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A documentary of one woman's attempt at solo hiking 2,000 miles, in an effort to understand herself and societal expectations.
Sometimes the best way to let go of a troubled past is to literally walk as far away from it as possible, follow the filmmaker as she struggles physically and emotionally to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine.
Sometimes the best way to let go of a troubled past is to literally walk as far away from it as possible, follow the filmmaker as she struggles physically and emotionally to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine.
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Alpine Zone explores a 28-year-old woman’s journey to rediscover oneself by undertaking a daunting challenge: thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail. Presenting herself with a test of physical and mental capabilities, and an opportunity to interact with like-minded travelers, the 6-month journey is sure to have a deep impact on the filmmakers’ life.

Like the famous Bob Dylan song suggests, “times, they are a changin’” seems to always ring true, to every generation. Each new age group seems to face challenges and expectations on many levels. Today’s generations are expected to be married, own a home, have started a career and be on their way to having their first child by the ripe age of 30.  But, the times, they are a changing and with that comes a new feeling of uncertainty and desire toward self-discovery.

Through a reflexive and personal point-of-view storytelling and a cinema verite style of shooting, the documentary will engage the audience to join Feener on this life-changing experience through nature.

Alpine Zone is about walking through life and preserving it, while allowing for the continuation of growth and discovery. Like the natural region where it gets its name, the film deals with a delicate landscape, both literal and figurative. Where every step matters and every decision can be the difference between the end or continuation of emotional and physical growth.

The Funds:

$6,500 is the minimum amount to get this project produced. It is my hope that I can raise more than this, thus improving the quality of the project that you are taking your time to invest in. The more funds I raise, the better camera and audio gear I can use.

The funds raised for the film will help cover the hike, which costs 3-5 thousand to do (food, shelter, etc), camera and audio gear, post-production work and will also pay for the rewards here on Kickstarter.

The more I raise, the better the product and your viewing experience.

Previous Experience:

In 2007 I had made my first full length documentary entitled Where There is a Will. The film follows the Killelea family as they try to rehabilitate their son Patrick who suffered a devastating head injury in 2006. The film chronicles their struggle from injury till fall of 2007 when all of their private funding had been scheduled to run out. Both private and federal insurance refused to help this recovering young man, threatening to put the Killelea family past financial ruin into complete bankruptcy. Through it all, one thing remained constant. That familial bond that holds the group together, without this, there would be no will, there would be no way.

On October 13th, 2007 I organized a fundraising event at Masconomet Regional High School in Boxford, Massachusetts.  At that event the documentary had it’s official premiere, through event tickets, a silent auction and generous donations; $15,000 dollars was raised for the Killelea family. Within the next year, the Killelea’s were able to bring Patrick home.

Want to know more? Check out www.alpinezonefilm.com


Thanks for looking, and I hope to be sending you a reward for your participation before the end of 2012!

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    You will be sent a personalized postcard during the Appalachian Trail thru-hike; plus the previous reward.

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    Toured group day-hike of Mount Chocorua in New Hampshire, the first mountain the Filmmaker ever hiked (transportation costs included depending on distance, message for details); plus previous rewards.

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