Friday, September 30, 2011

Two-Hour Specials and Comicon Appearances for Finding Bigfoot




Now that the official press release is out, I can finally tell you a little about what 's going on with Finding Bigfoot.  On October 30, a special two-hour episode will air, and I strongly suspect you will love it.  We visit Bluff Creek, CA and delve into the history of bigfoot in America.  While I cannot spoil any secrets about what we do nor who we speak to, I can absolutely promise you that any bigfooter will want to see this episode.  I know that filming it was nothing less than historic for several reasons, and I'm sure much of the great stuff will make the editing cut.  


You can look forward to a written commentary about the episode (as soon as I see it...  I'll be on 
the road filming season 2 when it airs, so I'm not sure i'll see it right away...), as well as a video debrief with Craig Flipy when I return to Portland.


Additionally, the cast of Finding Bigfoot will partake in a panel discussion at the New York Comicon convention on October 14th.  More on this, as well as the two-hour special as the dates grow closer.


Here's the press release from Animal Planet (with slight factual errors and all...):

ANIMAL PLANET’S FINDING BIGFOOT RETURNS TO THE WOODS TO INVESTIGATE SASQUATCH’S ORIGIN IN HALLOWEEN SPECIAL



This fall, the Bigfoot Field Research Organization (BFRO) team from Animal Planet's FINDING BIGFOOT trudges deep into California's Redwood forest to investigate one of the most infamous and disputed pieces of Bigfoot evidence ever - the Patterson-Gimlin footage. Premiering Sunday, October 30, at 9 PM (ET/PT), the two-hour special FINDING BIGFOOT: BIRTH OF A LEGEND takes viewers to the site where the notorious footage was captured to investigate the elusive beast's existence and settle the more than 50-year-old debate originated by the tape. 

Outfitted with the latest technology, including night-vision and infrared cameras, the BFRO team also scours the Redwoods to uncover additional evidence of the presence of Sasquatch. With more Bigfoot signals discovered in the Redwoods than anywhere else in North America, each broken branch or peculiar noise could mean a Squatch is lurking nearby.

Prior to the debut of the special, the BFRO team will make an appearance at this year's New York Comic Con convention. On Friday, October 14, at 6:30 PM, the entire cast -- Bobo, Cliff, Matt and Ranae - will debunk Bigfoot myths with a special sneak preview of theBIRTH OF A LEGEND special. Following the sneak peek, the team will discuss its Squatchin' experiences from the show and share years of Bigfoot knowledge and research on a panel.

In FINDING BIGFOOT, a four-person team from the BFRO -- a  leading scientific research organization exploring the Bigfoot/Sasquatch mystery -- investigates Sasquatch sightings by interviewing locals, examining evidence and infiltrating the woodlands and forests in places where Bigfoot has been reported.

FINDING BIGFOOT is produced for Animal Planet by Ping Pong Productions. Keith Hoffman is the executive producer for Animal Planet. Brad Kuhlman and Casey Brumels are the executive producers for Ping Pong Productions.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Poking Fun at Finding Bigfoot


Over at the blog Ghost Hunting Theories, paranormal investigator and friend of the 'squatch, Autumnforest, has posted a funny dialogue for a fictional episode of Finding Bigfoot.  I giggled to myself several times while reading through the post because it hit a little closer to home more than Autumnforest probably realizes.  The parody on our personalities seems a bit more accurate now that I've been on the road for nearly two months filming the second season of the show.  Read on for a sample of the script, and click the link below for the rest.  

Thank you, Autumnforest, for a good laugh at my expense!

RANAE: Man, I'm really glad to be here in my home state on what might be a really awesome hunt.

Matt: (Turning to Cliff) Did you hear something?

Cliff: You mean Ranae speaking?

Matt:
 (frowns) Ranae?

Cliff: (prompts) You know, the female on the team. (seeing Matt's blank stare, he adds) The skeptic.

Matt:
 (bristles) Oh, her.

Bobo: What do you want us to do, huh?

Ranae: If these people said that the creature was as tall as that row of branches down the hillside, perhaps we should have Bobo go down there and wander around and see if we can get a height on this thing.

Matt: (elbows her) I am the leader, here. (thinks) Bobo, let's have you go down the hillside and stand in for Bigfoot, hmm?

(BoBo stomps off down the hillside)

Cliff: Waaaaaaaaaeeeeewwwww! Woooooop! Woooooop! Waaaaaaeeeewwww!

Matt: No, Cliff, it's not time to do a Bigfoot call.

Cliff: (pouts and stomps his foot) I'm better at it in the shower. Or the car. Sometimes, I practice it in the grocery store. Well, back when they used to let me go there. Denny's and IHOP don't like me much either. I'm not welcome back at my grandma's house either. (frowns and shrugs) Come to think of it, my HOA isn't too happy. They came up with some rule on their books about Bigfoot calls.(mumbles)

For the rest of the roast, click this link.


Friday, September 16, 2011

Finding Bigfoot - "Bigfoot and Beer," Episode 7


The filming of the seventh episode of Animal Planet's Finding Bigfoot television series was an unexpected surprise to us cast members.  It was scheduled and executed in only a few weeks, and was a direct response to the excellent ratings the show earned throughout the month of June.  Though "Episode 7" was more or less a review of the first season, there were several new clips that had never been seen before, and the cast was given the opportunity to directly answer questions about both the show and sasquatches in general to a live audience. Oh yeah, and there was beer.

