This past weekend, Mel and I attended the world premiere of Seth Breedlove’s documentary series “On the Trail of Bigfoot” in Canton, Ohio. About a four-hour drive from where we live in West-central Ohio, Canton is situated on the Northeast side of the state. There was no easy way to get there because a huge obstacle with broken roadways and congested traffic stood in our path. But once we made it around Columbus, the landscape shifted to hills and trees, and the second half of the drive was beautiful.
This is where Seth begins his documentary. He grew up in a small Northeastern Ohio town but hadn’t heard tales of Bigfoot until his teens. It wasn’t until several years later, Seth found interest in the historical newspaper accounts that told of “wild men” in the area. An open-minded skeptic, Seth’s curiosity led him to the back woodland roads to learn more about these “wild men”. But in the field of Bigfoot, one question typically spawns two more. “On the Trail of Bigfoot” takes Seth across the country as he searches for answers to those questions and the mystery many investigators and researchers have devoted their lives to solving.
With beautiful cinematography, Seth captures the majesty of the Pacific Northwest, the eeriness of the Ohio and Pennsylvania woodlands, and the unexpected, jungle-like remoteness of the Ouachita Mountains of Oklahoma. Along the way, he consults with experts who discuss history, legends, and various aspects surrounding the Bigfoot phenomenon.
Typical of a Seth Breedlove film, music and beautiful artwork enhance captivating stories appropriate for all ages (images could be mildly scary to sensitive viewers). This high-quality, six part documentary series features real people who love the outdoors, animals, and the idea of unknown creatures. Objectively presenting the evidence surrounding Bigfoot, Seth arrives at a conclusion both skeptics and believers will appreciate.
Each segment is approximately thirty minutes long. We viewed four of the six episodes on Friday night. Then I watched the entire series once I returned home. Boy, did I miss a lot on Friday night. But in my defense, the viewing was from 8-10pm. On a normal day, my brain enters power-saver mode around 6pm, so I wasn’t exactly operating on a full charge. Especially after a four-hour drive. Anyway, each episode can be viewed as a stand-alone, but one episode does slightly build upon another. I suggest watching them in order and then returning to your favorites to capture the details.
I’m always slightly concerned about getting lost in new cities, especially on a Friday night. After dark. A scenario I’ve unfortunately repeated involves me trying to use my iPhone to navigate a maze of tall buildings only to walk in the opposite direction. Mel assured me she wouldn’t let this happen. Thankfully, the Palace’s marquee burns brightly sixty feet above the street. We had no trouble finding our way. And Canton downtown, I suppose like many downtowns, is not the Friday night hot spot…unless you’re a Seth Breedlove or Bigfoot fan. I couldn’t believe the line that stretched alongside the building as people waited for the theater doors to open.
The Canton Palace Theatre was majestic. You can see a picture here. Built in the 1920s, the Theatre was designed by Austrian-born architect, John Eberson of Chicago. The website states: “The [Palace] Theatre was a gift to the community from Ink, a local entrepreneur and industrialist who owned the Canton-based Tonsiline company, makers of a cough syrup formula marketed in unique giraffe-shaped bottles.
“The Palace seeks to re-create a Spanish courtyard on a midsummer night. Its ceiling, a starry night with wisps of clouds, creates a dream effect. The Palace still has the original cloud machine that makes the clouds march continuously across the sky.”
The clouds were transfixing. I also enjoyed the sight of a full theater. Mel and I sat smack in the middle, surrounded by—I don’t know—hundreds of people. One of the most docile crowds I’ve ever been in–patient and friendly. Especially the gentleman at the end of my row. Thank you, sir, for your understanding. Such friendly people made being out on a Friday night past my bedtime fun and easy. Bigfoot fans might be a bit crazy, but most are good people.
Seth and Small Town Monsters have been around for about five years and have produced eight documentaries with three more coming out in 2019. We we’ve been fans for quite a while, and because of their standard for high-quality, clean entertainment, we’ll continue to be fans into the future. We’re proud supporters.
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