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July 19-21 2024

Oakridge Oregon

Meet Our Speakers!

Expert researchers share their story


Todd Neiss

Bigfoot witness-turned-researcher, Todd M. Neiss has been an active investigator for over 30 years. Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, he grew up hearing of these legendary creatures, alternately known as Bigfoot or Sasquatch, but gave it little credibility beyond that of an urban legend or just a good old-fashioned campfire tale designed to frighten young campers. All of that changed for Todd in the spring of 1993. As a Sergeant in the Army's 1249th Combat Engineer Battalion, he came face to face with, not one, but three of the elusive giants in the temperate rain forest of Oregon's Coast Range while conducting high-explosives training. His sighting was independently corroborated by three fellow soldiers who also witnessed these creatures. Since that fateful day, Neiss has conducted numerous investigations including several long-term expeditions in the Coastal, Cascade and Blue Mountain Ranges of Oregon & Washington, as

well as Northern California, Arizona, Alaska, Ohio, Nebraska, Arkansas, Oklahoma and British Columbia. Todd believes that, in the tradition of Jane Goodall, Biruté Galdikas and Diane Fossey, the best way to obtain credible evidence of the existence of these fascinating beings is to insert a small research team into the heart of prime Bigfoot habitat for an extended period of time; ideally for 45 to 60-day rotations. In doing so, he hopes to acclimatize the creatures to their presence and eventually overcome their inherent apprehension of humans.


David Shealy

Skunk Ape Expert' David Shealy is the founder of the ‘Skunk Ape Research Headquarters’ in Ochopee, Florida and had his first encounter with the Skunk Ape back in 1974, when he was just 10 years old. He bases his research operation out of his headquarters, which is located at 40904 Tamiami Trail in Ochopee, Florida. It is here in the depths of the Everglades, where David Shealy has dedicated his life to studying the smelly, elusive Skunk Ape. ​ Dave Shealy’s family has lived in the Everglades for generations. They first settled there in 1891, built the first local schoolhouse and spent the next handful of decades giving swamp tours and renting out camping spots. The Shealy’s time in the Everglades, though, is just a fraction of time compared to how long the notorious Skunk Ape has purportedly stalked the swamplands. ​ David has had 4 Skunk Ape sightings throughout his life in the Big Cypress Preserve and captured one of them on film on July 8, 2000 quickly moving through the deep water in a sawgrass marsh. ​ David Shealy has been featured on many TV and radio shows, newspapers, magazines, podcasts and documentaries for his Skunk Ape expertise and dedication to research. ​ David works closely with the Mid Florida Bigfoot Research Team and conducts Bigfoot and Skunk Ape research with them, whenever possible.


Kristi Sanders

Kristi discovered her fascination for Bigfoot  while watching a MonterQuest episode filmed in the Portland/Southern Washington area, an area an area she frequented on family camping trips as a child. 

Realizing she had seen the tree break and bedding areas on these trips she called her husband and asked, "Ever heard of a Sasquatch?" His reply - "Yeah, I had a face-to-face encounter as a boy [in Estacada]" - would set her future course; she was hooked. 

Grabbing her kids, she immediately drove with them to the snowy Mount St Helens area in Washington. On a random snow-covered hill, she found a string of prints leading them off the mountain into a marsh.

Volunteering for the BFRO taught her how to use the scientific method (including self-skepticism and debunking) and various equipment to bring professionalism to her efforts. She has brought her skills and experience to Blue Mountain Bigfoot Research, realizing that classification will take a group effort and more than just "hoping somebody else does it."

She very much loves the Pacific Northwest and is a passionate cramper, hunter, and backpacker.

When not looking for Bigfoot, Kristi is an international continuing education instructor for veterinarians, medical doctors, doctors of osteopathy, and dentists.

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Brett Eichenberger is an award-winning filmmaker with over twenty-five years of experience in film and video production. His work includes the feature films Light of Mine and Pretty Broken, A Flash of Beauty: Bigfoot Revealed, commercials, short films, music videos, and documentary shorts. Brett’s work has been featured on A&E, Discovery Channel, ABC Australia, PBS, and other prominent international networks. Brett began his work in film and video in Portland, Oregon. This led him to Los Angeles and opportunities with Fox, Universal Studios, and Miramax. Brett’s talent eventually brought him to Washington, DC, where he produced and edited documentaries and public service announcements broadcast in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Subsequent filmmaking assignments have taken him to Pakistan to document the earthquake devastation of 2005 and to Egypt for the U.S. Department of Defense to produce a short film for the Pan-Arab community.


Filmmaking has taken Brett around the world, but he feels most at home in the outdoors of the Pacific Northwest. As a native Oregonian, Brett’s been intrigued by Bigfoot since his childhood years. The previous documentary, A Flash of Beauty: Bigfoot Revealed, allowed him to explore the topic in depth. This sequel permittted him to take the journey down the rabbit hole in search of answers to this age-old mystery.

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As a producer, Jill Remensnyder’s work includes the feature films Light of Mine and Pretty Broken from her original screenplays. She’s produced short films and videos for various clients, music videos for artists on the Sony and Self Group labels, commercials, media content for the healthcare industry, and Oregon political campaigns. As a writer, she received wide recognition for a satirical police chief recruitment video. Wolf Blitzer, among others, compared her writing to an SNL skit.

Jill recently wrote and directed the dark comedy film Last Chance, starring comedians Steven Lolli and Anne Gregory, which is expected to be released in 2024.


