'Finding Bigfoot' episode shot at Blanco business

Mike Easterling

FARMINGTON — For the second time in recent months, an outdoors business in Blanco is being featured in a film or TV production.

Jacob Chavez, owner of Majestic Enchantment, Fly Fishing on the San Juan River, stands near the river in October. Chavez's property will be featured in an upcoming episode of the Animal Planet program "Finding Bigfoot."

Majestic Enchantment, Fly Fishing on the San Juan River will be featured in an episode of the “Finding Bigfoot” program on the Animal Planet channel. Owner Jacob Chavez said he has been told the episode, titled “Return to Four Corners,” will air Sunday, Jan. 22. According to the show’s website, the episode is part of a “Finding Bigfoot” marathon and is scheduled to run at 10:01 p.m.

Chavez said a representative of the show called him in July and indicated producers were interested in shooting an episode at his riverfront property, which Chavez’s family has owned for many years. Chavez already was familiar with the program, as an episode three years ago had been shot at Majestic Enchantment. That episode featured a re-enactment of an alleged bigfoot sighting on the river from the 1980s.

Chavez welcomed “Finding Bigfoot” co-host Ranae Holland to the property on Aug. 16, and he said she spent all day there capturing footage. The purpose of her visit was to shoot a re-enactment of a bigfoot sighting that was alleged to have taken place approximately 100 miles downstream on the San Juan River in Utah a few years ago. Chavez said Holland shot several kayaking scenes and used a drone to capture a great deal of aerial footage.

The first time a “Finding Bigfoot” crew visited Majestic Enchantment, Chavez said it was in December, so fans of the show will get a different picture of his property this time.

“It was my pleasure to host them again,” he said. “I hope they come back.”

Majestic Enchantment also came to the attention of filmmaker Terrence Malick in 2012. The famed director visited the property in May of that year to shoot scenes for his documentary “Voyage of Time,” a short version of which, narrated by Brad Pitt, was released in IMAX theaters in October. The feature-length version, narrated by Cate Blanchett, is being screened at film festivals and has not yet seen a wide theatrical release.

Chavez said he hasn’t had the chance to see “Voyage of Time” yet, but he has welcome a handful of visitors to his property from New York who have seen the IMAX version of the film in theaters there.

Chavez is hopeful that all the recent exposure that has come Majestic Enchantment’s way will lead to more TV or film productions being shot there. The business offers three-quarters of a mile of San Juan River frontage to anglers, as well as a disc golf course and an art gallery.

“The future is hopefully bright for us here,” he said. “I’d like to see someone do something more permanent or consistent here. A lot of people have called and asked, and usually when they want to come down, they show up within two weeks.”

Mike Easterling is the A&E editor of The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4610.