Thursday, August 9, 2018

Bigfoot movie set in Conecuh County to be shown in Atmore on Aug. 18


Local residents who have yet to see “Bo McGraw and the Legend of the Alabama Bigfoot,” a feature-length movie set and partially filmed in Conecuh County, will get their chance to watch it later this month during a showing in Atmore.

According to Steve Jenks, who stars in the title role as “Bo McGraw,” the movie will be shown on Sat., Aug. 18, starting at 6 p.m. at the Strand Theater in downtown Atmore. The event will also include a “Squatch Calling” contest and a number of special guests.”

Directed by filmmaker Jon Miller, “Bo McGraw and the Legend of the Alabama Bigfoot” debuted on May 3 at the Crescent Theater in Mobile, and there was a “strong turnout” for the movie’s premiere. 

For those who have yet to see the film, this “fun, family movie” is billed as a comedy about Bo McGraw, a “bumbling outdoor enthusiast” who “clumsily attempts to capture the elusive Bigfoot” after a “series of unexplained creature sightings make news in rural Alabama.”

The plot of the film is set in the fictional community of Pine Straw, Alabama, which in the movie is said to be located just outside of Evergreen, the “Bigfoot Capital of Alabama.” Filming for the movie began in late January and footage in the film includes more than a few landmarks that residents of Conecuh County will recognize, including Booker’s Mill, Bull Slough Bridge, the Evergreen water tower at Exit 96, the old Bank of Evergreen building, the fountains in downtown Evergreen, Evergreen City Hall and the Old L&N Depot in downtown Evergreen.

Jenks, a Clarke County resident who plays the lead role of Bo McGraw in the movie, said he was excited by the size of the crowd that turned out for the movie’s premiere at the Crescent Theater, which is located on Dauphin Street in downtown Mobile.

Miller and Jenks have both noted that they are interested in the possibility of showing the movie in Conecuh County, ideally somewhere in or around Evergreen. Miller and Jenks said they were both considering possible screening venues in Evergreen and the possibility of perhaps showing the movie at future public events like the Conecuh Sausage Festival.

“We are wide open with the possibilities,” Jenks said.

Miller has also indicated that talks are already in the works about a possible sequel to the movie.

Folks have also already been asking about a sequel or follow up, which is a good sign I think,” Miller said. “I would definitely like to do that. I've got lots of ideas about it but nothing officially planned.”

Those who haven’t seen the movie can watch it anytime online through Amazon Prime or Vimeo On Demand. For more information about the movie and to watch a trailer for the film, visit the website BoMcGraw.com.

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