Ecotourists Encounter Bigfoot

Posted by: Craig Woolheater on July 27th, 2007

Indie filmmaker picks Parksville

Noel Foley fell into filmmaking — and he’s taking Parksville with him.

The Nanaimo based filmmaker wrapped a show here last year called Squatch.

“That was an adventure,” Foley said.

It used Oceanside locations, including the Skylite Motel, the Island Highway and a Qualicum Foods board room. It stars local actors, including Melanie Peake.

He said he chose Parksville because the City of Nanaimo wasn’t very helpful.

“[Parksville] just threw permits at me,” Foley said.

It was his first foray into film. He wrote, directed and produced the whole show.

“I just did the feature right off the bat,” Foley said.

He didn’t start with anything small like a short film.

“I like making the big film,” Foley said.

“I just decided it was my calling. If you’re going to go, go big.”

He said in an interview that the film was a month from final editing.

Not only did he jump right into movie making, he wrote a the accompanying novel for Squatch. The novel will be sold alongside the DVD.

Squatch is about a group of hikers on an eco tour who wander into Sasquatch territory.

The film will be shown in Parksville in September.

Foley is working on the trailer for his next feature film, a tragic love story called Anna, about two childhood sweethearts, Joe and Anna.

“They were meant for each other, but never quite got together,” Foley said.

The story unfolds from there.

The trailer is used to drum up financing.

Foley plans to market his film through two American websites that deal with independent films.

He said some terrible films on the sites are making really good money.

“Blair Witch got its start there,” Foley added.

He said he thinks people are tired of Hollywood movies.Alli Vail
Parksville Qualicum News

About Craig Woolheater
Co-founder of Cryptomundo in 2005. I have appeared in or contributed to the following TV programs, documentaries and films: OLN's Mysterious Encounters: "Caddo Critter", Southern Fried Bigfoot, Travel Channel's Weird Travels: "Bigfoot", History Channel's MonsterQuest: "Swamp Stalker", The Wild Man of the Navidad, Destination America's Monsters and Mysteries in America: Texas Terror - Lake Worth Monster, Animal Planet's Finding Bigfoot: Return to Boggy Creek and Beast of the Bayou.

7 Responses to “Ecotourists Encounter Bigfoot”

  1. raisinsofwrath responds:

    I for one applaud this guy!

    He’s right, I am tired of hollywood movies. To much liberal influence ruins film making. Even one of my favorites growing up (Clint Westwood) turned into a liberal film maker. There were some great movies, quality films made years ago and now it’s just special effects and computer animation.

    Anyone that goes out and tries to change the film industry has my support.

  2. bill green responds:

    hey craig & everyone wow this is a great new bigfoot article indeed. good morning . bill 🙂

  3. turk responds:

    Oh please, raisin. Can we not start with the whole liberal bashing routine? Save it for your next church group or young republicans meeting.

    As for the film, hey, more power to him. Of course, the video store is full of horrible low budget Bigfoot movies. Let’s hope this one has something to distinguish it. I wish him luck.

  4. sasquatch responds:

    I’m with Raisins. Hollywood is too corporate, predictable and YES almost entirely run by liberal tow the liners. I’m not going on any chuch picnics but I feel like it wouldn’t hurt our country right now to have a lot more. Seen the news lately? Death, murder, rape, terrorist plots etc. Oh yeah, I’m currently working on 2 independant film productions myself. Neither of which use computer animation. Old school stop motion and REAL miniatures etc.

  5. gridbug responds:

    You should be grateful to the “Hollywood liberal influence” for offering a counterpoint to the kind of relevant, crucial subject matter that the mainstream media (corporate owned, conservatively controlled) turns an irresponsibly blind eye to. Can you imagine what sort of “entertainment” we’d have if the “Moral Majority” ran Hollywood? The way this country is headed under the control of the current corrupt administration, I’m giving serious consideration to heading out to the wilderness and taking up residence with our hairy hominid friends. That way, the only “bush” I’d have to deal with would be of the green, leafy variety…

  6. Mnynames responds:

    I have a feeling this conversation is gonna be shut down pretty quickly if this continues, but I have to ask, since when does “liberal” equate to “big budget special effects”? That’s like saying conservatives and, I dunno, peaches go hand in hand. Totally irrelevant, if you ask me…

  7. Craig Woolheater responds:

    Mnynames is correct.

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