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LCVA artist’s talk and film focus on Bigfoot

What does a cult classic film about Bigfoot have to do with art?

Photographer and Longwood University alumnus Alex Grabiec will discuss the film “Willow Creek” and his interest in American landscape and legend at 6 p.m. on Friday, April 29, in the Longwood Cabin, 1401 Johnston Drive, Farmville.

In his artist talk, “Someone Else’s Memory,” Grabiec will discuss his work in photography, which features locations of Bigfoot sightings throughout the U.S. and the themes of locale, dissemination of information, memory, and a skeptical examination of authentic experience. Grabiec will also introduce the film and facilitate discussion following the screening.

“Willow Creek” takes viewers on a quest to discover Bigfoot in the deep forests of Humboldt County, Calif. Described by film critics as a “slow-burn horror flick … offering a neat bit of gender politics and even commentary on the way we often seek that which we know we should not find,” the found-footage format follows a couple as they venture ever deeper into dense wilderness in search of the legendary and elusive Sasquatch. While “Willow Creek” opens with deceptive humor (courtesy of its director, comedian Bobcat Goldthwait) as the couple collects quirky interviews with locals living on the outskirts of the woods, it takes an ominous twist as they travel farther and farther away from civilization.

“Someone Else’s Memory – Willow Creek” is the second cult film screening hosted by LCVA at the Longwood Cabin, and builds upon the positive reception to their screening and discussion of “Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn” at the cabin last fall. Campfire-themed refreshments will be served, and a free shuttle will operate between the Greenwood Library on Longwood’s campus and Longwood Cabin beginning at 5:30 p.m. The event is made possible in part through the generous support of the Walter J. Payne Foundation, the TR June H. Guthrie Trust and the Rock Foundation.

This event is free and open to the public. No registration is required. To learn more about Alex’s work, visit www.alexgrabiec.com