Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Bigfoot Film Premier at Sundance Film Festival: Update

In our exclusive post, "Award Winning Director, Christopher Munch, Premiers "Letters from the Big Man" at Sundance," we mentioned the movie would start screening after the 20th (January 23rd to be exact).

last night we received news from director, Christopher Munch. He wrote, "Our first screening last night went very well. Tomorrow we screen in a new venue."

"What I have found so far is that people have been willing to come to the film with open minds and hearts. This is very pleasing. I will see how it goes over the next few days, and I am going to Nashville on the 27th to show it there."

At Nashville, there is already anticipation building for the screening of Letters from the Big Man. Jim Ridley of The Nashville Scene has high praise for the screening:

This year's film comes from a Sundance favorite: writer-director Christopher Munch, a three-time nominee for the festival's Grand Jury prize. (He remains best known for two of those: his debut feature, 1991's The Hours and Times, which imagined a tryst between John Lennon and Beatles manager Brian Epstein, and 2001's The Sleepy Time Gal, a lilting character study with Jacqueline Bisset's best screen performance.) Munch will appear in Nashville with his new film, Letters From the Big Man, a take on the Bigfoot legend that sounds closer in temperament to Terrence Malick than The Legend of Boggy Creek.

On the Sundance Film Channel website the movie is self described as:

Christopher Munch’s extraordinary films, all of which have screened at the Sundance Film Festival, use quiet restraint to dodge reductionism, allowing viewers to derive the meaning for themselves. Letters from the Big Man is no exception.

In the breathtaking, remote wilderness of southwestern Oregon, Sarah Smith, a hydrologist, embarks on an expedition to conduct a government water survey. An intrepid outdoors woman, Sarah craves a solo journey so she can reconnect with herself and nature. Venturing deep into the forest, she intuits another presence. Gradually, the elusive figure reveals himself to be a Sasquatch, and the two interact tentatively. As their bond intensifies, Sarah finds she must take bold steps to protect the Big Man’s privacy, as well as her own.

You can almost sense the rustling of trees and fresh air as Munch reverently explores the possibility of communicating directly with the ineffable mysteries in nature, fashioning a powerful metaphysical love story with resonance for our times.

We can not wait to see a screening of the movie ourselves this weekend. When a director of Christopher Munch's caliber (there is probably not a director that respects his audience more) takes on the subject of Bigfoot, its like a gift.

Below are a few screen shots from the film.

Sundance Page
Nashville Scene
The Director's, Christopher Munch, IMDB Page
Letters from The Big Man IMDB Page

The Town That Bigfoot Built
Not Your Typical Bigfoot Movie


  1. Okay, I'm intrigued. I'm just happy to see anyone approaching the subject who does not work for SyFy. :-)

  2. Haha! Yes Autumn, there are enough of those already!


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