Granite City man making docuseries (continued)

“We’ll do a couple days here and there,” Baumgartner said. “Once shot and completed, then hopefully it will be distributed a couple months after that on video on demand. Right now I’m getting everything set up, not only funding wise. The script on this is written to a certain extent, but as I’m working with businesses and individuals there will be changes because it’s an interview style, with a reality component.” 

Baumgartner said he’s had experiences with the unexplained since he was young. 

“I brushed it off as a child,” he said. “But growing up and older, experiencing things in my life, there was a time I just wasn’t strong. The period progressing from that, I found I sensed things more, almost like as a child.”

“My Haunted History” will be the first time Baumgartner puts a paranormal twist on the content. 

“I want, in my show, to show that it’s not a big huge deal when dealing with something,” he said. “People are scared to tell anyone else, because they’ll be personified as crazy. I want to show you’re not, you’re not crazy. We are alive right now, but there are other realms in this life.

“I’m so humbled with everyone here in Granite City, including the mayor,” he said. “I met with him last week. He let me borrow a pictorial book of Granite City and honestly I have loved it. I’ve been looking through it every single day. It’s so interesting the history of this place.” 

His love of the entertainment industry was passion-based at first, he recalled. 

“It progressed as I worked with people in the industry,” said Baumgartner, who did a couple plays with Missoula Children’s Theater as a youngster. He also was editor-in-chief of a newspaper he started in high school, The Bronc Writer, based in Blackfoot, Idaho, that won state competition for a couple years.

“I’m still very proud of that,” he said. 

Baumgartner also has been greenlit for a horror project to be filmed in Granite City in fall 2022. 

“I actually got published and wrote a screenplay with a friend, winning an award in a film festival, and it actually got published and now is greenlit to be turned into a movie, called ‘FAIR,’” he said. “It’s on Amazon.” 

Baumgartner has been acting for about seven years in independent films, with some television and Netflix opportunities. 

“I’m still building up in the industry, as well,” said Baumgartner, who grew up with a family with media background. His mother was a news director for Fox and NBC affiliates for years in Idaho. 

Born in Utah, he grew up in Idaho, although his father was born in St. Louis. 

“I moved to New Orleans because there’s lots of history there,” said Baumgartner, who also has lived in Oregon. “I’d never been past the Rockies.

“When I closed my eyes and pointed to the map, I was humbled because it was almost like my ancestors were bringing me back,” he said. “Another interesting thing about this area for me, as well, is my ancestors created the town of Hermann (Missouri). There are streets named after Baumgartner in St. Louis.”

For more information contact Baumgartner at or visit “My Haunted History’s” IMDb page. Social media will come later, Baumgartner said. 

Jill Moon is an award-winning journalist and features editor for Hearst Newspapers. She also is editor-in-chief of Hearst’s award-winning On the Edge of the Weekend monthly culture and entertainment magazine.