INTERVIEW WITH SETH ALNE ON SQUATCH IOWA
This week we're highlighting a film that won the Best CUP (Cryptid UFO Paranormal) Feature Award at the first annual VIDI SPACE Film Festival this year. Squatch Iowa, created by two brothers (Seth and Jesse Alne), follows a team of investigators set out to prove the existence of Sasquatch in the state of Iowa. Following eyewitnesses and revisits of their own experiences, the crew documents many unexplained and abnormal events that increase the mystery that is Sasquatch. I really enjoyed the film. My background in the "fortean" world began on the paranormal side, but since has moved into the sasquatch/cryptid world. Needless to say, the film was right down my alley. - AR, Editor
”When it comes to the Cryptid world. Everyone has there own opinions and they are very stuck to it. Also many Squatchers are nature and scientifically based so paranormal is just not in that realm for them. Myself as a current paranormal investigator and my brother as a former one, know that stuff exists and it opens our brains to the possibilities. - Seth Alne
I’m going to start this with the obvious question, but I think it’s an important one; What got each of you into the subject of Bigfoot?
Personally, I’ve done quite a bit of work in the world of Bigfoot over the past few years through various film projects and I have to admit, even I was surprised when I learned of all the sasquatch activity in Iowa. It seems that was something you were having to push against from the very beginning, even among those in the bigfoot “community”. Can you talk a little about the decision to undertake a project like “Squatch Iowa”, knowing that you’d likely be met with critics from the outset? In short, what compelled you to make this film knowing it certainly wouldn’t be easy on many fronts…
One of the best (and sometimes worst) parts of researching the Bigfoot subject is dealing with the elements and other aspects of being in the field. There are no sets or scripts and, many times, the best laid plans fall apart due to weather, animals, or equipment issues. What were some of the challenges you faced when filming “Squatch Iowa”?
There were definitely challenges. A big one was weather. We started at the end of summer in 2018 and filmed until the beginning of summer 2019, so the meat and potatoes of it was in the winter. Our camp out in the film, we were sleeping in 29 degree weather. Very cold hunts and also one very hot one. We also had too film multiple hunts around saylorville lake due to unexpected flooding blocking off prime areas. But other than that it was a pretty smooth filming experience.
“Squatch Iowa” touches on something that is often considered “taboo” in the world of sasquatch; the paranormal. Why do you think so many people (again, even within the community) are unwilling to explore the paranormal possibilities surrounding the subject?
In your personal opinion, what is THE most compelling piece of evidence supporting the existence of bigfoot? Footprints? Video (blurry as it may be)? Vocalizations? First Nations stories?
You better believe I saved the best for (almost) last; What are people seeing? What do the footprints belong to? What are people hearing howl in the woods? Plain and simple, what IS bigfoot?
Ooh this is the best and the hardest. They are seeing a creature, in my belief and from what I’ve researched and experienced myself, that is not quite of this world. The paranormal side of things we showcased in the film are not just for kicks and giggles. It’s strange unexplained things that always seem to accompany Squatch activity and to say that it is not related, I just can’t do that. I honestly can’t say why this bieing exists. It’s such a deep deep mystery that even if we had a body, we wouldn’t have all the answers. Being a Bible believer, I think one of the possibilities of this creature is linked to the Nephilim. Fallen angels mating with humans. Who knows what came of this. All I know for sure is people are seeing a hairy ape like creature in the woods that is extremely smart and elusive.
Finally, what do you want viewers to take away from “Squatch Iowa”?
I want viewers to walk away hopefully with a more open mind to the possibility of the existence of Bigfoot. And for the ones in the field to open up to them being everywhere, not just in these broad forested and mountain states. People are having experiences and sightings and this is another avenue for the stories to get out there to show those who may be too afraid to tell their stories that they are not alone. Bigfoot are all around us. We just have to open our eyes and try to see.