The following is another installment of my video debriefs regarding each and every episode of Finding Bigfoot, helped out by my faithful companion, Craig Flipy.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Happy Birthday, Craig Flipy

Videographer, and friend of the 'squatch, Craig Flipy celebrates his birthday today!  Drop by his Facebook page, YouTube page, or even his website and wish him a happy day.

Craig examining a lot of crap.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Spider Man Meets the Yeti

Now I know.  Forget tree knocks and howls, I have to bring ice cream out to the woods...

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Cochrane Eagle Article


Finding Bigfoot quest brings TV crew to area

September 7, 2011
By Jeremy Broadfield



The mythical Bigfoot may be living in the wilderness southwest of Cochrane and the hosts of Finding Bigfoot hope to find evidence to support this.

"You're seeing a perfectly normal animal that lives here in North America," said host Cliff Barackman at a town hall meeting taped at Easter Seals Camp Horizon Aug. 31.

Finding Bigfoot airs on Animal Planet.

Read the rest of the article by clicking this link.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Representative Bartlett Lobbies for Closest Human Relative

Representative Roscoe Bartlett (R-6-MD) has introduced bipartisan legislation to ban invasive experimentation on chimpanzees in the United States.  Representative Bartlett says that it's time for Americans to "decide if the benefits to humans of research using chimpanzees outweigh the ethical, financial and scientific costs."  He goes on to say that the evidence is mounting that they do not.  


The reason I'm posting this on a blog about bigfoots is that chimpanzees are routinely experimented on because they are humans' closest relative.  I think that we in the bigfoot community know of another, even closer relative.  After bigfoots are recognized by the scientific establishment, what sort of inhumane treatment will they be subjected to?  I feel that if we move now to protect the already recognized great apes, then after "discovery" sasquatches will receive the same (and hopefully greater) protections under the law.  


Now is the time to move to start advocating for the protection for sasquatches (see my previous blog post, Conservation Before Discovery).  I am not suggesting that you picket the White House Lawn with signs proclaiming we stop experimenting on sasquatches.  We cannot afford to be seen as aluminum-foil-hat-wearing-nut-jobs.  However, we can quietly support the protection of all ape species, as well as strongly advocate for aboriginal (human) people's rights.  It is likely that sasquatches will fall smack in between these two groups, thus calling into play a unique mixture of laws that are already on the books.  


Please read Representative Bartlett's editorial from the New York Times below.



Stop Using Chimps as Guinea Pigs




BEFORE I was elected to Congress, I was a physiologist at the Navy’s School of Aviation Medicine. For our successful missions to transport men to the moon and return them safely to Earth, I invented a series of respiratory support devices, which we tested on primates, including Baker, a squirrel monkey. Before humans were rocketed into space, Baker was the first primate to survive a trip into space and back; Able, her counterpart on the flight, died from an allergic reaction to an anesthetic during a procedure shortly after the landing.
At the time, I believed such research was worth the pain inflicted on the animals. But in the years since, our understanding of its effect on primates, as well as alternatives to it, have made great strides, to the point where I no longer believe such experiments make sense — scientifically, financially or ethically. That’s why I have introduced bipartisan legislation to phase out invasive research on great apes in the United States.
Today is the start of a two-day public hearing convened by the Institute of Medicine, which is examining whether there is still a need for invasive chimpanzee research. Meanwhile, nine countries, as well as the European Union, already forbid or restrict invasive research on great apes. Americans have to decide if the benefits to humans of research using chimpanzees outweigh the ethical, financial and scientific costs.
The evidence is mounting that they do not. For one thing, many new techniques are cheaper, faster and more effective, including computer modeling and the testing of very small doses on human volunteers. In vitro methods now grow human cells and tissues for human biomedical studies, bypassing the need for whole animals.
Click this link to read the rest of the article.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Rictor-Riolo's Finding Bigfoot Art

I am continually blown away by the creativity and talent of the people who contact me.  Most recently, a friend of the 'squatch sent me a surprise piece of art depicting the cast of Finding Bigfoot.  Matt is shown in the strongly-opinionated-proclamation pose he often assumes, Ranae in her slinky field gear never seen on camera, Bobo in his smiley overseeing stance, and me in an apparent action pose, all supervised by the ever-knowing glare of a sasquatch.  In true comic book fashion, the cast of Finding Bigfoot has probably never looked better.


Special thanks to Rick for this monumental accomplishment of artistic talent.  Please take some time to peruse his other galleries that can be seen in this gallery by clicking here.  You can go straight to his website, www.rickriolo.com, by clicking that link.

For you folks who never outgrew coloring, here's a printable version to fill in.  Break out your Crayolas!





Thursday, September 1, 2011

Andy Finkle

Andy Finkle, crypto-artist extraordinaire and friend of the 'squatch, has honored me by painting my portrait.  The piece, which you see below, shows me with my characteristic smile, adorning my beatnik shades and beanie.  What a totally cool surprise, and a pleasure to see.


Andy has done a number of other second-tier celebrities, as well as portraits of various cryptids.  He does portraits on commission too, and for a very reasonable price.  Look at the rest of his work, or perhaps even commission Andy to do a portrait of someone you love, on www.AndyFinkle.com.  

Oh yeah, he also sometimes goes on "bigfoot peace safaris."  Me too!