Syfy TV show casts net for hauntings in Walla Walla

The new Walla Walla Film Office hopes an episode of 'Haunted Collector' could be in the works here.

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The new Walla Walla Film Office is hunting for hauntings.

The office that launched earlier this month and has already landed one reality-based docu-series is working on plans for its next television production in Walla Walla, an episode of SyFy's "Haunted Collector."

Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive Officer David Woolson, who also leads the Walla Walla Film Office, said he's looking for local stories of paranormal activities from haunted property owners. If there are enough, producers may choose the community for an upcoming episode.

The show follows John Zaffis, described as an eminent paranormal researcher and world-renowned demonologist, and his team as they help regular people by confronting the paranormal objects in their lives. The items -- from articles of clothing to statues to furniture -- are collected and stored in a Zaffis family museum.

According to the series' online information, haunted items can be identified by an increase in spiritual activity in and around them after they have been introduced to the property. Those who suspect an item is haunted could try removing it for a few days to see if such activity decreases. Items tracked down by the Zaffis family and other team members include paintings, guns, jewelry and dolls.

Those with such items should email Woolson at dwoolson@wwvchamber.com.

The show could be the second for the community under Woolson's recruitment efforts.

Crews have already been in town this week on the first endeavor, the reality docu-series "Road Show" in the works for AMC.

The show aims to feature the talent and incredible back stories throughout the smaller pockets of America. Crews for that series are expected to be here through Saturday.

Woolson, in the meantime, was expected to meet today with the Washington Film Works office in Seattle. That organization, integrated from the Washington State Film Office in 2009, is a nonprofit that offers production support from location scouting to financial incentives to encourage economic development through film and video production across the state.

The organization recently featured Walla Walla on the cover of its newsletter as a way to market the community for productions.

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