"Bigfootville" Documentary set in Oklahoma, Fall 2002
Newspaper Article dated 14 October 2002 © The Tulsa World, with commentary. . .
reports on Bigfoot sightings in Oklahoma"
The hour-long program, shot nearly a year ago, investigates sightings of Bigfoot in an 800-square-mile area in Oklahoma. Promotional information for the show alleges that "a small town in Oklahoma, sustained Bigfoot activity including over 50 sightings in a year."
Bear, a native of the state, said she had never heard of Bigfoot before being approached to work on the film.
She was hired by the British production company, Blue Book Films, and was cautioned not to reveal the names of the towns that were filmed for the production.
"They (the producers) feel that if the public were to know where it happened it would hurt the integrity of the Bigfoot and someone would try to hunt it down," explained Bear, who was a reporter for KTUL-channel 8 for six years and has spent the last seven years at KBEZ radio.
However, a Travel Channel representative said the documentary was filmed in several small towns in the state, including Sapulpa, Ada, Smithville, Broken Bow and Disney.
The film crew, which had previously covered the Persian Gulf War and the battles in Afghanistan, used infrared and night-vision cameras "hoping to find anything," said Bear, who has not seen the completed documentary.
"We did have some real interesting interviews. One thing I can say, is that none of the people (interviewed) knew each other, and they all had had similar sightings."
Bear said those interviewed included local police and sheriff's deputies.
Eyewitnesses described "a hairy, 9-foot-tall creature" and noted "deafening screams, missing farm equipment and mutilated cattle," according to press information.
Bear said some Indian tribes "refer to four different 'large men' that are seen to influence tribes . . . We did sit around a campfire on reservation land and talk to Native Americans who take this very seriously.
"(The Native Americans) were very hesitant to discuss it, but we were lucky to get a couple of folks to go out into the woods and help us. They don't want to be seen to be cheapening their beliefs," she said.
The documentary will
be rebroadcast at 10 p.m. Tuesday and will air again at 1 p.m. Saturday.
October 15, 2002
Tuesday Documentary made in Oklahoma.
I would hate for anyone
to think that I was some kind of gun firing wild man."
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