Showing posts with label Greg Newkirk. Show all posts
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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Tonight Finding Bigfoot Looks For Ghosts

Dana Matthews and Greg Newkirk

"For the last few years, we’ve been convinced that Bigfoot is a ghost. We realize how it sounds, but trust us, there’s a compelling case for the supernatural squatch." --Greg Newkirk; Planet Weird 

In an official press release Animal Planet's Finding Bigfoot announced they are going into the paranormal aspects of bigfoot research:
The Search for Sasquatch Returns to Animal Planet with Two-Hour Premiere Thursday, March 31, at 9 PM ET/PT

(Silver Spring, Md.) – A man, a myth, a legend? Animal Planet’s FINDING BIGFOOT investigates new theories and never-before-squatched locations as the bigfoot team, Bigfoot Field Research Organization (BFRO) president Matt Moneymaker, researchers James “Bobo” Fay and Cliff Barackman and skeptical scientist Ranae Holland, return with explorations so big they have to recruit family, friends and others to join the search parties. All-new episodes of FINDING BIGFOOT return to Animal Planet beginning with a two-hour special on Thursday, March 31, at 9 PM ET/PT.

In the March 31 premiere “Supernatural Bigfoot,” the bigfoot team heads to North California to meet up with another group of bigfooters – the Supernatural Bigfoot Group – which believe the only explanation for the lack of physical evidence is that bigfoot must be beyond this world.
The supernatural group consist of Greg Newkirk and Dana Matthews. For you long-time readers you will remember Greg Newkirk was on our radar over 5 years ago when we first covered his online zine Who Forted?, an excellent zine with great writing and interesting articles. Their college-level humor was a refreshing take on all things paranormal.

Looks like Mr. Newkirk has taken a more serious approach to Fortean phenomena with a two new websites; Planet Wierd, a website chronically his adventures with Dana Matthews and a weekly aggregation website of paranormal news at WeekInWierd.com.

You may also remember Mr. Newkirk for his Bigfoot documentary The Bigfoot Hunter Still Searching, and our review here.


Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Paranormal Adventurers Debut Bigfoot Hunter: Still Searching


Earlier this year, back in august we brought to your attention Who Forted's documentary Bigfoot Hunter: Still Searching. Since then we have been able to view a screening copy.

The story revolves around the central unique character Tim Holmes. Who is quite eccentric, even by bigfooting standards. He is quite comfortable with ballistics and encourages anybody who goes bigfooting with him to be well armed as well.




Also among the professional bigfooters is Becky. She is a no-nonsense field researcher with some loose affiliations with Tom Biscardi. The camera does not hide how Tim feels about her.



Our favorite part of the documentary is the reaction of the Who Forted? team, previously known as Ghost Hunters. The whole adventure starts off after they have some paranormal scary experience and run. They realize they have done this many times before and decide Bigfooting may be different.

If you want to know how to feel or when things are not as they should be watch Nick's face. We didn't know that the expression of "shock" came in so many flavors.



If Nick is how you should feel, then Milton is what your thinking. We wish there was more of Milton, his dry wit and calm delivery adds some stability to the whole outrageousness. He proves humor does not just come from crazy, it also comes from being smart watching crazy.



We have watched the documentary and found it to an amusing observation of a group of people who just happen to be looking for bigfoot. And would recommend it for anyone looking for entertainment.

Who Forted? Just sent us a press release and you can read it in full below.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PARANORMAL ADVENTURERS PULL OUT ALL STOPS FOR PREMIERE OF DEBUT FILM THE BIGFOOT HUNTER: STILL SEARCHING

Seasoned paranormal adventurers to debut independent documentary film about New York Sasquatch hunters to sold out crowd in Bigfoot's back yard.

WAVERLY, NEW YORK: THE BIGFOOT HUNTER:STILL SEARCHING, the first feature length film from WF? online magazine, the legend chasing curators of all things weird, returns home to Waverly for a very special world premiere screening filled with legendary monsters, local curiosities, and lots of fun surprises. Not only does the documentary feature the exploits of the Elmira Bigfoot Watch, but marks the second big screen outing of infamous paranormal provacateurs Ghost Hunters, Incorporated.

Shot in and around Elmira, New York in the summer of 2006, THE BIGFOOT HUNTER: STILL SEARCHING follows the members of GHI as they meet Tim Holmes, the eccentric leader of the Elmira Bigfoot Watch, an internationally recognized monster hunting organization. When Tim invites the gang to tag along on a weekend expedition in the hills of the Southern Tier, the group discovers, much to their surprise, that the legend of Sasquatch is alive and well in their own backyard.

The film's creation was a happy accident with an interesting outcome according to director Greg Newkirk (of GHI Presents: The Graveyard Shift). "We took videocameras with us everywhere as kids, so when we found out that there were a couple people chasing down a legendary monster right next door, we just so happened to capture the whole experience on tape," Newkirk said. "Tim Holmes ended up being one of the most interesting people I've ever met, and as we trekked further into the woods with him it became clear that he honestly believes in what he's doing whole heartedly, and furthermore, that there might be good reason for us to believe in it as well. We didn't set out to make a documentary, it just ended up being the natural outcome of our weekend with the Elmira Bigfoot Watch. It was too bizarre, too funny, and too interesting not to share with the world."

