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If World Champion taxidermist Ken Walker can't find Bigfoot, he'll make one.
If World Champion taxidermist Ken Walker can't find Bigfoot, he'll make one.
If World Champion taxidermist Ken Walker can't find Bigfoot, he'll make one.
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So, what's the Big Fur story, anyway?

I've spent the last three years following World Champion taxidermist Ken Walker as he builds a life-sized Bigfoot, based on frames from the iconic 1967 Patterson-Gimlin movie.

Ken's preliminary "sketch" of Patty's head
Ken's preliminary "sketch" of Patty's head

Ken unveiled 'Patty' at the 2015 Taxidermy World Championship. While he would've loved to win ‘Best in Show’, his real hope was that putting her on display would prompt some hunter to open his freezer and pull out the proof that Bigfoot is real. Instead, it was Ken’s love life that got thawed out.

Big Fur is a wry, funny portrait of an eccentric artist-hero, with a serious underlying message: When the last wilderness is gone, creatures like Bigfoot will become extinct, even in our imaginations.

True love and crypto-hominids, eh? They're both elusive. But Ken’s still sure that any day, Bigfoot proof will be confirmed. Until then, he’ll keep looking.

Big Fur is already at the rough cut stage. I've done everything I can by myself and on my own dime. What's left are the parts of the filmmaking process that take a lot of money.

We're raising money to cover the costs of...

We've done all we can do by ourselves. What remains to be done costs money, which is why we need your contribution now.
We've done all we can do by ourselves. What remains to be done costs money, which is why we need your contribution now.

We've got a great story that will introduce taxidermy to a broad new audience and provide insight into the world of Bigfoot and 'Bigfooters'.

Now we need your help to make our movie look and sound as good as possible, and ensure that it is seen by as many people as possible.

Without finishing funds, our movie is like a headless, toeless Bigfoot.
Without finishing funds, our movie is like a headless, toeless Bigfoot.

Big Fur is perfect for Kickstarter, and Kickstarter is perfect for Big Fur

Taxidermy's hip again—after decades of obscurity and ridicule—and we've created a movie that goes a long way towards proving that it's a legitimate art form, alongside painting or sculpture. After all, it requires painting and sculpture! But let's face it: if we went to some studio executive or cable television boss and pitched a movie about a world-class taxidermist so obsessed with Bigfoot that he makes one, they'd think we were nuts. And maybe we are crazy, but we're three years into this thing, and we know that we have a story worth telling, about a character worth knowing.

That's why we're bringing our movie straight to you. Maybe you think it's time for sympathetic and un-sensationalized portrayal of a 'Bigfooter', or you agree that taxidermy is an art form. Maybe you just want to ensure that in years to come, there will still be some real wilderness left—because when the last forest is tamed, we'll have lost more than Bigfoot. 

By contributing, you're really becoming part of our filmmaking team. Even if it's just a few bucks, you'll be kept in the loop as the film approaches completion. And when it comes out, you'll know you helped make is as good as possible. Any donation, large or small, helps us to promote the ideas that taxidermy is real art; that kids benefit from wilderness experiences; and that hunters have lots in common with environmentalists. After all, they share the same goals. All that sounds highfalutin' and serious—and our film conveys some serious messages, but it does it in a fun, funny way. When you see the movie, you'll feel great that you're a part of it.

This is an all-or-nothing deal

Your support is essential, because if we don't reach our goal, we don't get anything. We've laid out the leanest budget that will ensure an excellent result. If we don't get that much money, you won't be charged a cent. If we get more, our stretch goals will allow us to market and distribute the film more effectively, so that it is seen by even more people.

All of the proceeds of this Kickstarter campaign will go towards outside costs. You're not paying us, you're helping us to pay others. Even if you can't contribute, you can still help us by spreading the word about Big Fur! Post a link to this Kickstarter page on your Facebook page, Tweet about us, post a link on forums... tell your friends! The more people know about Big Fur, the better!

