"3 Goats and a Gruff" is presumed to be Elam's first finished film, made while she lived in Yellow Springs, OH, in the late 1960s. In this fable, a "gruff" living in the woods threatens to shoot three "goats" passing, one by one, through a covered bridge. The first, a hippie flower woman, implores the gruff to let her pass and instead look for a smoking hippie man to come next. The man in turn encourages the gruff to look for the next traveler, whom he mimes to be a gruesome beast. Finally, this next man comes on a motorcycle and after a stand-off with the gruff, rides through to the path ahead. The gruff lies defeated in his wake. The exact date of production remains unknown.
Has Been Digitized?
Blown up from 8mm to 16mm as part of photochemical preservation project supported by the National Film Preservation Foundation.