The search for lake monsters gets documentary

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The search for lake monsters gets documentary

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 2:56am -- tim

New mini-series documenting decades of Lake Champlain’s “monster history” is released


Vermont Business Magazine This Saturday, June 16th, Small Town Monsters (2017’s The Mothman of Point Pleasant) and filmmaker Aleksandar Petakov will release On the Trail of… Champ; an examination of the legend and the ongoing search for a bizarre, aquatic creature said to live in the depths of New York and Vermont’s Lake Champlain. On the Trail of… Champ is a five episode mini-series filmed during the summer and early Fall of 2017. Petakov was on and around Lake Champlain for one of the largest, most well-funded searches for Champ in history.


On the Trail of…Champ chronicles North America’s most infamous lake monster, affectionately known as “Champ”. Centuries of lore, sightings and mystery surround this creature as well as well as the lake it calls home. Shot on location at Lake Champlain, Vermont/New York, USA, On the trail of…Champ dives deep into the rich history of the region in connection with Champ, as well as Champ’s cultural impact on many of the rural communities that border the lake. While definitive proof of Champ is yet to be claimed, the monster has certainly succeeded in captivating the hearts and minds of many people, whether witnesses, researchers or fascinated locals. These are their stories…on the trail of Champ. 


“Champ” marks the beginning of the new, ongoing series from Small Town Monsters titled “On the trail of…” and will be followed up in 2019 with a massive search across the Eastern United States for the legendary being called Bigfoot. The series is overseen and produced by Seth and Adrienne Breedlove. On the Trail of… Champ will premiere on DVD and the VIDI Space streaming platform on June 16th before heading to Amazon and Vimeo OnDemand in July. VIDI Space ( is a new online network founded by Nick Groff ("Paranormal Lockdown" / "Ghost Adventures"), Elizabeth Saint ("Ghosts of Shepherdstown"), and Justin Narragon featuring paranormal and supernatural content. 


Small Town Monsters has produced films around the United States which feature local legends and lore; most recently the April-released title, The Flatwoods Monster: A Legacy of Fear. In 2016 the creative team behind Small Town Monsters took home honors at the Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards for their work on the feature-length, Boggy Creek Monster. In 2017, their documentary, The Mothman of Point Pleasant was an Amazon Best Selling documentary for eight straight weeks. On the Trail of… Champ marks their first foray into episodic storytelling.



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