Posted by: Loren Coleman on May 16th, 2009
In a bit of intriguing timing, various cable providers around North America, right before the Yakima Bigfoot Round-Up, broadcast a comedic film about Bigfoot.
The Sasquatch Gang (originally entitled The Sasquatch Dumpling Gang) is a 2006 American comedy motion picture written and directed by Tim Skousen, the first assistant director for Napoleon Dynamite. The film was shot in Oregon in rural locations such as the forests of Clackamas County and at a dirt track speedway in Banks.
The movie’s plot is about a young sci-fi/fantasy expert Gavin (Jeremy Sumpter) and a few of his other highly intelligent friends (Addie Land, Hubbel Palmer, Rob Pinkston) who find huge footprints in the woods one day. Unbeknownst to the friends, two of Gavin’s highly unintelligent neighbors (Justin Long and Joey Kern) faked the findings as a plan to gain profits to pay off a credit card bill.
The six-week shoot was completed in the summer of 2005. The film premiered in January 2006 at the Slamdance Film Festival. It was also shown at the HBO US Comedy Arts Festival and the Waterfront Film Festival. The film opened in limited release in the United States on November 30, 2007. The film was released on DVD March 25, 2008.
In the days leading up to the Yakima Round-Up, The Sasquatch Gang was screened on the Comedy Movie Channel, Tuesday 4:30 P.M., Wednesday 8 A.M. Then on TMC on Friday, May 15th, at 8 A.M. & 5 P.M, the film was showing as the conference site was being prepared for the speakers and attendees. Interesting scheduling.
Of course, 1967 was 42 years ago, and sometimes present Bigfooters forget that all these men at conferences, back then, were young men.
Bob Gimlin, born October 18, 1931, in a 2008 photograph.
Therefore, below are images of Bob Gimlin and the “original Sasquatch gang,” from the late 1960s.
The top two photographs have been identified as Bob Gimlin wearing a fake Indian headdress, allegedly at Roger Patterson’s cinematic request. Are the nose and mouth on the costumed Indian all wrong for Gimlin, shown in a 1967 photo below? Is it Bob Gimlin?
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.