Sony BMG Tracks Down 'Sasquatch'
New Sony music film label grabs Aspen Film Fest favorite
The company is hoping for a "Napoleon Dynamite"-style sleeper success with "Sasquatch" which, not coincidentally, comes from many of the same filmmakers at that geek chic comedy.
Tim Skousen, an assistant director on "Dynamite," wrote and directed "Sasquatch," the audience award for best narrative feature at January's Slamdance Festival.
The comedy focuses on a group of friends who become convinced that they've found Bigfoot prints out in the woods. Two of the friends decide to profit from the situation. Jeremy Sumpter ("Clubhouse"), Justin Long ("Ed"), Carl Weathers ("Rocky") and Stephen Tobolowsky ("Groundhog Day") star.
"The incredible team behind 'The Sasquatch Dumpling Gang' makes it a perfect film for our audience and a natural to succeed in the home entertainment market," says Jim Wilson of Sony BMG. "We're excited for the opportunity that this acquisition presents."
In addition to the Slamdance prize, "Sasquatch" also earned best director and best actor (for Long) wins at the recent Aspen Comedy Film Festival.
Established in August 2005 "in order to develop, finance and produce music-related theatrical films" (it's unclear where "Sasquatch" fits with that mandate), Sony BMG Films will begin production later this spring on "Reggaeton" from director Alejandro Chomski.