Concordia Studio Sets Non-Fiction Slate with Docs about Psychedelics, the Enfield Poltergeist

The Happening
Graham Morris

Archival still from ‘The Happenings’ Enfield, UK 1977

A docuseries about the Navajo Nation police department is also a part of the studio's latest projects.

Concordia Studio — the production outfit headed by Davis Guggenheim and Jonathan King — has added to its non-fiction slate with projects that cover psychedelics, The Enfield Poltergeist and the Navajo Nation Police Department.

Docuseries Phantastica hails from acclaimed filmmakers Amir Bar-Lev and Ken Dornstein (Long Strange Trip) and will focus on "the past, present, and future of psychedelics in America, bridging the story of the current renaissance with the history of the failed first era of psychedelics," according to today's announcement.

"For anyone who hears the word 'psychedelic' and thinks they know the story, we’re excited to take them on an emotional, mind-bending journey to places they might never have expected," said Bar-Lev and Dornstein, who will also produce, with Concordia’s Guggenheim, Jonathan Silberberg, and Nicole Stott executive producing.

Docuseries The Happenings will be a re-investigation of the famous poltergeist haunting — the Enfield poltergeist — which inspired horror movies Poltergeist and The Conjuring 2. Featuring rare audio archives and first-hand witnesses, the series is described as an "ambitious genre piece that will, like any good detective story, dig deep beneath the surface to ask what really happened."

The project was originated by MetFilm Production and will be produced by Al Morrow and Stewart Le Maréchal, alongside Jerry Rothwell.

"The Enfield Poltergeist of 1977 was a product of its times — a set of events echoing the fears and uncertainties of a world in turmoil," said Rothwell and Morrow. "With access to hundreds of hours of unique and ambiguous evidence, we want to immerse an audience in a story that excites our universal fascination with the unexplained. We are delighted to partner with Concordia Studio to share this extraordinary story."

The final project on the new slate is an untitled six-part docuseries that examines the Navajo Nation Police department through the lens of a new class of recruits. The series will follow "a year's training where divided loyalties, rampant violence, and an unforgiving landscape create danger at every turn. It's true-crime and coming-of-age in the modern wild west."

Filmmakers Kahlil Hudson and Alex Jablonski, who previously collaborated on the PBS Emmy Award-winning Wildland, are behind the docuseries and will work alongside David Nordstrom, along with the executive producers from Concordia Studio.

"Concordia Studio has quickly established itself as a home for the most dynamic documentary filmmakers working today," said Hudson and Jablonski in a statement. "We’re grateful and excited to partner with them to tell this multi-layered story of a long-oppressed minority policing itself in a collective act of autonomy and survival."

"We are thrilled to add these three exceptional titles to our slate and to collaborate with these filmmakers who each have their own uniquely bold vision for what nonfiction stories can accomplish," added Concordia's Stott and Silberberg. "Their creative intentions, paired with their unprecedented access to elements in telling three vastly different stories make us incredibly excited to support them in bringing their work to audiences."

The studio’s nonfiction slate includes the recent release Boys State, which was picked up out of Sundance by Apple and A24, Guggenheim's Inside Bill's Brain for Netflix and Where's My Roy Cohn? from Sony Pictures Classics.