Big Fur's small team

Dan studied photography at Kansas University and film at New York University . He has collaborated with Big Fur editor and co-producer George Langworthy on several projects, including the short Breezeway and the critically acclaimed feature doc Vanishing of the bees Click on his photo up at the top right corner of this page to see how he came about making Big Fur, his first feature.

George grew up with Dan in Kansas City. He followed his passion for entertainment while at Cambridge University, where he wrote and performed in the legendary comedic troupe Footlights. As a fellow in the Michener Center for Writers MFA program, George wrote and directed several short films including Breezeway which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. He has also filmed iconic bands like No Doubt, The White Stripes and Devo. Recently, George devoted four years to producing and directing the award-winning environmental documentary Vanishing of the Bees, narrated by Ellen Page.

As an advertising agency Creative Director, Mark has written dozens of films, but they've almost all been only 30 seconds long. His book 'Riding Man' is currently in development as a feature film by Escape Artists. 

Check out our unique rewards!

Several of our favorite authors—people who had a big influence on 'Big Fur'—donated signed books for us to offer as rewards. Quantities are limited, so choose quick!
Several of our favorite authors—people who had a big influence on 'Big Fur'—donated signed books for us to offer as rewards. Quantities are limited, so choose quick!
We're going to go out on a limb here and venture to say that 'Big Fur' is the first project in the history of Kickstarter that includes hand-crafted glass eyes as rewards. Cross our hearts...
We're going to go out on a limb here and venture to say that 'Big Fur' is the first project in the history of Kickstarter that includes hand-crafted glass eyes as rewards. Cross our hearts...
Official Big Fur posters. We're still refining these, they'll be more official when they're finished.
Official Big Fur posters. We're still refining these, they'll be more official when they're finished.
Big Fur DVD
Big Fur DVD

 JUST ADDED! Big Fur YOGA PANTS!

Imagine your favorite taxidermist in these furry stylish yoga pants. Or Bigfoot (available in XXXL).
Imagine your favorite taxidermist in these furry stylish yoga pants. Or Bigfoot (available in XXXL).
2 hat options
2 hat options
2 shirt options. Both say BigFurMovie.com across the shoulders, on the back.
2 shirt options. Both say BigFurMovie.com across the shoulders, on the back.
Bigfoot air freshener added to all rewards at $50 and over!
Bigfoot air freshener added to all rewards at $50 and over!
A limited edition pedestal mount of Patty's head, made by World Champ and Big Fur star Ken Walker
A limited edition pedestal mount of Patty's head, made by World Champ and Big Fur star Ken Walker
Panda pedestal mount (re-creation)! Made by Ken Walker!
Panda pedestal mount (re-creation)! Made by Ken Walker!
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Risks and challenges

If conclusive proof of Bigfoot emerges, we may have to re-cut the movie.

We are very close to being finished and will be releasing a movie soon. The thing is, if we reach our funding goal, it will be even better. The remaining items are not fluff, they're necessary and expensive parts of the post-production process. The amount we're seeking is the bare minimum we feel we need to deliver an excellent product. If we can raise more funds beyond our goal, it will help us build our audience by allowing us to enter the film into more festivals and even tour with the film in our big, furry van throughout North America.

Our biggest risk is that—like Bigfoot—our movie will only be seen by a few people. If we can raise the funds to finish the movie the way we'd like, and promote and market it effectively, we know it will find its audience and be successful.

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    A big Thank You! from the filmmakers sent to you on a HAND-WRITTEN BIG FUR POSTCARD. Everyone likes to get mail (unless it's a bill!)

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    A 1 year subscription to BREAKTHROUGH MAGAZINE (4 issues). Breakthrough Magazine is the premiere taxidermy trade journal.

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    STILL LIFE: Adventures in Taxidermy signed by the author, Melissa Milgrom, hardback edition

    When she was writing ‘Still Life’ (first published in 2010) Melissa tagged along with Ken Walker while he re-created a long-extinct Irish Elk, using DNA studies and paleolithic cave art as references. Her book, which the Washington Post said was, “Hilarious but respectful” and New Yorker called “Engrossing” helped to make taxidermy hip again.

