Interview, Producer/Director Suzanne Taylor by Michelle M. Pillow (Originally published in Paranormal Underground Magazine)
Interview, Producer/Director Suzanne Taylor
What On Earth? … Inside the Crop Circle Mystery
by Michelle M. Pillow, www.michellepillow.com
Documentary filmmaker, Suzanne Taylor discovered crop circles in the 1980s and has been intrigued by them ever since. She is part of an international community of scientists, philosophers, writers, visionary artists, geometers, and farmers, called “croppies”, who dedicate their time to studying this often misunderstood and highly debated phenomenon.
Her newest documentary, What On Earth? … Inside the Crop Circle Mystery, follows her interactions with other croppies as they discuss their theories and beliefs, as well as indulging in their shared passion for circle-chasing and analysis. It seeks to answer the question, Why is something so spectacular and moving is so widely ignored? The documentary explores not on the spiritual aspect of these mysterious images, but the scientific explanations behind the crop circles. “Evidence suggests we are being signaled by an intelligence that’s not our own. That people ignore what is occurring is as unbelievable as the phenomenon itself,” Suzanne says. “Let’s get attention paid to the circle phenomenon. If there’s other intelligence besides ours, we’ll take our place in a much bigger reality than we know now.”
I highly recommend this DVD to anyone interested in deeper exploration of the possible spiritual impact and universally large questions presented by the crop circle phenomenon. It’s available for purchase online at http://cropcirclemovie.com. I would like to thank Producer/Director Suzanne Taylor for taking the time to answer a few questions about her work.
Q: In your documentary, you mention that you first heard about crop circles in the 1980s. How have perceptions of crop circles changed over the last decades? Why do you think people are so profoundly affected by this phenomenon?
Suzanne: No change, other than that early on there were attempts to come up with explanations that didn’t pan out – things like landing pads for UFOs and weather phenomena. The only alternative to something inexplicable that’s left is that people make them.
Those who realize that we cannot be making them are privy to the biggest news ever to hit humanity. If we knew we were not the only intelligence in the universe, we would be one humanity in relation 'the other,' and, as someone in the movie says, "This could be what saves this civilization." Personal growth is a lifetime's work, if not longer, but shifting the worldview that holds all our societal problems in place could happen overnight!
Q: Please, tell us about your new film and why you feel it is so important.
Suzanne: All of the challenges to humanity are held in place by our worldview. It’s fingers in the dike without some change in who we think we are and what we think we are doing here. Since the crop circles could change our worldview, some years ago I made a vow to wake the world up to what is going on with the circle phenomenon, and the best way to inform the word of anything is to make a film.
Q: Do crop circles only appear in crops like wheat and corn? Or do they also appear in other plants, such as strawberries or flowers?
Suzanne: They have been in virtually everything that grows, including young pine trees.
Q: In the documentary, it was mentioned that equipment didn’t work while in flight over the crop circle, as well as cameras and phones. Does this phenomenon only occur directly over the crop circle itself? Or does it affect the surrounding area?
Suzanne: The more common occurrences of electronic equipment not working are in the formations. That happens regularly: cell phones, camera batteries, microphones. I’d not heard about instruments in aircraft being affected until the person in the film mentioned it.
Q: How far back does the evidence of circles go? Are the circles more abundant now than when they originally started appearing? Do you think this is due to copycats trying to create their own circles?
Suzanne: First absolute evidence of a formation is famous in crop circle lore: the mowing devil in 1678. Look it up on Google. Biggest year was approximately 300 in England, in the 90s. Less now. Worldwide lately more like 150 a year, with half in England. But lots are hoaxed – widely disparate opinions about how many.
Q: With the emergence of artists using the medium of crop circles to create things like the commissioned Hello Kitty's 30th anniversary crop circle, what percentage do you think are art as opposed to "other causes"?
Suzanne: Hoaxers defend their work as art. Commissioned pieces are commerce – like Hello Kitty. Very debated how many are hoaxed. And I don’t have figures for commissions, but there are a few each year.
