted forest. This strange place, anchored in the heart of Transylvania, is the home of many urban legends, paranormal apparitions and UFO sightings. There have been many reports of strange phenomena over the years and we are looking to investigate the truth behind this seemingly fantastical place.


Even though Hoia-Baciu Forest: Beyond the Legend is a documentary, you also describe it as horror - explain!


We all know that the truth can be stranger than fiction... but sometimes that truth is absolutely terrifying. This place is like the ground zone for anything creepy. Some researchers believe that Hoia-Baciu Forest is a portal that could provide access to another dimension.

To be honest, this forest scares the crap out of its visitors. Therefore, we’ll try to scare the crap out of our viewers.


What inspired you to make a documentary about the Hoia-Baciu Forest in the first place, and do you have any kind of personal relationship to the region?


I was always fascinated with that place. I grew up nearby... so I used to visit it quite frequently. Plus that I have experienced some bizzare phenomena out there.


Please describe the Hoia-Baciu Forest as such for a bit?


As I said on our campaign webpage, this is a place where the normal embraces the paranormal in an absolutely irresistible harmony. For real. I mean this forest has a reputation for an unusually intense paranormal activity. Visitors often report UFO sightings, ghostly apparitions, strange faces and figures appearing in photographs (that were not visible with the naked eye), missing time, orbs of light wandering around, intense feelings of anxiety and being constantly watched... and many more.


What are some of the most prominent legends about the Hoia-Baciu Forest, and how much research went into this background for your documentary?


Well... the forest was named after a shepherd who disappeared in the area alongside his sheep. The people who live near the forest are afraid to enter it due to the stories and legends that have been handed down. They believe that those who visit the place will never return back home. Many of the locals who have been brave enough to venture into the forest complained of physical harm, including nausea, bad migraines, vomiting, unexplained burns, powerful anxiety and other unusual sensations.

The actual script involved a truly enormous amount of research. It was written with Rodica Bretin, a Romanian scientific researcher and award winning writer.


What can you tell us about your team you will actually take with you to the Hoia-Baciu Forest, and why exactly these people?


I started this project with Alin Stefanescu, a friend of mine who helped me with the other documentary I made. He has a background in psychology. Together, we got in touch with specialists in several fields of expertise and with witnesses who are ready to recount their exceptional experiences.


A few words about your intended directorial approach to your subject at hand?


I love those old school mockumentaries and I want to do something similar here. Only that this time... everything you’ll see is real. Think about a film that will present you the actual story in a rigorous way, but combine that with some disturbing Lynchian overtones.

By the way... I recommend a documentary you should watch. It’s called Killer Legends, directed by Joshua Zeman. I tought it was pretty good. Inspirational.


As far as I know, you're presently still raising funds for Hoia-Baciu Forest: Beyond the Legend - so what can you tell us about your fundraising efforts?


Yeah. We managed to raise some money from personal funds. But that is not enough. We made the last documentary only from personal funds and we didn’t managed to finalize all the basic ideas as intended, including translating it into English. Therefore, this time we want to do a professional project that would meet all the criteria of an excellent documentary. To do that, we need all the help we can get.


Once your budget's in place, what's the schedule?


Once the funds are raised, we will have a few days for final preparations, followed by four weeks shooting schedule. After that there will be something like two months of editing, finishing the musical score and credits to work on. If all goes according to plan, our audience will see the project at the end of this fall.


Any idea when and where Hoia-Baciu Forest: Beyond the Legend might be released yet, however tentatively?


I don’t know that yet. But it will be available for free watching, online, that’s for sure.


Any future projects beyond Hoia-Baciu Forest: Beyond the Legend you'd like to share?


I’m currently working on a novel. It will be released at the beginning of 2016. Can't really say much yet.

Also I used to do a weekly paranormal radio show, where I invited Romanian researchers, writers and witnesses to discuss various subjects. Maybe I’ll come back on air with something similar to that.


What got you into filmmaking to begin with, and did you receive any formal training on the subject?


I am a cinephile. I love movies. Especially the horror genre.

About two years ago, I made a documentary about the most mysterious places in Romania. Among the people I worked with there were TV producers and student filmmakers. So I learned a few tricks then. Some of them will be involved in this project as well.


What can you tell us about your filmwork prior to Hoia-Baciu Forest: Beyond the Legend?


I made a documentary about the most mysterious places in Romania, exclusively from personal funds. It was shown on a local television channel. You can watch the full video on YouTube. Unfortunately, it’s not subtitled in English, but we hope that we’ll be able to translate that as well.


How would you describe yourself as a director?


Passionate and creative. Respect the craft, I always say. And don’t mess things up.


Filmmakers who inspire you?


The ones who can make a seriously twisted movie. David Lynch, Alejandro Jodorowsky, David Cronenberg, Gregg Araki, John Waters, Eli Roth, pretty much any filmmaker from the “golden age” of Italian horror and many others…


Your favourite movies?


I couldn't do a list, but I think everyone should watch Let The Right One In. That movie is just too good.


... and of course, films you really deplore?


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Website (will be online by the end of this week):

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Anything else you are dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?


I absolutely love your website. It is an honor to be listed here, among this weirdly beautiful people.


Thanks for the interview!


Thank you!


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