In comments before the movie’s world premiere at the Austin Film Festival Cusick tried to explain his intentions: “One of the things I felt strongly about in the making of ‘The Wild Man’ is that I wanted this film to embrace the sincerity of the situation. We’re not playing for laughs or shock value, even though the titular character wears a modified Bigfoot costume for the entire runtime. There’s something that was so freeing and vulnerable about embracing sort of an occult idea with open hearts. And there’s something about that strangeness that makes it feel like a fairytale, speaking to something more universal. The sort of story that could remind us of our own relationships to our loved ones, to the world around us, and to ourselves. And at its core we wanted to capture the instability of our minds against an unconditional love. Most of all, I just hope my dad likes the film.”

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top: Fessenden with director / actor Riley Cusick; below Jenna Kanell with the wild man.

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