About The Film-maker

Renée Scheltema is a Dutch documentary filmmaker and photographer. After her degree in Criminology at Leiden University, she visited the University of California in Berkeley, School of Journalism. Her main subjects were TV-Journalism and Photo-Journalism. For 30 years Renée has worked for Dutch television as a director, producer and camera-person. Some of her documentaries, like “Hush, A Portrait of Tracy Payne”, “Seven Days in Burma”, “The Death Penalty”, “Portrait of A Zen Couple” and “The Bus” were selected at international film festivals. Renée finished her award-winning documentary feature called “Something Unknown Is Doing We Don’t Know What” in 2009. Today in 2018, she is working on a feature documentary called “Normal Is Over The Movie”.

As a photographer, Renée has been working for magazines and newspapers in Holland, the US, and South Africa. She was a member of Gamma Liaison in New York, now called Getty Images.



 When a few curious psychic events happened around her all at once,  Renée set out to the US to meet with top scientists, para-psychologists, psychologists, physicians, and doctors, who are doing scientific research in this field.

 She found that today’s scientific experiments show numerous kinds of connections : ‘mind to mind’ ; ‘mind to body’ and ‘mind to world’, demonstrating that psychic abilities are part of our inherent nature. Renée basically filmed, produced, and edited this journey on her own. And so we get an intimate portrait of these frontier scientists, interwoven with anecdotes from celebrities within the field, like psychic detective Nancy Myer, author Arielle Ford, astronaut Dr Edgar Mitchell and psychic Catherine Yunt..









“There are only two ways to live your life;
One is as though nothing is a miracle.
The other is as if to everything is.
I believe in the latter”
Albert Einstein




Award winning documentary ( 105’ min)
By Renée Scheltema

Is it possible that some people can read your mind, “Telepathy“? or look into the future, “Clairvoyancy“? Why is it that some people can cure themselves while in the last stages of a deadly cancer, “Healing“? . Does mind over matter really exist, and if so, how do we explain this “Telekinesis“?
In the US millions of people claim to ‘see’ distant objects or places “Remote Viewing“. Where is the boundary between ‘real’ magical powers and fraud? Can these ‘miracles of the mind’ be explained?

These and more questions will be answered in the quirky feature award winning, documentary “Something Unknown is doing we don’t know what ” by Dutch filmmaker Renée Scheltema, who was inspired to explore the realms of psychic phenomena after a series of curious and unexplainable events happened around her all in a short period of time.

She travelled to the US to meet up with the top scientists, para-psychologists, psychologists, physicians, and doctors within the field of research, like Prof Charles Tart, Prof Gary Schwartz, Dr Larry Dossey and Dr Dean Radin. Along the way she collects anecdotal stories from celebrities within the field, such as psychic detective Nancy Myer, author Arielle Ford, astronaut Dr Edgar Mitchell and intuitive Catherine Yunt.
Renée found that experiments of today reveal how science is verifying numerous kinds of connections : ‘mind to mind’; ‘mind to body’ and ‘mind to world’, demonstrating that psychic abilities are part of our inherent nature.

Technical Information

Format and length: Feature Documentary
105’ min. HD. Available in PAL & NTSC.
Subject: Science behind Psychic Phenomena
Filmed on location in: The US, Holland and South Africa
Associate Producer: Paul Verhoeven
Filmmaker & Executive Producer: Telekan, Renée Scheltema

Prof Charles Tart
Dr. Dean Radin
Prof. Gary Schwartz
Dr Roger Nelson
Dr Rupert Sheldrake
Dr Hall Puthoff
Dr Larry Dossey

Arielle Ford
Dr Edgar Mitchell
Dr Jack Houck
Dr David Dosa
Rebecca Good
Nancy Myer

CIE Fred Foundation
BOS-TV Netherlands
CoBo Funds Netherlands
Telekan CC



“…This is better than “What the Bleep !..”


– Rebecca Good, Nurse and Therapeutic Touch Practitioner


“…Grounded in a century’s worth of data from psychical research and situated in the entangled realms of quantum theory, this movie will expand your horizons and broaden your worldview. Sit back, secure your seat belt, open your mind, and enjoy a new lens of perception. You won’t want to miss it!”

– Marilyn Mandala Schlitz, Ph.D.
President/CEO Institute of Noetic Sciences


” It is the most courageous, elegant, artistic, thorough, and thoughtful film I know about the mysteries and nonlocal manifestations of consciousness. You stayed neutral throughout and avoided evangelizing for, or condemning, any particular perspective..”


– Dr Larry Dossey, Physcian & Author


“Something Unknown takes us into the labs of several leading parapsychologists for a front row view into their current investigations. Compelling evidence for psychic phenomena is presented, along with thoughtful, even passionate testimony about the meaning and implications of these findings for humanity. Renee Scheltema has done a great service for parapsychology in creating this artistic and unbiased documentary.”


-Sally Rhine Feather, Ph.D.
Executive Director of the Rhine Research Center


“Something Unknown…. is frankly one of the most artistic, comprehensive, beautiful, clear, fair and visionary documentaries on parapsychology and spirituality I have ever seen….”


– Dr Gary E. Schwartz, Ph.D.
Prof. of Psychology at The University of Arizona


“I feel a profound sense of gratitude having been included in such a beautiful work of art. There was power, passion and wisdom in the languaging and the visuals were stunning. It totally deserved getting the award.”


– Melinda Connor, Scientist


“This is probably the best educational film on parapsychology and its implications that has ever been made. If you want to see and hear many of the most creative scientists doing research in this area and find out what we know, I can’t recommend this film more highly! “

– Charles T. Tart, Ph.D.
Prof. Em. Psychology, UC Davis, Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, and Author


“This Film is so heart touching. It is a`Must-have-seen-Movie-and-DVD´. I am so greatful you made this wonderful documentary on the most important question one can think about: Who is moving the world, is moving me?  My body, mind, thoughts, emotions? I love this film, because It shows  and leads to that great Unknown,  that is behind and beyond and between….G.O.D”


– Sabine Metz-Hammer


“Hi Renee. I just watched your video. It was great! Thanks for your pioneering efforts in raising awareness of connection.”


– Cari


“I wanted to congratulate you on your film.  I thought it was really really remarkable.  It was riveting to say the least and I was so disappointed when the movie ended.”


– Mary


– WINNER JURY AWARD International Arizona Film Festival

– 2010 COVR Visionary Award, 1st runner up

– Official Selection Santa Fe Film Festival

– Official Selection Doc Fest Berlin

– Official Selection Durban Film Festival

– Official Selection Los Angeles FGFF

– Official Selection Spirit Quest Film Fest.

– Official Selection SCFF

– Official Selection CCFF, Frankfurt

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