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[SXSW’21] ‘Sasquatch’ Review: A fascinating mystery within a mystery

Interviews and leads take the story in a dangerous and surprising turn

True crime stories are everywhere and have never been more popular. They dominate podcasts, streaming services, and are more terrifying than horror movies. They have a way of sucking the viewer in with an ominous voice that drops a bomb like “little did she know what was hiding in the trunk.” Sasquatch does not have the ominous voice, but it tells a compelling story that will captivate audiences from beginning to end.

Directed by Joshua Rofé and produced by the Duplass Brothers, Sasquatch is a brand new take on the true crime story. Completely inventive, charming, and dangerous, Sasquatch follows David Holthouse as he tries to solve three murders reportedly committed by Sasquatch. 

David Holthouse is a well known investigative journalist who has written for notable publications such as The Guardian. He has investigated Neo-Nazis and has demonstrated his ability to dive head on into investigations. Holthouse’s ability to immerse himself  in the subject and communicate with interviewees grant him access to a cannabis farming community in Mendocino County in Northern California, the site of the alleged murders. 

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Sasquatch — (Photo by: Hulu)

Holthouse recalls a story he heard twenty-five years ago about mutilated bodies strewn across a cannabis field. The culprit: Sasquatch. Holthouse explores the story. Was this the ravings of a person stoned out of his mind? Or was this a person traumatized by bearing witness to grizzly events? 

Sasquatch uses a blend of animation, pictures, and old footage to paint a picture of memories and legend. Holthouse speaks to a host of colorful characters. From knowledgeable local Ghostdance to famed Sasquatch hunter, Bob Gimlin, Holthouse is invited into an offbeat world that lives by its own rules of survival and community. 

Rofé and Holthouse are respectful to the Mendocino community and abide by their rules. Interviews and leads take the story in a dangerous and surprising turn that will draw viewers in to a quirky yet sinister story of class struggle, government intrusion, crime, and legend.

SXSW is March 16 – March 20. Tickets and a full lineup can be found here.

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[SXSW’21] ‘Sasquatch’ Review: A fascinating mystery within a mystery
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Sasquatch looks at how legend spawns legend and fantastic stories might be more real than they seem.
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Story takes some unexpected turns that will surprise viewers
a fun look at the 1967 Gimlin and Patterson Sasquatch footage
creative use of animation in storytelling
Viewers might not care for the unexpected twists
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