We’ve been following this saga since September of 2011, when Producer Raul Julia-Levy claimed to have the goods in a film project that would show “evidence of Mayan and extraterrestrial contact, and all of their information will be corroborated by archaeologists”. We doubted that at the time. In March, the hype continued when he described his project, “Revelations of the Mayans 2012 and Beyond” as “every archaeologist’s nightmare.”
He planned to have the film out by December 2012. Defenders and detractors appeared in that comment thread. At that point, I knew things were VERY weird. That is, weirder than on the surface, a DEEP kind of weird.
In October, news came out of disputes and suits. The project was falling apart.
Now we get an update from Hollywood Reporter which includes a summary of the whole sordid tale of Julia-Levy and his partner in the project Elizabeth Theriot.
This is the story of a fairly typical contract dispute, except for the inclusion of Mayan prophesies, extraterrestrials and a colorful filmmaker.
The main character in this story — and the subject of a recent arbitration decision — is Raul Julia-Levy.
This fight to spin how a film about Mayan revelations ended up in disaster landed on the doorstep of arbitrator Gerald F. Phillips.
The resulting decision wasn’t very kind to Julia-Levy. In his findings of fact, Phillips ruled that it was Julia-Levy — not Theriot — who was most to blame for the film’s stoppage.
“Clearly and simply [Julia-Levy] was driven to gain control of the Documentary which he did not have under the Operating Agreement,” wrote Phillips in a decision in late November, a copy of which was obtained by The Hollywood Reporter.
The arbitrator was apparently a victim of intimidation by Julia-Levy. He disclosed that there was NO government support as Julia-Levy said in previous reports to unveil the extraterrestrial connection. In testimony, Theriot said the archaeological documentation was falsified. And at no time was physicist Stephen Hawking ever involved as the producer also bragged.
So, as often happens, the extraordinary claims shatter into a thousand pieces upon further inspection. The house of cards falls. That’s the end to this fiasco.