“Those ‘Racing Extinction’ producers had it easy. Try making a movie about a species that people don’t believe even exists in the first place!”— Dan Wayne, Director, Big Fur

A Kansas City filmmaker’s daring attempt to publicize a documentary film ended in a scuffle with police at the base of the iconic Empire State Building in NYC. During his bail hearing, Dan Wayne argued that other filmmakers, from Louis Psihoyos to Merian C. Cooper, have used the Empire State Building, so it was effectively in the public domain.

Crews worked before dawn to remove approximately 150 tons of brown fur. Early morning joggers assumed it was yet another Greenpeace protest, but after he was released, Wayne held a press conference to explain the stunt. “Conservationists and environmentalists don’t usually see eye-to-eye,” he said. “But both groups agree that if Bigfoot’s critical habitat is preserved, we’ll have done something worthwhile, even if that particular species is never scientifically accepted.”

Wayne’s film, ‘Big Fur’, is a biographical portrait of Ken Walker, a World Champion taxidermist who is obsessed with Bigfoot. Over the course of the film, Walker uses his impressive skills and artistry to create a remarkably lifelike Bigfoot.

The fur was synthetic, and made from recycled water bottles collected at Manhattan ‘hot yoga’ studios over the past month. 

NYPD scuffles with Big Fur director Dan Wayne