Obliterate Conformity

Some ritual deaths are voluntary: Rio Di Angelo tells an insider’s story of the Heaven’s Gate Cult, who committed mass suicide in 1997.

Director, Producer, Writer: Jan Wellmann

Sudden Death is one episode of HISTORY CHANNEL series STRANGE RITUALS, produced by Fox Television/Incubator TV. Shot around the world, including Russia, Africa, India, China, this series deals with Sex, Magic, Miracles and Murder throughout history to the present.

 

Apocalypse deals with mankind’s obsession with the apocalypse. It is one episode of HISTORY CHANNEL series STRANGE RITUALS, produced by Fox Television/Incubator TV. Shot around the world, including Russia, Africa, India, China, this series deals with Sex, Magic, Miracles and Murder throughout history to the present.

Director, Producer, Writer: Jan Wellmann

 

In Ancient Rome, the Vestal Virgins pledged themselves to a life of chastity. In 1970s China, Anchee Min was forced to live in a Maoist work camp where sexual contact was punishable by death.

Director, Producer, Writer: Jan Wellmann

Forbidden Sex is one episode of HISTORY CHANNEL series STRANGE RITUALS, produced by Fox Television/Incubator TV. Shot around the world, including Russia, Africa, India, China, this series deals with Sex, Magic, Miracles and Murder throughout history to the present.

One of the first interviews with Julian Assange after Wikileaks erupted unto public consciousness. I made this interview in Oslo, Norway, in 2012, after trying to lock him for an interview over several months of back-and-forth and supposedly security checks. After having a 90-minute sushi lunch with him in Berkeley he finally agreed to an interview… in Oslo. I didn’t mind at the time. Oslo isn’t that bad of a city. By the time I was out with the trailer, the studios had sniffed out the property and were offering likely 7-digit range to the protagonist. I was left with a trailer and a learning curve. Meeting a brilliant mind is the best compensation possible.

Teaser of feature doc RIOT ON! that won a host of festival prices and worldwide distribution, and features ourselves as the stars of a mobile entertainment startup that burns through $21m just a tad too fast.

Director: Kim Finn
Writers: Kim Finn, Jan Wellmann, John Hakalax
Producers: Jan Wellmann, John Hakalax
Production Company: Hakalax Productions

 

This clip features General Buttnaked (a.k.a. Joshua Milton Blahyi), who reputedly killed over 25,000 people during the civil war in Liberia, making him history’s greatest mass murderer. I interviewed and filmed him near Monrovia/Liberia in 2008, where he said he had”converted” to Christianity and was saving former child soldiers. During the war Buttnaked and his child soldiers ate human heart (usually infant) and engaged in cannibalism in order to peak their “magic powers”, including the ability to dodge bullets, become invisible, jump 100 feet high, etc.

Buttnaked section starts at 2min22s.

Buttnaked Section Produced by: Jan Wellmann
Incubator TV/Fox Television production

Feature documentary on the private masseur ofHeinrich Himmler, architect of the Holocaust and head of SS. Felix Kersten’s therapies went beyond the ordinary. Supposedly being able to influence Himmler, Kersten was said to have saved thousands of people from certain death. But the truth behind this “hero” is discovered only during the making of this film.

Producer: Jan Wellmann
Director: Arto Koskinen