That might sound like nothing special, but consider this: Schoch has been circulating requests for… wait for it… $604,000 that he wanted to raise to promote fringe history ideas about a lost, Atlantis-style civilization. In 2014 Schoch appeared at a roundtable hosted by financial services company Steven Feldstein & Associates for assistance in raising cash, $604,000 for his research foundation and undisclosed sums for a fictional movie he wanted to make based on his 2012 book Forgotten Civilization. “We have conflict, we have drama!” He participated in Feldstein’s annual business roundtable in 2014, and Feldstein, a true believer in Schoch (“He is changing the history of mankind… one of my heroes!”), gave him a platform to raise money for what Feldstein called “a billion-dollar movie.”
Here’s Schoch’s presentation to Feldstein’s business roundtable:
The unnamed “executive director” took a $12,000 salary in Year One (presumably 2015, based on the late 2014 date of the document), and the organization planned an aggressive public launch for Year Two, which was to include the launch of their publishing house and public outreach efforts. Presumably the higher profile ORACUL is assuming on social media is part of the staged rollout. The organization launched its first fundraising campaign in February of this year and promised to ask for more money in the future:
In the proposal for the movie, Schoch describes himself as “the real-life ‘Indiana Jones’” (because, who isn’t?) and quotes his publisher as calling him “the Galileo of our time.” The film would tell the “epic” story of how evil academics viciously persecuted him for 25 years because he believed the Sphinx to be Paleolithic in origin. Schoch would have presented the Turkish site of Göbekli Tepe, dated to around 12,000 years ago, as dramatic proof of his lost civilization. (This is despite the lack of evidence for agriculture, cities, or other hallmarks of what Schoch proposes this civilization achieved.) The film was to climax with Schoch’s belief that a solar flare destroyed pseudo-Atlantis and will do the same to us, in the last minutes of his film, vindicating him in a fiery consummation. It is “Indiana Jones meets The Day After Tomorrow,” he claims. Schoch says that there is already a screenplay, and he feels that the movie has the potential to be both an international blockbuster and an Academy Award winner, not to mention serving to indoctrinate audiences in fringe history. It is, in short, a planned bit of propaganda.
The proposal also claims that Schoch has developed a spiritual belief in reincarnation: “The film’s ending offers a metaphysical message, as well: that the ancient Egyptians might have been right all along in their belief that, upon death, we are literally reborn as stars in the sky, hinting at a grander cycle of life than heretofore believed.”
So far as I can tell, nothing has come of the movie in the year and a half since Schoch’s presentation.