In the summer of 2020, Jill shifted gears into documentary filmmaking and produced the cryptid documentaries A Flash of Beauty: Bigfoot Revealed and the sequel, A Flash of Beauty: Paranormal Bigfoot. She’s traveled the country to interview people who’ve experienced Bigfoot and the paranormal and share their encounters with the world.

Cliff Barackman has been doing bigfoot field research since 1994.  His expeditions have taken him to 46 states and five continents in search of evidence supporting the existence of undiscovered hominoids worldwide.    As the evidence analyst on Animal Planet’s hit television show, Finding Bigfoot, Cliff has applied his skill and expertise to a variety of photographic, video, film, and sound evidence. He has appeared on many other television shows and documentaries as a bigfoot specialist and cryptozoologist.   Cliff is especially familiar with the footprint and handprint evidence for sasquatches, and he is the curator for one of the largest collections of cast evidence in the world.  His collection includes impressions from North America, Asia, Australia, and Europe.   Cliff and his wife, Melissa own and curate the North American Bigfoot Center in Boring, Oregon which features the largest public collection of bigfoot evidence in the Pacific Northwest.   Besides his bigfoot interests, Cliff also is an accomplished guitarist. You can often find him quietly strumming on the porch of his rural property on the western slopes of Mount Hood, deep in the heart of sasquatch country.


Cliff Barackman


Jason Kenzie is an adventurer, photojournalist, and an International award-winning filmmaker.  Born and raised in beautiful BC, Canada, Jason has spent many years exploring the natural beauty of North America. He has traveled the world seeking adventure and documenting it with his camera. Jason’s love of animals led him to become a pet photojournalist and, wanting to share more of people’s stories about the love of their pets, he began filming his photo sessions. As word of his filming spread, pet owners from far and wide began contacting him which naturally led to Jason’s film series titled

“My Animal Adventures”. 

He began filming exotic pets to share the owner’s stories with the world and to fulfill his love of adventure. Jason has filmed alligators, bats in Cuba, wolves in Saskatchewan, bison, monkeys, snakes, kangaroos, and ostriches to name a few. Jason’s love of animals and the natural beauty of our world are seen in everything he produces.


His jump into the world of Bigfoot came after COVID-19 prohibited traveling. So with a flashlight, a video camera, and a quest for adventure, Jason started investigating eyewitness accounts about the infamous Cryptid. Jason has traveled deep into the Canadian and American wilderness in search of evidence and has produced 10 Bigfoot documentaries films entitled “Searching for Sasquatch” that can be viewed on several streaming platforms including,, Tubi TV, Hoopla, Overdrive, Qosm, Playnow Media, and his Youtube channel aphotowarrior.

 Jason is currently working on the 12th documentary set for release in, 2024.


Jason has also published 4 Children's books, called Adventures of Lil Jay Jay about a six-year-old boy who uses his imagination to travel the world meeting new animal friends. The 3rd and 4th book, Rescue to Cryptid Island features L’il Jay Jay helping a little female Bigfoot find her way back to her parents with the help of a little ghost, The Lochness Monster, and Mothboy.

 and The Quest to Save Bigfoot can be found on Amazon,, Target, chapters, and Indigo books. 

Jason has just published his first Bigfoot Comic Book, called Searching for Sasquatch: The Hidden Treasure of Bigfoot Valley.  A 40-page full-color adventure story about an elite group of Bigfoot researchers on a mission to find evidence of the Legendary Bigfoot.

Jason Kenzie


Tobe Johnson

Tobe Johnson is the author of ‘The Owl Moon Lab- A Paranormal Experiment. A groundbreaking true account of the paranormal connections to Sasquatch. 

With 2 decades of personal experiences and research, Tobe is no stranger to the reality of Sasquatch. 

As co-producer of the now  #2 most streamed documentary A Flash of Beauty: Paranormal Bigfoot and its historic predecessor  A Flash of Beauty: Bigfoot Revealed, Tobe attributes the success of the films to the quality of the witnesses who trusted a seasoned and expert film team.


Doug Meacham

Hypnotist, Doug Meacham, owner of Gresham Hypnosis Center, in Gresham, Oregon, has been helping people recall more of their Bigfoot experience for over 10 years. Doug, a hypnotist for over 30 years, is one of 12 people in the United States to be trained, certified and registered in Ultra Depth Hypnosis, a very unique form of hypnosis which allows for much greater recall and clarity of events. Doug has been featured in the independent documentary, A Flash of Beauty: Bigfoot Revealed, as well an an episode Expedition Bigfoot, season 2, on Discovery Plus.  


A Flash Of Beauty: Bigfoot Revealed!

Camp out at Greenwaters Park to view A Flash Of Beauty: Bigfoot Revealed. This documentary features interviews from eye-witnesses, expert researchers, as well as explores historical accounts and significance in indigenous cultures.

Friday Night


Saturday Night



July 19 2024


Vendors and Beer garden, live bands


David Shealy


Kristi Sanders


A Flash Of Beauty: Bigfoot Revealed


July 20 2024


Vendors and Beer garden


Cliff Barackman


Todd Neiss


A Flash Of Beauty Part 2


July 21 2024


Vendors and Beer garden


All speaker panel

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The Venue

48362 OR-58, Oakridge OR 97463

The festival will be held at Greenwaters Park which has the Willamette River running through it, as well as an amphitheater, playground and biking trails.

The Venue




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