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American Filmmaker

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A podcast about filmmaking, the creative journey, tai chi, fine teas, and the obstacles to being a filmmaker and creator living in the world today. Support this podcast:

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Ep 38 - Meet Big Foot, An Award-Winning Taxidermist, and The Filmmaker Behind "Big Fur" - Dan Wayne

Dan Wayne is the filmmaker and producer behind the new feature documentary, Big Fur, which premiered at the 2020 Slamdance Film Festival.  Big Fur documents Ken’s obsessive research and his meticulous Bigfoot re-creation from start to the moment he unveils her at the World Taxidermy Championship. While Ken would love to win ‘Best in Show’, his real hope is that putting ‘Patty’ on display will prompt some hunter to open his freezer and pull out the proof that Bigfoot is real. Instead, it’s Ken’s love life that gets thawed out.

Big Fur is a wry portrait of an artist with an unshakeable belief that eventually he’ll find true love—or the hairy, 600-pound validation of his life’s quest. Either one would be good. It’s also a sympathetic insider’s view of taxidermy as an under-appreciated art form. Last but not least, it’s a call to preserve the last wilderness. Because when there is no mystery left in the deep, dark forest, we’ll have lost more than Bigfoot.

Dan Wayne and the host of the American Filmmaker podcast, Josh Hyde, talk about the distribution reality for filmmakers today, how to navigate the American film festival circuit in 2020, the best ways to build an audience for your film, and how BigFoot is real.  Please follow Big Fur on Facebook and Instagram to see when and where to watch the film.  

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