2015: Screening Sessions

Screening documentaries, show previews, and film shorts is a goal for Milwaukee Paranormal Conference in future years. This year, because of our tight one day schedule, we have one hour set aside for a screening session and will be showing parts of two documentaries. Both screenings include a talk session with the documentary directors.

EOTP_poster_web ECHOES OF THE PAST (2015), directed by David Gloyd.

Focused on a mix of history and the paranormal, “Echoes of The Past” is a journey into one of America’s greatest unknown ghost towns. Directed by David Gloyd, this documentary focuses on the once great town of Pere Cheney, Michigan, which has been abandoned for nearly a century. See what remains after plague and fire erased the potential state capitol from the map and listen to the local legends and sightings that have kept locals from venturing out to this location late at night.

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P.I.M.: A PARANORMAL DOCUMENTARY (2015), directed by Bradley James Kroll.

Ghost hunters, sensitives, paranormal investigators; what does it all mean? Lead by Noah Leigh, the Paranormal Investigators of Milwaukee (P.I.M.) investigate most of Wisconsin’s historically haunted landmarks with their scientific approach, teamwork, and state of the art equipment. Find out why they do what they do, what goes into a scientific approach, and what they’ve found along the way. Just because you can’t see something doesn’t mean it can’t see you.

2015 Speakers: Paranormal Investigation and Ghost Stories

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NOAH LEIGH: “Explained Paranormal: Explanations for Common Reports of Paranormal Activity”

Founder and Lead Investigator, Paranormal Investigators of Milwaukee
Noah Leigh founded the Paranormal Investigators of Milwaukee in 2007. He has been interested by the paranormal since he was a child but has never had a personal experience. He believes that most paranormal claims can be explained but the sheer volume of claims are too many to dismiss completely and considers himself skeptically optimistic. Noah is a trained scientist with a BA in Biology and two MS degrees, one in Epidemiology and one in Cell Biology and he is employed as a scientist. Noah uses his scientific training to conduct PIM’s investigations as much as a controlled experiment as possible and believes that true evidence of the paranormal needs to be determined via careful experimentation and measurements. Noah has conducted classes through the West Allis/West Milwaukee and Cudahy recreation departments as well as UW-Waukesha talking about the history of paranormal investigation and proper equipment use. Noah firmly believe that utilizing the best that science currently has to offer combined with thinking outside the box will be the best way to find answers regarding the paranormal.

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ALLISON JORNLIN: “Milwaukee Forteana”

Founder, Milwaukee Ghosts– Tours and Investigations

Could Milwaukee be even stranger than you realize? This presentation by Allison Jornlin from milwaukeeghosts.com features ghost stories and other weird tales from Milwaukee history. Is your television a gateway to another dimension? Can a ghost confess to murder? Do unspeakable creatures lurk in the shadows of our fair city? The fascinating answers to these questions and more will be revealed in this essential primer to Milwaukee mysteries and legends.

Website: www.milwaukeeghosts.com

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MELISSA TANNER: “Use of Response Techniques – Provoking vs Trigger Objects”

Founder and Lead Investigator, TnT Paranormal Investigations

Melissa has held an interest in the paranormal since growing up in SW Missouri and being exposed to civil war battlefields and mining sites where activity was reported. Melissa is part skeptic and part believer and loves to try to debunk reported sightings. Before, starting TnT Paranormal Investigations, Melissa has investigated with several paranormal groups, as well as investigated at some of the most haunted locations in America. She has over 8 years of paranormal investigation experience and has used those experiences to hone her skills as a paranormal investigator. Melissa is also the editor and a contributor for the newsletter Bumps in the Night, a TnT Paranormal monthly newsletter.

Melissa, along with co-founder Annette Turner, formed TnT Paranormal Investigators in the fall of 2009. Melissa and TnT Paranormal Investigators have conducted close to a hundred investigations in its short existence. Most of those investigations being for clients that have contacted us for assistance.

Melissa has spoken at over 80 conferences, libraries, historical societies, museums, and park districts on various topic related to the paranormal from the basic to being an investigator to the dangers of provoking. She has also been featured guest on several radio stations across the US and had a few television interviews. Melissa has had many interviews and articles published in newspapers, newsletters, and magazines across the US. In 2011, Melissa was featured in Season 2 of My Ghost Story with data from a local Chicago case. In 2014, Melissa was awarded the Investigator of the Year award from the Paranormal Award.

In addition to the paranormal Melissa’s interests include movies, music, reading, and playing the guitar.

Website: www.tntparanormal.com

PANEL: Noah Leigh, Melissa Tanner, Valerie Kedrowski (Stevens Point Paranormal)– details TBA.

TOURS and TAG-A-LONG INVESTIGATIONS: We will have a couple opportunities for joining up with ghost tours and also an event joining Paranormal Investigators of Milwaukee in the field. More info soon.

Milwaukee Paranormal Conference 2015 Line Up

Let’s hear a round of applause for our 2015 speakers and panels! Our guests include a variety of experts on subjects of the paranormal. You’ve probably seen some of them on shows like Finding Bigfoot, My Ghost Story, Ghost Adventures: Aftershocks, Monster Quest, Monsters and Mysteries, and The Roswell Crash: Startling New Evidence, among many other media outlets. I’d like to thank the many other people who inquired about speaking at the event. We had a limited number of speaker time slots, and those filled up quickly. We are hoping for a bigger event with more speakers in 2016.

If you click on the speaker’s name, it will lead you to their website. We will be updating this site with speaker bios and talk titles in February and March 2015. Other activities, such as potential documentary screenings, will be updated soon as info becomes available. We still have vendor tables, volunteer and sponsorship opportunities available, see respective tabs on this site. And now, without further ado…

2015 Keynote Speakers

Donald R. Schmitt, expert on UFOs and the Roswell Crash, author of UFO Crash at Roswell, Witness to Roswell, and Inside the Real Area 51: the Secret History of Wright Patterson.

Linda S. Godfrey, author of The Beast of Bray Road: Tailing America’s Werewolf, Weird Wisconsin, and American Monsters: A History of Monster Lore, Legends, and Sightings in America.

Noah Leigh, founder and lead investigator, Paranormal Investigators of Milwaukee.

Paranormal Investigation/ Ghosts

Melissa Tanner, founder and lead investigator, TnT Paranormal Investigations.

Allison Jornlin, ghost historian and proprietor of Milwaukee Ghosts Tours & Investigations.

Panel: “Communicating With Clients: Dos and Don’ts,” Noah Leigh, Melissa Tanner, Valerie Kedrowski (Stevens Point Paranormal).

Sociology

Tea Krulos, author, Monster Hunters: On the Trail With Ghost Hunters, Bigfooters, Ufologists, and Other Paranormal Investigators.

Marc Eaton, professor of sociology, Ripon College.

Cryptozoology & Folklore

J. Nathan Couch, author, Goatman: Flesh or Folklore?

Jim Sherman, Michigan field representative, Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization (as seen on Finding Bigfoot).

Irish Folklore speaker TBA

Ufology

Nick Roesler, author, In Focus: Photographic Evidence of Unconventional Flying Objects.

Mark O’Connell, biographer of Dr. J. Allen Hynek and Mutual UFO Network Chief Investigator for Wisconsin.

Documentary Screening Session

Echoes of the Past (2015), documentary featurette, director David Gloyd.

PIM: A Paranormal Documentary (2015), documentary feature, director Bradley James Kroll.

After Party: Shaker’s Cigar Bar (Milwaukee’s Haunted Bar) details TBA.

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