Several locations in Kansas were targeted last week by a film crew claiming to be making a film about culture in America. Their actions have people across the state wondering whether they've been part of a "Borat"-like prank.
Pastor Greg Smith of Central Community Church says they were contacted by the film crew and were told they were working on a film to be shown in Europe. Smith agreed to let them film the Easter play being performed at the church.
However, at some point, fellow Pastor Clint Dunn knew something was not right. In security camera footage from the church, you can see crew members making preparations to cover the security cameras before attempting to pull off their prank.
Smith says one of the crew members was dressed "biblically" and covered with chains. He believes they were going to disrupt the play going on inside the church at the time.
Dunn quickly took action to prevent that from happening. He locked the doors and abruptly told the audience good-bye.
The film crew also visited Mid-Continent Airport. Officials there are reviewing its media policies after the so-called German documentary film crew made a scene inside the main terminal on Friday.
"We were lied to," says Assistant Airport Director Brad Christopher.
"We were duped."
Authorities say the film crew was not who they said they were. Last month, the group contacted Wichita airport officials about shooting part of their documentary on American culture at Mid-Continent. They arrived Friday and were shown around. Airport employees say they seemed professional.
That is, until the cameras came on and the clothes came off.
Witnesses say it almost looked like pornography. In the middle of the terminal, the film crew began stripping down. They were escorted out of the airport by police, and told to leave.
Wichita Police, along with the Attorney General, are investigating the prank. Airport officials say it wasn't necessarily illegal, but it was unethical and highly inappropriate for a public location where security is paramount.
The film crew says it works for Longman Parke Productions of Los Angeles. LP Productions says it has no crews in Wichita.
The crew also made its way to Topeka and contacted another church as well as our sister station, WIBW. One of the reporters there became suspicious after a member of the crew asked if she had seen the movie "Borat."
"Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan" is a 2006 film staring comedian Sacha Baron Cohen who plays a fake journalist learning more about American culture, embarassing himself for attention. A sequel is said to be in the works, leaving some to wonder if Wichita may make the big screen in coming months.