Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Houston Press: Ken Gerhard is Skeptical but Open Minded about Bigfoot

Photo Credit: Josh Huskin/Houston Press
"Cryptozoology is based on scientific process...Even though it's a discipline that deals with bizarre possibilities, it was designed by zoologists." --Ken Gerhard

In an in-depth article by the Houston Press, journalist Jef Rouner gives us four pages of great reporting. Below are a few of the highlights from the article.

Modern-day sasquatchploitation is very different from things like Leonard Nimoy's In Search of..., the show that first inspired Gerhard as a child. Finding Bigfoot, now in its fifth season, is one of Animal Planet's most watched shows despite criticism by researchers that the program is scripted and overly sensational. Gerhard learned early on to be very careful with which invitations he accepts to appear on television to discuss Bigfoot, lest he end up appearing different from the way he intended once the footage is edited.

"The field keeps getting black eyes from fictional stories portrayed as fact," he says. "Lots of very terrible shows full of actors running around pretending to hunt monsters. It's train-wreck television."
Gerhard's approach is different. He moved to San Antonio eight years ago to be closer to the majority of Bigfoot sightings in Texas and maximize the number he could investigate in the field. His apartment is covered in maps on which he marks with push pins each sighting or report he finds out about. He looks for clusters from multiple sources, indicators that something has enough of a presence that it's unlikely to be the result of widespread misidentification or hoaxsters. The best candidates feature nearly identical stories and descriptions from unrelated individuals.

"I'll give Ken credit for actually going out into the field," says Chester Moore, a wildlife journalist who mentored Gerhard when he started out and helped him prepare for a trip to Belize to investigate Bigfoot sightings there. "There aren't a lot of guys who do actually get out and dig around, and that is what matters. He definitely has a passion for it. Ken is aggressive in his pursuit."

There's a Bigfoot sighting right here in Houston that he's been meaning to come look at in person. A couple jogging in Terry Hershey Park who had a penchant for venturing off the path into wooded areas had a frightful encounter three years ago.

"It happened on Sunday, April 2, 2011," says Gerhard. "JM (Not his real name) and his girlfriend were near a creek and spotted a caved-in area on the shore. At first they thought it was a very tall homeless man, but he didn't look quite normal. Somehow inhuman. He had a hairy face and large black eyes. Startled by the couple, it ran. A few days later, they returned to find some hair, which I have not had for analysis yet, and a half-eaten fish. It was tall and thin, and there was a foul smell around the area." The couple also described low-pitched grunts and moans.

Best Suggestions for Having a Bigfoot Encounter--If That's What You Really Want.

Ron Morehead is best known for his Bigfoot Recordings 
Ron Morehead has had great success with encountering Sasquatches. His Bigfoot recordings a/k/a Sierra Sounds have been independently scrutinized by several professionals from varying disciplines.

Dr R. Lynn Kirlin, a Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Wyoming presented that the formant frequencies found were clearly lower than for human data, and their distribution does not indicate that they were a product of human vocalizations and/or tape speed alteration.

Nancy Logan  is a human sound expert in the State of California. In her opinion the vocalizations have a pitch range that is considerably more flexible than that of humans. They go much lower and much higher.

And more recently Scott Nelson, a Crypto-Linguist, with over 30 years’ experience concludes: “We have verified that these creatures use language, by the human definition of it.

Ron Morehead has recently posted a YouTube video (Watch Below) on his recommendations for a Sasquatch campsite based on his experience. We are pretty confident that Ron was doing something right in the Sierra's

Also Ron will be guest speaker at the 2014 Sasquatch Summit. Click the following link for the 2014 Sasquatch Summit location, dates and details.

Monday, October 27, 2014

WATCH Bigfoot Movie "Stomping Ground" at Indie Memphis Filmfest

You can catch Stomping Ground at the Indie Memphis Filmfest on Nov 1st 
"Ben and Annie are a young couple on a weekend trip to Annie’s small North Carolina hometown who embark on an impromptu 'Bigfoot hunt' that threatens both their relationship and their lives" --Stomping Ground description from the Indie Memphis Filmfest website

Stomping Ground is a movie we have been championing for several years. It takes a completely different approach than most Bigfoot movies, which to most of us Bigfooters is a welcome change.

We are excited to announce that the folks in Memphis get a chance to see a screening of this movie at the Indie Memphis Film Festival. Get your tickets at  IndieMemphis.com/pass-ticket-info. Watch the trailer below to get a taste of what this movie has in store.

For those who need a refresher. Stomping Ground is the brainchild Dan Reisser, previously known for his short films and his producing/directing on the E! Entertainment's THE SOUP. One of THE SOUP's funniest skits is the the parody trailer for Dolphin Tale. You may have even seen his short film NightOfThePunks.com.

Canadians! You can watch it now! If you are from up north check it out!!! The film is currently available from multiple Video-On-Demand providers from now through January 31st, 2015. Find the film through the following providers: Bell, Telus, SaskTel, MTS.

To catch up, you can read our complete Stomping Ground coverage, from the Stomping Ground storyboards and the Stomping Ground world premier.

You can also stay up-to-date with all things Stomping Ground from the source itself through the links below:

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