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The prepper/survivalist community are, to a man, secretive. It’s part of the deal; when the SHTF or it’s TEOTWAWKI, you don’t want less prepared folks knowing the what, when and where of your redoubt. Not to put too fine a point on it, preppers like publicity about as much as Paris Hilton likes obscurity. Former Atlantic Magazine house gun guy Dan Baum discovered prepper recalcitrance when he posted a “weapons cache kook wanted” notice on What’s the bet Screaming Flea Productions producer Michelle Reindal’s request [after the jump] gets the same response as Mr. Baum’s abandoned entreaty? And although guns aren’t mentioned on Reindal’s come-on, nothing says nutcase—I mean “drama” better than a lot of guns and ammo, and a demo of same. No matter how the producers of Doggie Day Care and Hoarders play it, this will not end well for someone . . .


I’m currently casting for a pilot television show about preppers/survivalists. I think you may be a great resource for finding well prepared people, who would be open to appearing on camera. I’m wondering if you would be willing to post this info on your blog or website, or just pass this info along to anyone you think would be interested.

The gist:
It’s a 30 minute show, and we will feature two stories. We are mostly interested in seeing what the person has prepared or prepped, and right now we’re specifically looking for someone with a stocked bunker or extensive prep. The idea is to meet the person and see what they’ve prepared, then bring in a survivalist expert to evaluate how long you could actually live for if a catastrophe were to happen.

The purpose of the show is not to exploit beliefs, we actually want to cast people who the viewers will be able to relate to. We also want to feature someone who has prepped extensively, either in the home, or in a bunker. We really want something visually stunning.

This has been extremely hard to cast because of the secretive nature of the people who are preparing–which is completely understandable. I am contacting you because I think it’s important to get the word out about survivalists/preppers–that they aren’t all crazy people, that most of them are smart, well-informed people who we could take a lesson from. And I am hoping you will be able to pass this info along if you know someone who may be interested in participating.

We can provide full anonymity, and compensation is $1000 for the person who is chosen.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you for your time!

Michelle Reindal | producer | screaming flea productions |  mreindal AT

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  1. “Okay, everyone wishing to be mocked, heckled, have things thrown at your head, arrested and incarcerated , please come to the front of the room and line up on stage.”

  2. That exact format, with the exception of the “full anonymity” was recently done by NGTV for a show called Doomsday Preppers.

    I do not see this being a very original concept but I do see it being very timely. I’m sure more people are expressing interest in ‘prepping’ when they hear about it online, talk radio on in other media outlets. It makes sense that it would be getting more exposure on TV.

  3. After interviewing the semi-normal crowd gets to boring for viewers, the 3rd episode goes like this..

    “I’m not crazy. You guys are crazy. *DING* oh,.. my ramen is done. I have to run back to my buried sea crate bunker to and lock myself back in now. … No really the ramen is getting cold and I have to tend to my underground hydroponics station. … no you can’t see inside, …no really. You make me a little nervous. Who sent you here? …. Just take your $1000 and leave and go tell your N. Korean masters THEY’LL NEVER TAKE ME ALIVE!!!! **RATTATTATTATTTATTTTTATTTA!!!**”

  4. *Of Course* they’re looking for someone with a “well-stocked Bunker” to subtly ridicule! Nobody would watch an interview with ordinarily prudent people who (as FEMA suggests) keep several days of food and drinking water on hand, along with a battery or hand-cranked radio, and flashlights and a first aid kit, and perhaps a firearm for self-defense.

    The cold war is over and Y2K was only a New Year’s Party, so A&E is really looking for a “Hoarders: Guns And Food” series.

  5. I always thought the CRUCIAL point of preparedness was not “how long could you last,” but “can you outlast everyone else.” Get me to the point in time following a crisis when only me OR me and friendlies remain standing, and I’m good to go. I or we can improvise from there.

  6. Sad thing is, they’ll find someone willing to reveal their stash in exchange for a little bit of cash and a small chunk of “fame.”

    There are attention whores out there who are more than willing to humiliate themselves and anyone close to them in exchange for a few minutes of Reality TV notoriety.

    If you don’t believe me, turn on your television, they’re all over the place there.


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