- “On the Trail of…Bigfoot” is a six part documentary miniseries by Seth Breedlove of Bolivar.
- A showing of the series, guest speakers, games and vendors is set for Saturday at the Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum.
- Breedlove’s Small Town Monsters has made about 12 films looking at cryptozoology creatures.
- The series looks at Bigfoot history, culture, scientific research and folktales across the country.
COSHOCTON – Whether one believes Sasquatches are real or the stuff of legend, many like filmmaker Seth Breedlove of Bolivar are fascinated with Bigfoot.
A day celebrating all things Bigfoot will be conducted Saturday at the Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum in Roscoe Village. It will feature a screening of Breedlove’s “On the Trail of…Bigfoot” along with other speakers, vendors and games for kids.
Breedlove said it will be the only complete live showing of the documentary series, which runs a little under three hours over six parts. Other events have only shown a few episodes. He also said it will be one of the rare times many involved with the production on screen and behind the camera will be together.
While none of the work was shot in Coshocton, Breedlove said the county is part of a triangle of land in Northeast Ohio that is ripe with Bigfoot sightings and lore. However, Breedlove’s next project “MOMO: The Missouri Monster” did have scenes shot in Coshocton.
Small Town Monsters has released a dozen films examining cryptozoology creatures from small areas such as the Mothman of Point Pleasant, West Virginia, and Champ, a Loch Ness Monster like creature who is said to live in Lake Champlain that straddles Vermont and New York.
“On the Trail of…Bigfoot” is the most ambitious and expansive project for Breedlove’s production company to date. He said the goal was to present a comprehensive examination of Bigfoot including history, scientific research, cultural aspects and folk tales of the apelike creature which many believe roams undetected in forests of the Midwest. The miniseries was designed to appeal to hardcore Bigfoot enthusiasts and those who might only have a passing interest. It was shot across 20 states in 2018.
“What we set out to do with the miniseries was draw attention to a subject that I think is either sort of laughed at or marginally ridiculed,” Breedlove said. “We set out to make a miniseries that would appeal to a general audience who might have an interest in the subject but not understand it or their entire thinking on the subject is around the hokey television shows that are out there. We wanted to do something ground level that shows it’s a subject worth looking into.”
“On the Trail of…Bigfoot” is one of Small Town Monster’s most successful productions as well with about a million views so far combined from YouTube and Amazon. Regardless if Bigfoot is real, Breedlove said the cultural significance and people’s fascination makes it a topic worth examination from different angles. He said the existence of Bigfoot is kind of irrelevant to the work as it’s more about the place Bigfoot has in history and culture. He views his films as ways to encapsulate and preserve these stories, many very regional, for generations to come.
“What intrigues and draws people to the subject I think is the idea that we might have in our backyards an animal that has never been cataloged by scientists,” Breedlove said. “I don’t try to persuade people one way or another to believe or not believe these things are out there, I don’t know where I sit on the whole thing right now, but I think the whole subject is really fascinating.”
If you go…
What: Bigfoot Day
When: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday
Where: Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum, 300 N. Whitewoman St.
Cost: $10, $5 without lunch or for Friends of the Museum members
FYI: Call 740-622-8710 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Learn more about Seth Breedlove and his films at smalltownmonsters.com.