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Through revealing interviews with M. Night Shyamalan's childhood friends and neighbors, Academy Award... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Billy Arrowood ... Himself - Location Scout

Adrien Brody ... Himself

Deepak Chopra ... Himself - Author

Johnny Depp ... Himself

Sean Andrew Fash ... Himself
Callum Greene ... Himself
Adrian M. Hickman ... Video Store Manager
Nathaniel Kahn ... Himself

Maggie Kiley ... Cecilia Meadows

Ilana Levine ... Publicist
Brick Mason ... Himself - Storyboard Artist

Griffin Newman ... Teenage Fan

Chandler Parker ... Javier Ortega

Sharon Pinkenson ... Herself - Film Commissioner

Jicky Schnee ... Jennifer

M. Night Shyamalan ... Himself
Benjamin Smolen ... Shyamalan fan
John F. Street ... Himself - Mayor of Philadelphia
Greg Urban ... Himself - Anthropology Professor

Directed by
Nathaniel Kahn 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Melissa Foster 

Produced by
Geoff Garrett .... associate producer
Callum Greene .... producer
Original Music by
Jeff Beal 
Cinematography by
Robert Richman 
Film Editing by
Brad Fuller 
Geraldine Peroni 
Costume Design by
Luca Mosca 
Production Management
Jen Wall .... production supervisor
Sound Department
Matthew T. Duncan .... sound recordist
Gary Gegan .... sound re-recording mixer
Matthew Iadarola .... supervising sound re-recording mixer
Chris Navarro .... adr recordist
Edward L. O'Connor .... sound recordist
Editorial Department
Nicholas Corrao .... second assistant editor
Jason Marshall .... post-production coordinator
Jon Rocke .... colorist: dailies
Kimberly Saree Tomes .... associate editor
Location Management
Julian Ruhe .... location manager
Music Department
Mason Cooper .... music consultant
James Flatto .... music editor
Katherine Gordon Miller .... music assistant
Craig Pettigrew .... music editor
Other crew
Nana Ashong .... production assistant
Andrew Cinquino .... production assistant
Josh L. Gamez .... production assistant
Benjamin Goldberg .... production coordinator
Brandon Murphy .... production assistant
Peter W. Root .... office production assistant

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This entire film was a mockumentary that was advertised as an unauthorized bio of reclusive director M. Night Shyamalan. After going as far as Shyamalan reporting to the press that he was upset about the release of this film, many fans and journalists became upset when they later learned it was all a hoax. The Sci-Fi channel released an apology a few days before release for their campaign strategies.See more »
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12 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Obviously a hoax, but interesting nevertheless, 18 July 2004

You have to be completely gullible to think that this "documentary" was authentic, as the interviewees are obviously actors, and there are scenes where artificial lighting was obviously used, as in the scenes in the "haunted" house where Night supposedly used to live in. Also, Night isn't much of an actor himself, as you can tell by the interviews conducted with him that he was, well, acting. Then, at the end of the film, the Kahn has a corny coda where we hear Night leaving him a phone message pleading to him not to show this movie because, "the public won't believe a thing he shows", then he proceeds to interview people about their experiences with the supernatural. This is an obvious attempt to dupe the viewer into thinking that what they had just seen was the real thing.

With the said, the movie itself was well-made, and does raise some interesting questions about the nature of documentaries. When you think about it, a documentary is no more a portrayal of the truth as a work of ficiton is, as all documentaries are essentially depicting the truth as viewed by the filmmaker himself. Thus, Kahn's frantic search for supernatural connections in Night's life's are in reality nothing more than his attempt to salvage a project which was falling apart. In a way, all docs are like this, in the sense that the filmmaker starts out with an initial purpose and slant, and then the doc takes on a life of its own.

There's an interesting scene where Kahn is hanging out with Night, and Night gets angry at him because he keep trying to find an "angle" for his movie. Night suggests that not every movie has to have an angle, an interesting commentary on the nature of documentary film-making. Of course, the whole movie is a hoax anyways.

But for me, the most damning evidence of the inauthenticity of the movie were the scenes in Night's old house. If you ever shot a movie on film, which this doc was shot on, you know that when you shoot in dark rooms with boarded up windows, there's not enough lighting for the film to pick up any images. However, somehow Kahn was able to get pristine footage of a darkened room, despite the fact that all the windows are boarded up and there are no sources of sunlight.

Sci-Fi Channel and Kahn should just fess up and admit that Buried Secrets is a publicity stunt, albeit a well-made and perceptive one, to cash in on The Village. I mean, there are commercials for The Village during every break! In a way, this doc is offensive on that it is cashing in on the present craze in belief in the supernatural, and I wonder how those on the other side will react to this after Night and Kahn eventually pass away and enter the other side.

But, that's life, I suppose.

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