Welcome to the 6th-annual Mayor’s Cup Movie. The first five showcased the legend of the Lake Champlain Monster. This summer we’re taking a break from “Champ” to give his shaggy landlocked kindred spirit, Bigfoot, the spotlight.
Since its humble beginnings centuries ago in Native American mythology, the legend of Bigfoot has first and foremost been associated with the Pacific Northwest, but there’s a long history of sightings reported elsewhere across the nation, including right here in the Adirondacks (a wealth of long-term regional info is available courtesy of Google).
Independent filmmaker Adam Deierling’s “The Creature of Stark Hills” (2017) exemplifies the spell Bigfoot continues to cast over popular culture, stirring the imaginations of both those who make movies and those who merely watch them.
Local film preservationist and archivist Andy MacDougall has obtained Mr. Deierling’s personal 16mm print of “The Creature of Stark Hills” (and official permission) for screening at this year’s Mayors Cup. That’s right, on good old fashioned reel-to-reel film! Although shot on location in Macfarlin, West Virginia, and Canton, Ohio, the scenery on display is a dead ringer for the Adirondack region. Seriously, we could just as easily be talking about “The Creature of Pok-o-Moonshine” here! Anyway, butter up the popcorn, grab a seat, and enjoy.
Showing at 7 pm on Saturday, July 6th in the Chamber Room of City Hall (1st Floor), downtown Plattsburgh. Free and open to all.