'Beyond Sunken City' (BSC) is a one-hour documentary that sets out for the first time, to find the common psychic threads between countless tragedies, collapsing land and vanishing cultures. From the untimely demise of Natalie Wood, to USC star kicker Mario Dinelo and a host of others who faced their fate -- some moving on, while others were left behind, BSC opens the door to an extraordinary urban paranormal story! And is the pilot concept for a series to be hosted from the eerie and magnificent opening in the earth called 'Sunken City'.
BSC is an urban paranormal tale set in San Pedro, California at the entrance to the port of Los Angeles, one of the world's largest maritime facilities. It's not your typical Southern California beach resort. It's predominantly a working class neighborhood with an ocean-view and a beach, sandwiched between a massive port and an oil refinery. But despite its spectacular surroundings and bustling urban context -- local residents know there's something inexplicable going at Pt. Fermin.
Historically the treacherous outcropping and its surrounding beaches, cliffs and waters, have seen more than their share of tragedies including hundreds of murders, suicides, freak accidents, navigational catastrophes and natural disasters dating back generations. It represents a fragile interface between land and sea, cultures and history, life and death.
The cliffs surrounding Point Fermin have also been the scene of numerous and massive landslides -- consuming whole neighborhoods at a moment’s notice. 'Sunken City' as it is known by local residents, is where California actually does fall into the ocean. It also happens to be the place of 'first contact' between European Conquistador and explorer Juan Rodriguez de Cabrillo and native Tongvan tribes in 1574.
There's a haunting vibration here that draws people to the ultimate precipice.
Is it an ancient curse? A mystical vortex? Is it haunted, or just a dangerous place to be?
Martinez Brothers Films LLC
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Jose R. Martinez