Magazine article Screen International

An Appalachian 'Journey'

Magazine article Screen International

An Appalachian 'Journey'

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The film has really connected with audiences here not just because of the local interest - it is about the Appalachian Trail which runs through North Carolina and 13 other East Coast states - but because this is a thought-provoking, charming, personal little gem of a film.

The film starts as Asheville, North Carolina-based filmmaker and adventurer Chris Gallaway starts to fall in love woman named Sunshine, who has twice done a 'thru hike' of the Appalachian Trail (attempting to walk the full 2,180 miles of the trail during one year). Gallaway was ready to do it himself, and set offon a seven-month journey that would take him across thousands of miles, physical exhaustion, family tragedy and perhaps millions of mosquitos.

"It was hard to film some of those moments because it was physically grueling, but as a filmmaker and storytelling you know it's the best stuff," Gallaway recalled after one of the film's sold-out screenings. Sunshine and other friends pitched in to help film some scenes.

From the description of the film, I worried it might be navel-gazing, sub-Wild storytelling about how tough hiking is (although a few close-ups of toe blisters brought that home). …

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