It was important for producer Jason Gowin (of A&E's Extreme Paranormal) to stress that this film was as independent as a documentary can get. "Our documentary is an impressive film that was made with a lot of unimpressive equipment," he explains. "We were able to create something out of next to nothing, and when people hear what our budget was they're shocked. I love that reaction because it really goes to show what can be achieved when you just plain love what you're doing. When people see the film, it's really going to drive that point home in more ways than one."

It would appear that fans of the unexplained love what they're doing too. Within two days of it's online annoucement on the Facebook social network, the premiere screening of THE BIGFOOT HUNTER: STILL SEARCHING sold out, prompting the Waverly Opera House to open up a second evening of festivities loaded with never-before-seen clips from the group's previous adventures, door prizes, and even a special question and answer session with the film's star. "The response has been amazing," said Newkirk. "We've pulled out all the stops for this one, and I can say with a good amount of certainty that the paranormal community has never seen anything like this before. It's the funniest film you'll ever see about Bigfoot hunters, but it's also got a lot of heart. We've made sure that this is going to be an event that celebrates strangeness in a way that people haven't seen for a very long time."

THE BIGFOOT HUNTER: STILL SEARCHING screens Friday and Saturday, the 21st and 22nd of October, at 7:30 PM at the Waverly Opera House in Waverly, NY.

For more information on THE BIGFOOT HUNTER: STILL SEARCHING please visit:
www.whofortedmag.com
www.facebook.com/bigfootfilm

For more information on the cast and crew, please contact:
Jason Gowin - gow2099@hotmail.com
Greg Newkirk - editor@whofortedmag.com


Thursday, August 25, 2011

Who Forted? Produces Bigfoot Documentary



This is a documentary 6 years in the making. Produced by Who Forted? Previously known as Ghost Hunters Incorporated.



Who Forted?, created in the fall of 2008, began as a weekly blog about the misadventures of a few jaded paranormal enthusiasts, and before long, it had morphed turned into an online destination for anyone with even a passing interest in all things weird.

The word "Forted' is a humorous reference to Charles Hoy Fort (August 6, 1874 – May 3, 1932). Fort was an American writer and researcher into anomalous phenomena. Today, the terms Fortean and Forteana are used to characterize various such phenomena.

Following the embedded video below is an excerpt from the Who Forted? post announcing the documentary.



Five years since a small portion of the footage appeared online, we’re more than excited to announce that the feature length documentary film, The Bigfoot Hunter: Still Searching, is nearing completion.

The film, shot in the summer of 2006 during two Sasquatch hunting expeditions in the rural hills of down-state New York, follows the often hilarious, sometimes nerve racking, and always fascinating search of two prominent Bigfoot hunters from the New England region.

Tim Holmes, ex-merchant marine and founder of the Southern Tier Bigfoot Watch, together with Becky Sawyer, a no-nonsense employee of Searching for Bigfoot Incorporated, take to the forests of the tri-state area in a search for the elusive monster, followed by the cameras of a group of young adventurers, many of whom are now the amateur journalists of Who Forted? Magazine.

During the expeditions, the evidence captured on film surprised not only the crew, but two seasoned Sasquatch investigators. Though the film undoubtedly focuses on the North American Man-Ape, the big hairy guy takes a back seat to the bigger personalities of Tim and Becky, who are obsessed with the search for Bigfoot, albeit in very different ways. It’s a film that begs the question, “what matters more, the journey or the destination?”

The Bigfoot Hunter: Still Searching, the first feature length documentary from the people behind Who Forted? Magazine, was directed by Greg Newkirk and is being produced by Toronto’s Fight or Flight Productions in association with Ghost Hunters, Incorporated.


What peaked our interest is the fact that they seem to be literally hunting for Bigfoot, with guns and bullets. The other point of interest is the addition of Becky Sawyer, a no-nonsense employee of Searching for Bigfoot Incorporated. Searching for Bigfoot, of course, belongs to Tom Biscardi. Tom Biscardi's involvement, no matter how remote does not bode well for any Bigfoot endeavor.

Biscardi is a considered a hoaxer. That's the worst kind of label you can put on a bigfoot researcher. Don't worry, we are not calling Biscardi a hoaxer, we can say with certitude that at the VERY LEAST he has been hoaxed more times than any other researcher, which says he doesn't do his homework.

Biscardi's Wikipedia page says as much. here is the first paragraph:

Tom Biscardi
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Carmine Thomas Biscardi (born 1948) is a cryptozoology enthusiast, Las Vegas promoter, internet radio host, and film producer. He describes himself as the "Real Bigfoot Hunter". Biscardi has been centrally involved in several hoaxes regarding Bigfoot that have garnered widespread international media attention.


The Wikipedia page goes on to identify two hoaxes The Coast to Coast Am (Jul 1985) and The Georgian frozen Bigfoot hoax (Aug 2008).

Despite the guns and the proximity to Biscardi's name, we are looking forward to seeing this documentary. Especially since it seems to revolve around the philosophies of the two Bigfoot hunters.

Who Forted? is an excellent online zine with great writing and interesting articles. Their college-level humor is refreshing take on all things abnormal. We wish them luck on the distribution and selling of their documentary.

As you can see, we have a soft spot
and appreciation for Charles Fort.
Click on picture to enlarge


EXTERNAL LINKS
Official announcement of The Bigfoot Hunter: Still Searching from Who Forted?
You can read one of the first reviews of the film at forteania.blogspot.com
Read our previous coverage of Tom Biscardi
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