The Wild Man of the Navidad….Justin Meeks and Duane Graves
THE WILD MAN OF THE NAVIDAD is an unsettling brew of dark comedy, suspense and terror, adapted from real-life journals kept in the early 1970’s by Dale S. Rogers while living in Sublime – a town in a sparsely populated part of Texas about 100 miles north of where the movie was lensed. Mr. Rogers lived with his invalid wife, Jean, and hired hand, Mario, in a quaint ranch house on a plantation that can be traced back through at least five generations of his family. It was in this region, in the mid 1800’s, that the legend of the wild man was born – a story many believe to be the first documented sightings of a Sasquatch-like being in South Texas. This vintage horror tale debunks history books to tell the veracious, harrowing story of a rural community whose residents were terrified for years by a mysterious creature inhabiting the nearby woods The Wild Man of the Navidad is a 2008 much-praised horror film picked up by IFC Films shortly after its world premiere at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival, and is slated to debut on the Independent Film Channel’s Festival Direct platform February 11, 2009. The film is a throwback to drive-in Sasquatch classics of the 1970’s like The Legend of Boggy Creek, and is unique in its extremely accurate recreation of their specific vintage style, pacing and feel — from the vivid, real-life characters all the way down to the period production design and hometown music. The film was co-produced by Kim Henkel, co-writer of the original The Texas Chain Saw Massacre with Tobe Hooper in 1974, and was written, directed and edited by two of Mr. Henkel’s screenwriting/production students at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi, Justin Meeks and Duane Graves. Join us on Nite Callers tonight as we welcome Justin and Duane to share with us how they brought history and legend to the big screen.