This afternoon at least, my single most anticipated picture of the year is Bobcat Goldthwait‘s Willow Creek. It’s his Bigfoot picture, born of his love for, and fascination with the Bigfoot myth, and myth-chasing community. I’ve heard some good things about the film, and I’m certainly a big fan of Bobcat’s previous work, so I’m hoping this makes its way across the Atlantic very soon.
And in the meantime, it’s getting ready for some US festival screenings, including its world premiere at the Boston Independent Film Festival.
The fest’s catalogue includes an image from the film – not a particularly revealing one, mind – as well as this official plot blurb:
Jim and his girlfriend Kelly are in Willow Creek, California, to retrace the steps of Bigfoot researchers Patterson and Gimlin, who, in 1967, recorded the most famous film of the legendary monster. Kelly is a skeptic, along for the ride to spend time with her boyfriend between acting gigs. Jim, a believer, hopes to capture footage of his own, so his camera is constantly rolling.
The small town is a mecca to the Bigfoot community; sasquatch statues guard the local businesses, murals of the missing link line the roads, and Bigfoot burgers are the town delicacy. The couple interview locals who range from skeptic to believer and from manic to completely menacing. Some of the stories they hear are of chance encounters with a gentle creature, while others are tales of mysterious eviscerations.
On the day that Jim and Kelly plan on hiking into the woods to look for proof, they are given a simple warning: “It’s not a joke. You shouldn’t go there.” Despite the ominous message and Kelly’s own reservations, they head deep into the forest to set up camp. The events that follow will make them wish they had simply spent the night at the Bigfoot Motel.
That would appear to be Bryce Johnson and Alexie Gilmore as Jim and Kelly. They’re perhaps best known for their roles in previous Goldthwait films Sleeping Dogs Lie and World’s Greatest Dad respectively… not that there’s any perhaps about it round at my house.
Previously, we heard that the film will be about clashing accounts of Bigfoot:
Goldthwait has apparently mixed satire with some suspense and, overall, his film is apparently rather driven by “exploring the idea of bearing witness.” Makes sense of it being a found footage film, right? And also makes sense of it being Bigfoot.
Because I’m told there are various characters in the film who believe they’ve seen the elusive Sasquatch and they give differing accounts, even come to fight over it. Goldthwait uses this for some observations on faith and religion.
You can perhaps see a little of that idea embodied in this poster for the film. It was designed by Alex Pardee and premiered at Badass Digest.
I’ll keep you posted on more Willow Creek business as it occurs.