CANTON — Bigfoot is coming to Canton.
"On the Trail of Bigfoot," a documentary miniseries, will premiere at 8 p.m. Friday at the Canton Palace Theatre, 605 Market Ave. N.
The miniseries, produced by the Wadsworth-based Small Town Monsters production company, examines the legend of Bigfoot. Filmmaker Seth Breedlove joined Bigfoot investigators, researchers and enthusiasts, and spent "the better part of the year tracking the ongoing search for 'Sasquatch' in some of the most uninhabitable regions of the U.S.," the production company said.
Four of the six episodes in the three-hour miniseries will be shown. Tickets are $5.
The Bolivar native first delved into the subject with his inaugural 2015 documentary, “Minerva Monster,” chronicling the sightings of a thick-haired creature in Stark County in the late 1970s.
What’s new is the insertion of Breedlove’s own experience and perspective.
During the thread of films, he admits to his own mounting frustration with a subject reliant almost exclusively on eyewitness accounts. So Breedlove advances his quest, deciding he must journey to an area where the creature is most likely to reside, shadowing a band of Sasquatch sleuths (the North American Wood Ape Conservancy) on a stakeout in an isolated swath of Oklahoma.
Filming takes viewers deep into the wilderness. Twigs snap underfoot. Leaves canvas the terrain. Verdant forests sprawl into the distance. Mist clouds the panoramic landscape. Breedlove accomplishes this on a roughly $5,000 budget, writing, directing, narrating and editing the series while co-producing it with his wife.
He asks obvious questions that other Bigfoot-focused films may dodge or ignore: How can a creature standing between 7 and 10 foot tall and weighing 300 to 600 pounds elude tangible detection for decades? How can this supposed creature be reported in every state despite varying habitats, climate and topography? And why isn’t there a dead body?
The "On the Trail of Bigfoot" series will debut on streaming platforms such as Amazon Prime Video, Vimeo OnDemand and VIDI Space, the company said. DVDs are available through smalltownmonsters.com and will also be sold at the premiere, which will be attended by members of the film crew and cast members. An area Bigfoot investigative team that appears in the series will be on hand to take questions.
The series was written, shot and directed by Breedlove, who produced the project with his wife, Adrienne.
For more information, go to: smalltownmonsters.com or onthetrailof.tv.