In February, freelance graphic designer JC DÃ©nariÃ© started documenting paranormal experiences in France on his videoblog, but heâ€™s been interested in the supernatural for 20 years, ever since his brother Fred disappeared mysteriously. In addition to writing an encyclopedia about aliens, demons, and other strange things, JCâ€™s findings have since been picked up by a production company eager to produce a reality TV mini-series called Faits Divers Paranormaux, or Supernatural Oddities. JCâ€™s findings in 26 short episodes will be broadcast Monday through Thursday evenings at 20:30 on Orangeâ€™s CinÃ©choc.
Encouraged by JCâ€™s investigations, since March, people all over France have been submitting their own experiences of the supernatural, in a kind of â€œparanormal urban hunt.â€ JC continues to delve deeper into the unnatural and the uncanny all around France, â€œassistedâ€ by his wife Muriel and his mother-in-law Simone (who is also on Facebook). By signing on to the Faits Divers Paranormaux site with a Facebook account, players can earn points, badges, and prizes as they take quizzes, submit content, and engage in the online community. Other features, including the â€œparanormal urban hunt,â€ encourage people to capture and share evidence of the supernatural using their mobile devices. Prizes include True Blood and Harry Potter DVDs and a chance to win a trip to a film festival in Deauville, France.