American short motion picture of an unidentified subject which the filmmakers have said was a Bigfoot. The footage was shot sex buhs 1967 in Northern California, and has since been subjected to many attempts to authenticate or debunk it.
The footage was filmed alongside Bluff Creek, a tributary of the Klamath River, about 25 logging-road miles northwest of Orleans, California, in Humboldt County. Patterson died of cancer in 1972 and “maintained right to the end that the creature on the film was real”. Patterson’s friend, Gimlin, has always denied being involved in any part of a hoax with Patterson. 954 frames, and runs for 59. 5 seconds at 16 frames per second. If the film was shot at 18 fps, as Grover Krantz believed, the event lasted 53 seconds.
Patterson said he became interested in Bigfoot after reading an article about the creature by Ivan T. Sanderson in True magazine in December 1959. In 1962 he visited Bluff Creek and talked with a whole host of Bigfoot-believers. In 1964 he returned and met a timber-cruiser named Pat Graves, who drove him to Laird Meadows. There Patterson saw fresh tracks—for him an almost unbearably exciting, spine-chilling experience. Alas, fame and fortune were not gained that year, nor the next, nor the next. Patterson invested thousands of hours and dollars combing Bigfoot and Sasquatch territory.
He fought constant ridicule and a shortage of funds. Through it he solicited funds . The response was encouraging and enabled him to lead several expeditions . In 1966 he published a paperback book at his own expense . Patterson’s book, Do Abominable Snowmen of America Really Exist?
The book has been characterized as “little more than a collection of newspaper clippings laced together with Patterson’s circus-poster style prose”. June 1967 Patterson began filming a docudrama or pseudo-documentary about cowboys being led by an old miner and a wise Indian tracker on a hunt for Bigfoot. Roger drove to Hollywood in 1964 and visited rockabilly songwriter and guitarist Jerry Lee Merritt, a Yakima native who was living there in Hollywood then. He was trying to sell his hoop-toy invention. In 1966 he visited Merritt again while he was still trying to sell his hoop-toy invention.