The Bouvier Bigfoot Footage - The Full Story [Bigfoot Times]
Editor's Note: This is a guest post by Daniel Perez of the Bigfoot Times. The full story is in the current edition of the Bigfoot Times (http://bigfoottimes.blogspot.com) (May 2014). Check out the Bigfoot Times website for more information.
In a recent episode of Finding Bigfoot, a film of an alleged Bigfoot was presented. The 8 millimeter Kodak film with 149 frames of the subject in it was shot in July 1962 in Colorado’s Roosevelt National Forest in an area called the Rawah Wilderness. The person who shot the film was Alfred Clifton Bouvier, who has passed on. He was a Boy Scout pack leader at the time in question and many people were on the trip but only the cinematographer was present when the film was shot.
Several researchers have pointed out that the Bouvier film predates the P-G film, 1967, by several years and it is the oldest film on record of a Bigfoot like creature.
However, there may be a much older one on record. The late Joan Jeffers from Bradford, Pennsylvania had an uncle who in 1948 not only saw what he thought to be a Bigfoot but shot 8 millimeter film of the thing in Mountain View, Alaska, north of Anchorage.
John Green, who provided this lead to me many years ago, noted, “uncle was always interested in Sasquatch information and told her father he had seen one and filmed it - just something tall and hairy walking through a field in Alaska. Film lasted only a couple of seconds. Joan first saw the film in 1991, on a video she had made of 8 millimeter family films. Knows no details.”
When I called Joan in 1994 she told me the film was shot with large electrical towers nearby and that her aunt witnessed the event as her husband shot the film while driving a truck along a road.
But getting back to the Bouvier film, Cliff Barackman provided contact information to the Boy Scout son, Gary Bouvier, who was 13 at the time the film was shot. Here is what he told me on the phone when I jingled him on April 27th. They were camped at the Hooligan Roost Campsite when the event happened and his older brother, Butch, was also part of the scouting group.
The film sequence came to light one day during a “big family get together” when his brother saw the film sequence in question and told them to “back it up,” in reference to the projected film.
Gary told me his dad didn’t talk about the film too much: “dad was pretty short...we pumped him off and on,” and what he did get out of it... eventually, was “it was upright,” and that it “turned to look at him [the camera man]” and “it was not human.” The film was shot above the timberline. He also told me that when his dad got this film it was just part of a larger filming sequence of scenery shooting.
Gary would later reflect about the time in question and much later make the connection with some of the odd commands of his father and the film, which he didn’t find out about until after they were back home. The boys were ordered to stay in the tents because of “Rocky Mountain tick fever” and that the scouts were ordered “not to leave camp,” and to only “travel as a group.”
Gary Bouvier is the inherited owner of the film and has since had the movie copyrighted with his name. Some work on the film was done at CinemaLab near Denver, Colorado. The film was cleaned and found to be a “real” film of something, unspliced from the roll it is on. Gary also mentioned that after so many years since the film was shot the Finding Bigfoot crew and himself could not find the exact location where the footage was shot. In the film the subject appears to be jumping from rock to rock in the snow but the distance to the subject is unknown.
Having spoken to Gary I don’t have the slightest reason to suspect this film is a hoax. My only comment is the subject is too far away from the camera to be of any real value. This film can be seen on YouTube by typing in “Finding Bigfoot Colorado film.”