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Thursday, August 06, 2009


We are very pleased to announce that we will be showing what I believe is the UK Premiere of a film called Southern Fried Bigfoot. But who better to tell us about it than the people behind it....

Sean Whitley
The Monkeyhouse

“Southern Fried Bigfoot” on the menu and being served up on The Documentary Channel beginning this April

By The Monkeyhouse
Dated: March 29, 2009

New Documentary Explores The Legends Of The “Boogers, Wild Men, and Skunk Apes” Rumored [sic] To Prowl the Swamps And Bayous Of The Southern U.S.

DALLAS, TEXAS - According to the documentary “Southern Fried Bigfoot,” the legends of strange, hairy creatures lurking on the edge of civilization [sic] aren’t just limited to the mountains of the Pacific Northwest, but also extend to the backwoods and bayous of the American South. Despite the title, “Southern Fried Bigfoot” isn’t a comedy or mockumentary. It’s not even a recipe, for that matter, but a one-hour documentary that chronicles the Bigfoot legends below the Mason-Dixon Line. “Southern Fried Bigfoot” will have its broadcast premiere on Monday, April 13, 2009 at 9 pm Eastern/8pm Central on The Documentary Channel®, carried on DISH Network. An encore airing will follow at 12 am Eastern/11 pm Central. In addition to DISH Network, the documentary will also air at 9 pm Eastern on NYC TV (Channel 25) throughout the greater New York metropolitan area.

"’Southern Fried Bigfoot’ is exactly the type of documentary we like to premiere: independent, driven by a passion, informative and definitely entertaining!" says Tom Neff, The Documentary Channel CEO and founder.

While the tales of Bigfoot in the Pacific Northwest are fairly well-known, the purported stories of hulking, hair-covered creatures haunting the swamps and bottomlands of the South aren’t. “SFB” delves into four of the most famous Southern legends – The Fouke Monster, The Skunk Ape, The Honey Island Swamp Monster, and the Lake Worth Monster – as well as profiles some of the groups and individuals who are trying to prove the existence of Bigfoot in the South. Additionally, “Southern Fried Bigfoot” features commentary from a wide variety of Bigfoot researchers, skeptics [sic], wildlife biologists, authors, zoologists, artists, and musicians on the subject.

According to writer/director Sean Whitley, “The goal of the documentary wasn’t to prove or disprove the existence of Bigfoot, but to entertain viewers, share some southern folklore they may not know about, and hopefully spook a few people watching it on a dark night.”
Narrated by actor Christopher R. Sabat (“Dragonball Z,” “Samurai 7”), “Southern Fried Bigfoot” has recently garnered attention and rave reviews from the entertainment industry. Eduardo Sanchez, the co-writer and co-director of "The Blair Witch Project," calls it "the best Bigfoot doc of this decade," while Alex Grecian, writer and co-creator of the Image Comics series “PROOF” says “The production values and cinematography are terrific, the re-creations are well-done and the entire package is absorbing.”

Additional airings of “Southern Fried Bigfoot” on The Documentary Channel are as follows (all times are EST):
Wed, Apr 29, 2009 8:00 PM ET (encore at 11pm ET)
Wed, May 6, 2009 5:00 PM ET
Fri, May 8, 2009 3:30 AM ET
Sat, May 16, 2009 9:00 PM ET (encore at 12 ET)

DVD copies of “Southern Fried Bigfoot” can be purchased on The Documentary Channel’s online store at http://www.documentarychannel.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=431&osCsid=5475c1ae9986c6b36bb301f832789001.

For interviews with the Director or crew, please contact via the email address listed above/below. For more information on “Southern Fried Bigfoot,” visit the official website at http://www.southernfriedbigfoot.com/ or the official MySpace page at www.myspace.com/southernfriedbigfoot.


About The Monkeyhouse: The Monkeyhouse is a Texas-based production company that specializes in all facets of the film and television industry.


About The Documentary Channel®: The Documentary Channel (DOC) is the USA’s first 24-hour television network exclusively devoted to documentary films and the independent documentary filmmaker, providing viewers with round-the-clock opportunities to see fascinating, eclectic and award-winning documentary films of all lengths and genres. Headquartered in Nashville, Tenn., with offices in New York and Los Angeles, DOC was founded by Oscar®-nominated and Emmy®-winning documentary filmmaker Tom Neff (CEO) in January 2006. DOC now reaches more than 21 million homes nationwide via DISH Network (Channel 197) and several broadcast stations in major television markets, including NYC TV (Channel 25) throughout the greater New York metropolitan area. The network also provides content to online distribution outlets through YouTube (www.youtube.com/documentarychannel).

For more information on DOC, visit www.documentarychannel.com.

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