VIFF 2013 notes: Bobcat Goldthwait slays at the Rio
Bobcat Goldthwait reminded the audience at Friday’s screening of Willow Creek that he was a pretty edgy stand-up guy before he became a pretty edgy TV and film director. When somebody from the Rio theatre audience called out, “We love you Bobcat,” during the live intro to Goldthwait’s (excellent) Bigfoot movie, the filmmaker responded, “Oh, thanks, that’ll keep the shotgun out of my mouth back at my room at the Sutton.”
“Oh wait, sorry, this city has a problem with dead celebrities and hotel rooms, doesn’t it?” Goldthwait continued, referring to a recent and, let's assume, very obvious high profile death in Vancouver. “C'mon, did we really lose one of the greats?” he went on over a mixture of laughter and the sound of people shifting uncomfortably in their seats. When somebody inevitable yelled out, “Too soon!” Goldthwait shot back, “Nah, I would have said it on the day.”
During the post-film Q&A, the famed couch-arsonist described himself as a “misanthrope” who found the deep woods location of Willow Creek “comforting,” despite the presence of armed drug cartels in the area. He also kept the crowd entertained with stories of in-fighting in the Bigfoot research community, the park ranger who wrote a Sasquatch-themed tween novel called Yeti or Not (true story!), and Jimmy Kimmel’s nickname for the film: "Scary and the Hendersons."
Willow Creek screens again at the Cinematheque on October 7 at 9:15 p.m.