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    Bob is a Yale-trained ecologist and Guggenheim fellow who went from the Ivy League to the dark, old-growth forests of the Pacific Northwest. In 'Mariposa Road', he chronicles a year spent crisscrossing the U.S. to see the maximum number of butterfly species in a single year. (His final count: 477!) Bigfoot fans will know Bob as the author of Where Bigfoot Walks: Crossing The Dark Divide.

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    TAXIDERMY ART: A Rogue’s Guide to the Work, the Culture, and How to Do It Yourself, signed by the author, Robert Marbury

    This great, lavishly illustrated hardback book is a survey of contemporary American ‘rogue taxidermy’—taxidermy in which the goal is creating a work of art, not necessarily a lifelike or realistic impression of the animal. This book was blurbed by indy film icon John Waters, which tells you all you need to know!

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    All contributions at $50 or more will ALSO receive a BIGFOOT AIR FRESHENER! I can't modify the rewards after one has been sold, but we'll add this to your reward. It smells better than Bigfoot, I promise!

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    A full color, official BIG FUR POSTER, signed by World Champion taxidermist Ken Walker.

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    Big. Fur. Yoga. Pants. Stress-relieving, health-conscious and stylish! That's right, get these for your favorite taxidermist, they all look good in them. Especially when they are also wearing an apron.

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    A pair of VIP TICKETS to the Kansas City PREMIERE OF BIG FUR. Reserved seating.

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    A FULL REGISTRATION at the next World Taxidermy Championships® May 16-20, 2017. The Location is Peoria, Illinois (Travel and accommodations not included). You'll have access into the Trade Show, Competition Areas (when open), and eligibility to compete in and attend the taxidermy and fish carving seminars.

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    CHAT WITH THE BIG FUR DUDES! Conference call with World Champ Ken and Director Dan for one hour. Talk about Bigfoot, taxidermy, filmmaking, share dirty jokes, or all of the above!

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    POSTCARD, 2 SHIRTS, TRUCKER HAT, SIGNED POSTER, DVD and a special set of FIVE 8x10 PRODUCTION STILL PHOTOS.

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    A PAIR of VIP TICKETS to the Kansas City PREMIERE OF BIG FUR (reserved seats) and some fine KC BBQ with the Big Fur team (Ken, Dan, George and Mark) AND admittance to the AFTER PARTY, where Ken will probably sing!

    Travel and accommodations aren't included, unless you'd like to sleep in the Big Furry van (van berth available on first-come basis only.) Date will be determined by festival schedule.

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    Reward #26 and your name in the SPECIAL THANKS END CREDITS! Become, like Bigfoot, a living legend!

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    You'll be THANKED in our FILM'S CREDITS, and you can point out your name at the PREMIERE of the film in Kansas City, because you'll also get a PAIR of VIP TICKETS (reserved seating). Transportation and accommodations not included.

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    SASQUATCH HEAD! Re-creation Sasquatch pedestal mount head, similar to the one seen on 'Patty', the Bigfoot that Ken makes in the film. Your friends will be jealous. And scared. Maybe, both. Handcrafted by World Champion taxidermist Ken Walker.

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    GIANT PANDA PEDESTAL MOUNT
    Painstakingly re-created using non-endangered black bear hides. Own one of the world's most unique examples of the taxidermist's art. World Champion taxidermist Ken Walker will make this reproduction himself, just like one featured in the movie. Ken's first re-creation Panda fooled the curator at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History and won Best of Show at the World Taxidermy Championships, so this one is sure to fool and impress your neighbors.

    This reward level also includes an EXECUTIVE PRODUCER CREDIT, so you'll be immortalized on IMDB! You'll also get a souvenir T-SHIRT and a signed POSTER, presented in person at a KC BBQ dinner with the Big Fur Team, two VIP TICKETS to the Kansas City PREMIERE and a good time at the after party. (Transportation and accommodation not included.)

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