Wild Bill Cooper Posts

Outside magazine presents online screening of Wild Bill’s Run

This is your best chance to see local documentary and Arctic crime caper Wild Bill’s Run. It’s screening on Outside’s website on Thursday evening, Feb. 7. You can watch the film anytime between 6 and 9pm (Central Time). Director Mike Scholtz will be hanging out in the comments section at the bottom of the page, waiting for people to ask him questions he can’t answer about snowmobile repair, climate change and the whereabouts of Wild Bill Cooper.

Wild Bill’s Run premiering at MSPIFF

Thursday, April 19th at 7pm at the St. Anthony Main Theatre in Minneapolis. Tickets are available here.

Wild Bill’s Run is a documentary about Willow River’s own Bill Cooper. He led a polar expedition in the 70s that was supposed to go to Moscow. But his life took some unexpected turns before landing him on the U.S. Marshals’ 10 Most Wanted List. In other words, I really grew to love this guy.

MSPIFF is the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival. It’s a pretty nice festival, even if it doesn’t take place in a barn.

I’m hoping to announce the local premiere soon. Not, like, tomorrow. But soon…

Where the hell is Cooper?

OutsideImageWBROne of my hobbies a few years ago was researching the adventures of “Wild” Bill Cooper, which resulted in an article for Minnesota Monthly that focused on his criminal history and purported demise.

Filmmaker Mike Scholtz picked up where I left off, and is producing a feature-length documentary that tells the whole Wild Bill story. In addition to the trailer above, there’s a Wild Bill’s Run website and Twitter feed. You’ll have to wait a few more months to see the final product, though. Watch for updates.