Q: Even if only a small percentage of circles are a mystery, what theories are there concerning the mechanics of how they were made? Do you agree with these theories? Think they have merit? Why or why not?
Suzanne: Scientific consensus seems to be that microwave energy is what makes the “real” ones – that its occurrence in nature is being harnessed by an inexplicable source. And, even if it’s a small percentage, what matters is that we have a real phenomenon. The rest is just noise.
Q: How can we prove there is a real phenomenon?
Suzanne: Best proof is in the scientific studies that have been done with science protocol – real ones exhibit biological changes to the plants and chemical changes to the soil that we can’t account for, and there are no changes in hoaxes. Expensive to do, so not that many. http://bltresearch.com is the lab that has done it all – producing peer reviewed papers in science journals attesting to there being a real phenomenon.
Q: If they are generated by another consciousness, how do we communicate back to them?
Suzanne: Who knows how or whether it’s a good idea to try to do that? It’s a question that does get asked and both debated and speculated about. There have been a couple of times when writing has been done in the crops by people -- English and binary code -- in attempts to communicate back.
Q: How do the circles relate to the idea of synchronicities?
Suzanne: I wouldn’t use that word. However, we clearly are being observed, whereby the circlemakers respond to our thoughts. There are some examples in the film and there are lots more.
Q: What happens to the crop circle after it has been there for awhile? Does the area go back to normal? Do the crops grow again? Does equipment begin to work again? Or is the land permanently affected?
Suzanne: When formations are in young crop, the plants grow back up – no breakage and phototropism takes over, provided people haven’t trampled the crop. If no trampling, the farmers can harvest; if trampling, they don’t get anything from the circle areas, but the harvest is when an event is over. Like Buddhist sand paintings, you can’t preserve them or put them in museums. An ephemeral art. Crops grow the next season, sometimes with a ghost image. Some ghosts are explicable – seeds get ground into the soil and slugs eat them so no crops grow. But other instances of ghosts are not easy to explain. Not my expertise – would have to go to others for info. Good site for anomalies – perhaps like that -- is http://www.circularsite.com, by Dutch researcher, Janet Ossebaard, who’s in my film.
Q: Has any research been done on the areas and any subsequent crops after the crop circle is gone? What were the findings?
Suzanne: No research on that. Someone was doing successive growing from seeds in formations. Each growth got bigger. But he can’t be found now. Steve Purkaple was his name – from Midwest US somewhere.
Q: What do you see the future holding for crop circles? Do you think we’ll ever lose interest in them as a society?
Suzanne: It has been so marginalized now, which is what I’m hoping my film can impact. But total interest will never be lost as long as these beautiful things keep arriving – and there is a rabid circle research community that keeps investing energy so that attention doesn’t disappear, despite an idiotic media that turns out infuriatingly inaccurate information. This last week, National Geographic aired a show they shot last summer, which was one of the most ridiculous presentations ever – so much so that I imagine even skeptics didn’t go along with their premise that it’s all human perpetration.
I hope they will transform us to where we see ourselves as one humanity in a caring, compassionate world.
Q: Why do you think it’s important for us to believe in such “otherworldly” phenomenon?
Suzanne: It’s an unfathomably large universe, and if we weren’t the only intelligence around it would humble us to take our place in relation to all the rest – which would be very good for our megalomaniacal selves that act in such abusive and violent ways towards one another – ‘us and them’ instead of appreciating the wholeness and oneness of which we are just a part.
Q: What’s next for you? Any projects in the works?
Suzanne: Getting this film out is 24/7. This is my mission – not to be a filmmaker, but to let the world know that the circle phenomenon is real and that it can change the world.
Thank you for joining us, Suzanne!
To learn more about Suzanne Taylor’s documentary, What On Earth? … Inside the Crop Circle Mystery, visit http://cropcirclemovie.com for a special offer for the DVD, which contains the feature film plus an hour of bonus material, and http://whatonearththemovie.com to learn more about the film and the circles. You can also check out her blog, Making Sense of These Times, http://www.theconversation.org.
Interview by by Michelle M. Pillow, www.michellepillow.com