Friday, March 04, 2005

"Skunk Ape" documentary makes its debut

oh yeah.

Make no mistake about it, Nate Martin wants to get it right. The young filmmaker is making sure by picking brains, asking questions, and seeking suggestions for his pet project, a 59-minute documentary entitled The Ochopee Skunk Ape.

In that quest, the native Marco Island resident invited a select audience of about a dozen friends into his home recently for a private screening of the film. He wasn't necessarily looking for kudos and applause - although he did receive those - rather he was seeking constructive ideas and recommendations to improve his product.

"This screening is more of a learning situation for me rather than a presentation," Martin said. "Anything that my audience can suggest in order to make the documentary even more professional I'll listen to. Believe me, I'm showing it this evening to feed my ego. I know there's still work to be done, and I welcome any input I receive tonight to achieve that goal."

Filmed in the heart of the lush Florida Everglades, the documentary centers around Dave Shealy, who has spent nearly his whole life looking for a creature akin to the Jersey Devil, The Abominable Snowman or Bigfoot which has its home in the Big Cypress Swamp. The film essentially enables the viewer to explore Shealy's evidence on the creature along with listening to eyewitness testimony.

Shealy, who also doubles as the Acting Mayor of Ochopee (pop. 11) has appeared on such national television shows as Unsolved Mysteries, The Daily Show, The Pulse, and Inside Edition. He has also written about his skunk ape adventures in The Enquirer, The Sun, Miami New Times, and Reader's Digest.

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