About Alan Landsburg
Film Premieres Tonight - "Manbeast, Myth or Monster?"
He thinks tales of Bigfoot are True
By Lolo Pendergrast, staff reporter for the Mobile Press
Mobile, Alabama - Take 10 round trip airline tickets, traveling 60,000 miles to locations like Nepal, Louisiana and the Pacific Northwest; $1 Million and some of Hollywood's best special effects and makeup men and you've got a movie.
Not quite so easy suggests veteran film producer Alan Landsburg, in Mobile to promote his latest release entitled "Man-beast, Myth or Monster." We chose Mobile because it is a reasonably representative audience," the filmmaker said, stroking a dark, sprinkled with gray goatee. "The film is for the open minded, it is phenomena, something without a pat explanation. The 90 minutes feature film focuses on the finding of the abominable snowman "Bigfoot" which Landsburg calls "the search for man's most recent descendant."
Dubbed "the most documented film produced about the Bigfoot sightings," the flick is based on 130 eyewitness accounts of contact with the beast, which Landsburg invariably believes to be true. "You've got to be careful about sightings. We chose to dramatize 12 stories, all of which showed different encounters with the manbeast."
Portrayals include the tales of two Nepalese tribesmen who were cooped up in a cave with a roaring, huge foot printed beast; the mysterious disappearance of a Washington skier, his erratic ski trails followed by large unknown snow prints and the invasion of a campsite in Honey Island, Louisiana which is 100 miles from Mobile. "There are three points of view here," he said. "Either you're absolutely neutral, you do or you don't believe. There has got to be the possibility of another explanation about these creatures. There are 135 verified eyewitnesses - are 135 people loons?" "Is every footprint phony?"
The story line also follows Peter Byrne, who plays himself as a self-styled monster hunter, obsessed with finding the abominable snowman. "It is a self-supported operation in Washington," Landsburg said of Byrne's Bigfoot Investigation Center. "We're close, really close to locating a creature." So close, he adds, that the creature is not without a detailed description. It is over 7 feet tall, more than 350 pounds, with a four-foot length of stride and short hair. It meets its own environment and has a man like face with large eyes."
Reported habitats were filming locations for the movie crew, taking them from full-scale expeditions into the Himalaya Mountains to murky waters of swampland Louisiana to the northwest woods of the State of Washington. At one point the film crew was snowbound on Mt Everest for a week!
In such a "world
of wilderness" Landsburg believes that Bigfoot quietly exists, until
man disturbs it. "Manbeasts is a biological dead end - big and physical
enough, but not smart enough to survive. It is a form of man never see
around that had survived out of sight like lost cities."
From 1965-1970 he was Executive Producer of the National Geographic Specials, and from 1967-1970 he produced The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau, which he also co-created.
Alan Landsburg sired
the phenomenon from which the show "In Search Of
takes its name in 1976. The original series ran for six seasons, opening
the minds of a generation to the possibilities of our world and beyond.
His travel and research have generated a number of books and films, including
the 90 minute bigfoot movie "Manbeasts, Myth or Monster"
in 1978 and he has produced countless television series, movies of the
week, and plays. The presentation style that Landsburg pioneered with
In Search Of... ushered in a whole new television genre. As Executive
Producer of the new "In Search Of..." he'll be bringing
the genre to the next level.
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